MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. — ’Tis the season of jingle bells, but what also might be jingling throughout December is the extra change in your pocket due to big savings on gas.
“Maybe not the best gift, but it is a nice treat,” motorist Mark Debrauske said.
A drop in crude oil costs is what’s driving prices down at the pump, according to AAA.
Drivers in 32 states are paying less now to fill up than they were this time last year, and the national gas price average has dropped more than 50 cents since Memorial Day weekend.
James Plaster considers that a good thing because he drives a lot for work.
“(During) the last two days (of work) I put on 150 miles ... (Now I'm) saving money,” Plaster said.
After spending some time driving around the Milwaukee area and consulting websites including gasbuddy.com, TODAY’S TMJ4 found the cheapest gas in Oak Creek at $1.84 a gallon. At this price, filling up a car with a 12-gallon tank would cost less than $25.
So, if you don't have plans this holiday weekend and you want to tailgate outside Lambeau Field for the Packers’ last game of the season, you could easily take a “one- tank trip” to Green Bay for a price per gallon that’s almost as cheap as a bag of chips.