Gas prices start to fluctuate

The dip is only slight, but it is the first time in more than two weeks it has dropped.

The national average is now at $3.27 a gallon. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is hovering around $3.26 in the Triangle, up more than 75 cents from the same time last year.

With the American dollar buying less and less, prices at the pump continue their record climb, and the effects linger long after the fill up.

Supermarket workers say foot traffic is down, as shoppers cut back.

"You have a lot of breakfast dinner nights. So more low budget dinners versus the steaks on the grill," Cary Resident, Tracy Styron said.

And with oil closing above $110 a barrel, analysts expect prices to go even higher.

"We try not to do a lot of excessive driving but really all of our driving is something we have to do," Resident, Jennifer Butler said.

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