People feel less pain at the pump

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Prices at the pump have been on the downswing, bringing us to the lowest national average gas price since February 2011.

Drivers across the country are paying an average of $3.18, which is exactly how much it was to fill up at the 24 Road Stop and Save Wednesday.

"Figure it's about $.50 less than it has been, that makes a huge difference on the budget," said Carla Carlson, who traveled to Grand Junction from Denver on business. "So on both ways, that's 500 miles. That's a lot of money to spend on other things."

Gas Buddy found Grand Junction's cheapest gas on Wednesday was $3.09 and the most expensive was $3.39, but even that higher price is $.07 less than the average price last month.

The decline comes right in time for the holidays, while traveling is at its peak.

"A little bit easier on the pocket. Instead of a hundred bucks, you're going 85 at the pump," said Chance Mcrae, who is traveling to Washington for the holidays.

AAA experts said they expect the prices to continue dropping for the rest of the year.

"That would be great if it went to three, below three dollars," said Frank Aguilera, who filled up at Stop and Save Wednesday. "That would be a good Christmas."

The national gas price average has not been less than $3 since December 2010, AAA said, but some state averages have started dipping below that recently.

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