Have you noticed that there is less money at the end of your month? It’s not your imagination. The cost of goods and services is going up nationwide, and the Killeen area is no exception.

The Wichita Falls Times Record News reports that gas prices are rising steadily, and you’re probably searching for the cheapest possible place to fill up your tank every week. Also, if you’re planning a road trip for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, it’s a good idea to check prices along your route first to see what you can expect.

Fuel prices have seen a big jump since this time last year

According to AAA, in November 2020, the average price per gallon in Texas was $1.81. That has increased dramatically over the last 12 months. As of this week, Killeen Daily Herald is reporting the cost of regular unleaded is averaging $3.02 per gallon in Killeen, Temple, and Copperas Cove.

The good news? There are some ways to find relief at the pump. Tracking prices in your area can help you make the best choice about where you should make your pit stops.

Free apps that can help save you money

Gas Buddy is a free app that can give you the cheapest gas in your area. You can search by city, state, and province, or by brand. It’s also a handy tool that lets you plan trips, offers fuel insights, and provides info about vehicle recalls. Searching Gas Buddy for the lowest price in Killeen brings up Sam’s Club in Harker Heights, with regular unleaded listed at $2.79 per gallon.

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Gas Guru is another free gas price tracking app that also lets you see nearby restaurants, ATM's, and other businesses, making it a good choice for traveling. There are additional free apps that will let you pay for gas on your phone, plan your trip, and even pay you back a portion of your expense per mile. Get Upside is an app that lets you snap a pic of your gas receipt and earn cash back if you make the purchase at businesses listed on their site.

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Gas Buddy is showing the least you will pay per gallon in Texas is $2.29 at a Valero in Baytown for regular unleaded. Here's to safe (and hopefully cheap) travels as you make your way through the rest of 2021!

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