Gas prices expected to soar over summer

(WEAU) Experts say gas in Wisconsin could go over four dollars a gallon this summer.

But what does that mean for some of your favorite summer activities?

"I love the garage sales, I like the bargains," said Rita Johnson from Minnesota.

All is quiet in Eau Claire as gas stations have sat at $3.89 for unleaded gas for over a week now.

But the U.S Energy Information Administration is forecasting a peak of about four dollars a gallon in May and an average of $3.95 for the summer, which is 6.3 percent higher than last summer.

Although gas prices will increase this summer, garage sale shoppers say they will still try to find the best deal that they can.

"Everybody has something their trying to get rid of, and your always looking for something, so yea it wouldn't stop me from garage sailing,” said Rita Johnson, who is helped her daughter’s garage sale in Altoona.

Traveling to garage sales can eat up your gas tank and could eventually cost more than buying your average bargain.

"Probably still drive around the same, you know you're always going to be in and out of town you never know, just follow the signs if your out to look for anything in particular," said David Richards, who lives in Augusta.

Gas has the potential to rise to $4.50, and crude oil to $114 a barrel up from last summer's $104 dollars a barrel.

Kelly Spataro says it will affect her commute to work.

"I think it’s going to be difficult that way I drive over 70 miles a day, I think that's going to be a big increase for me," said Kelly Spataro who lives in Hammond.

But she believes if her sister had another garage sale this summer, customers still would come out for the sales.

"It seems like a lot of people coming through live around the area they're walking, they're biking," said Kelly.

"Garage sales are usually kind of altogether so you can walk, the gas prices wouldn't effect that at all," said Rita.


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  • by me Location: eau claire on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:50 PM
    alot of people had their home foreclosed because they lost their jobs .
  • by Northwoods Free Man on Apr 16, 2012 at 07:42 PM
    Thank you President Downgrade for slowing the offshore drilling process to the point that many drilling rigs pulled up out of the Gulf. Thank you for more regulations and for keeping 90% of all offshore tracts from being explored for oil.
  • by g on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
    Well this is one issue that all can agree on. High gas prices hurt us ALL. Lets all get together and become reunited around something.
  • by Rick Location: Trempealeau on Apr 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    Does anyone ever think about supply and demand? If we all got rid the larger gas guzzling vehicles that we don't really need and used more fuel efficient modes of transportation we wouldn't be discussing this topic. When did driving a heavy box shaped vehicle become hip? Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of businesses and consumers that need the larger vehicles to haul and carry things. But do we all? I think not. We are the fuel that drives this monster. We choose to ignore the simple facts. The auto makers build what we want to drive or more importantly be seen in. We need to do a reality check. Because someone decided it was cool to drive larger heavy expensive vehicles, we are all paying for it. We need to make a stand on this issue and refuse to associate social style with what gets us from point A to B. Don't be bullied into buying what people think is cool. It's not cool to allow the gas tank to suck the life from your wallet. Think of what you could have or purchase due to putting less fuel into your tank! Sounds simple doesn't? I guess we just sit back and wait for the government to tell us what to do? Or, do we change our destiny ourselves? I choose to drive less and use less! WILL YOU?
    • reply
      by pilot39 on Apr 17, 2012 at 08:02 AM in reply to Rick
      Rick, You make some good points. However, leadership has to come from the top. Obama is flying around to fund raisers in his 747. His wife and family are flying to Martha's Vineyard and Spain. Granted all presidents have done it but when on one hand they talk carbon foot print and energy coservation it sounds pretty hypercritical to me (think Al Gore). I drive a car that gets 30 mpg, however my 4 wheel drive truck which I need only gets 18 or so. The green energy program that he's proposing is a joke. You can't run you car on wind power. I'm all for saving energy but there needs to be some common sense. We have his "Hollywood types" proposing energy conservation and they live in 25,000 square foot houses. Mine is about 1500 square feet. Sorry but we need to get our domestic production up, keep our oil here and yes, conserve as much as possible. Let's also not forget that his 'energy czar' thought our gas prices should match the European prices of around $8-9 a gallon (he doesn't own a car by the way).
  • by Buffalo County on Apr 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    Allthe more reason to be on the positive side of mining frac sand and stop being dependent on foreign oil!!
  • by Wendy Location: Augusta on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:43 AM
    Maybe Ron Kind and Pres Obamas plan to add high carbon dioxide taxes to gasoline isn't such a good idea afterall. Middle class families are already seeing pain at the pump. Why should we give money to the feds so they can buy $500 hammers and fund 80 billion in healthcare fraud.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    It's not just driving that is affected. Wait until a carrot costs $3.
  • by Norma Location: Eau Claire on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    Gas may go to over $4.00 per gallon, and the angle of this story is how it will affect garage sales? This is what is important about out-of-control gas prices?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 at 08:16 AM in reply to Norma
      Amen. Crazy isn't it?
  • by billy Location: ec on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    Where are the facts that say the prices will go up?? Every other article I read/heard says they are on their way DOWN!!!
    • reply
      by E on Apr 16, 2012 at 09:35 AM in reply to billy
      Unfortunately there are no "facts" when it comes to gas prices since they are based on speculators, supply, demand, what happens a half a world away, etc. This is what "analysts" are saying will happen. I too have heard from other media that their analysts believe they have peaked already. It would be interesting to see why they are on opposite ends of the spectrum though.
  • by RES on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    To heck with playing the blame game, WE have to learn to deal with the higher prices! Most all of us will be affected, except those that have the money to blow. Our lives will change dramatically. As it is, my car stays parked in the garage more, we dont do any unecesary running, all errands are planned for one day. Our priorities have changed, vacations are out, and visiting out of town relatives have been put on the very back burner. Somehow we have to find a way to stop this, possibly boycotting the local stations. Nobody seems to have the answer.
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