Like a lot of good things, the falling gasoline prices were not destined to last forever.
In the Kansas City area, they appear to bottom out in the $1.60 a gallon range. It was always confusing at the pay-before-you-pump stations to gauge how much money to give the clerk for a fill-up.
Inevitably, the low prices necessitated a trip back to the station for change. The owners station loved it because then people were more likely to pick up some treats before happily driving away.
But those days appear to be numbered. The price at the pump in Kansas City on Tuesday was $1.92 a gallon.
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Crude oil prices have been trending upward around $50 a barrel. The rebound for the oil companies will play well on Wall Street.
But on Main Street, motorists will go back to watching their pennies at the pump a little more closely.