Slumping gasoline prices give consumers a break

RELIEF AT THE PUMP – Derek Dunn of Levelland appreciated the lower gas prices this week as he filled his girlfriend’s car at United Supermarket. Falling gasoline prices have come at a good time for consumers. Prices dipped below $2.80 a gallon here this week at some stations, and prices have been even lower in Lubbock. Prices could dip further. (Staff Photo)

The continuing decline in gasoline prices at the pump is putting a smile on motorists’ faces.

Prices, which hovered in the $3.40 a gallon-plus range  in August, have trailed off in recent weeks.

The price at the pump dipped from $2.81 a gallon for regular to $2.79 a gallon Wednesday at United Supermarket.

Similar prices were charged at other  regular fuel stations in Levelland late this week, while Bolton’s on West 19th Street in Lubbock was charging $2.65 a gallon Friday.

The drop in prices is a big help for students who commute to South Plains College.

Moraina Romero, who drives from Muleshoe to SPC four days a week, said the decline has been great.

‘I’m having to put less money into it,’ Romero said. ‘At the beginning of the semester, it was about $70 a week. Now it’s probably $40-45 for a fill-up.’

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