It's Monday and if you're filling the tank today no matter where you live in Washington State the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded is selling for $4.60 a gallon up from 4.57 last week according to GasBuddy.

GAS IS ALWAYS CHEAPER IN YAKIMA WHEN COMPARED TO THE STATE PRICE

But if you're in Yakima average gasoline prices in Yakima have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.23 a gallon today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in Yakima. Prices in Yakima are  unchanged versus a month ago and stand 80.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

IF YOU PUMP DIESEL THERE'S GOOD NEWS

The national average price of diesel has fallen 3.2 cents in the last week and stands at $3.94 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in the valley was priced at $3.60 a gallon Sunday.
The national average price of gasoline is unchanged  in the last week, averaging $3.51 a gallon today.

AS EXPECTED WE'LL SEE PRICES RISE BEFORE MEMORIAL WEEKEND

"In the run up to Memorial Day, the national average price of gas has seen little overall movement over the last week. We've seen more states see prices climb than fall, which has been driven by oil's volatility as debt ceiling discussions are ongoing. I think we'll see prices rise slightly as we get closer to Memorial Day, especially if there are positive developments in the debt ceiling discussions in D.C., while pessimism could drive prices slightly lower," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "I continue to be optimistic that the national average will remain under $4 per gallon for most of, if not the entire summer, with Americans spending a combined $1.6 billion less on gasoline over Memorial Day weekend this year compared to last.

REMEMBER WHEN?

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
May 22, 2022: $5.04/g (U.S. Average: $4.57/g)
May 22, 2021: $3.47/g (U.S. Average: $3.03/g)
May 22, 2020: $2.28/g (U.S. Average: $1.95/g)
May 22, 2019: $3.46/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g)
May 22, 2018: $3.33/g (U.S. Average: $2.95/g)
May 22, 2017: $2.81/g (U.S. Average: $2.35/g)
May 22, 2016: $2.49/g (U.S. Average: $2.28/g)
May 22, 2015: $2.87/g (U.S. Average: $2.74/g)
May 22, 2014: $3.83/g (U.S. Average: $3.65/g)
May 22, 2013: $3.89/g (U.S. Average: $3.66/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $4.55/g, up 1.9 cents per gallon from last week's $4.53/g.
Seattle- $4.72/g, up 1.4 cents per gallon from last week's $4.70/g.
Washington- $4.56/g, up 1.2 cents per gallon from last week's $4.54/g.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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