Free Advice: Fill up your gas tank

Prices for regular unleaded gasoline in St. Cloud were averaging $3.24 per gallon on Friday, the lowest price in months and 23 cents per gallon less expensive than a year ago.

The local prices was also the lowest of Minnesota’s metro areas on Friday and 33 cents lower than the national average, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. That’s a rarity.

The dramatic recent decrease in gas prices means that at Friday’s St. Cloud price, a driver of a 2012 Ford Escape 4WD would pay about $9.30 less than a year ago to make a St. Cloud-Chicago roundtrip. Here’s a handy calculator to check trip costs based on your destination and your vehicle’s make, model and year.

AAA attributes the falling prices to in part to sluggish demand.

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Lisa Schwarz

About Lisa Schwarz

By day, I'm a St. Cloud Times editor guiding coverage of politics, government, public safety and business beats. By night, I'm leading the cubicle jailbreak as the Times Traveler. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LisaSSchwarz and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sctimeslisa
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