How Falling Gas Prices Could Help the Economy

I was recently driving to work and heard on the radio about gas prices in New Jersey falling to $2.99 per gallon of regular. Yes, that’s right, gas prices starting with a “2“! I was so happy to hear the story but I was quickly disappointed to realize it was just a passing comment at the end of the business report. I guess it’s hard to compete with a looming U.S. default or some other negative news that has taken priority.

Anyway, it is good news! According to, the National Average Price for regular is $3.34 per gallon (as of 10/14/13) and it was $3.79 a year ago. I typically fill up once a week and need about 15 gallons each time. That’s a savings of about $6.75 per week, and at that rate, more than $330 a year to spend on something else!

National Average Gas Prices - AAA


Here are a few things that you could buy for about $300 or less:

The list goes on and on and hopefully everyone feels a little less ‘pinched’ with the lower gasoline prices. It should also go a long way to help airlines, delivery companies, and any part of the economy that requires some form of travel in their business. So celebrate the good times while you can!

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Michael Helveston, CFP®, CRPC®

Mike Helveston, CFP®, CRPC® is Director of Adviser Services at Rodgers & Associates. He manages the team of advisers and is responsible for maintaining the firm’s financial planning process. In addition, he provides comprehensive tax, estate and investment planning advice to guide our high-net-worth clients toward their financial goals. Mike joined Rodgers & Associates in 2007 after starting in the profession over 15 years ago with Vanguard.

Mike is a contributor to Forbes, has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and has also appeared on television and radio discussing various financial planning issues.

Mike has served the community as a volunteer mortgage counselor with Tabor Community Services, a student financial literacy volunteer for Junior Achievement and as a mentor through Bridge of Hope. His hobbies include running, golfing with friends, listening to music and watching professional sports. He resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and three children.

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