Gas prices continue to rise due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The war in Ukraine is expected to cause gasoline prices to spike. Right now the average price per gallon is $3.35 according to AAA of Alabama. It’s over 30 cents for a month. Experts say pump prices could rise another 20 to 30 cents per gallon across the country.

Gas prices are rising daily, it seems, with stations on Birmingham’s Underground ranging from $3.35 a gallon to $3.49 in some places.

Like many people, the price at the pump is causing Courtney Smith to rethink her itinerary.

“Definitely try to use less gas wherever I go,” said Smith, who was refueling at a Birmingham station.

It’s not just gas. Food prices also continue to rise. Russia and Ukraine are major producers of commodities such as grain. These prices typically increase during major world events that will most likely ripple through the grocery aisle.

On Facebook, we asked, “Are you more worried about rising gas prices or rising food prices?” Thousands of people responded saying both. Teresa told us “it’s getting scary…food and gas prices are going up every day and the pay rate stays the same”.

We cannot forget the pandemic. It still has an impact on things like the supply chain. Lynn Douglas calls what we are experiencing the new reality.

“We’re going to have to learn to live with it and remember that we’re part of the global community and what happens in the world affects us all,” Douglas said.

Back at the gas pump, Courtney tries to find as many ways as possible to stretch a dollar.

“You’re going to pay a price increase no matter what you want. Every person I know or know of does… is also going through a pandemic. So everything has to stretch,” added Smith.

Even though gas prices continue to rise, you can still find deals. We found gas on Sunday for $3.04 a gallon on the GasBuddy app. These apps can be useful if you’re trying to save money.

You can find the cheapest gas prices in your area here: https://www.gasbuddy.com/home

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