People gassed up about $1.87 pump price in Gulfport

By Brad Kessie - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - At least for now, people seem to be pumped up about pump prices. Gas at Canal Road in Gulfport is now as low as $1.87 a gallon.

Most prices around Harrison County range from $1.95 to $2.05. But it's the Flying J on Canal Road that seems to be beating everybody. Al Bodge found that out when he pulled off of I-10. "I can't remember the last time I paid $1.87 for gas," the Florida man said.

The surprisingly low price he found at the pump made the final leg of Al Bodge's trip from Florida to Las Vegas and then back east quite a bit cheaper. "This sure helps a lot, that's for sure," he said. "I may have to put this receipt in my scrapbook."

You could see both joy and relief in drivers' eyes as pumps tallied prices that people could actually afford. Tana Rountree was relieved, "because I live in Ocean Springs and I work over here. So it's definitely been a lifesaver," she said.

The sign along Canal Road told the happy story. Regular unleaded gasoline was $1.87.9 per gallon.

Don Martin saw the price, and he said, "Why not stop and get gas, cheap, at a cheaper price."

At this cheaper price, 17 gallons of gas would cost a driver roughly $32. Think about what that means. When gas prices were closer to $4, that same 17 gallon fill up would have topped the $66 mark. So right now, you're saving about $34 per fill up. As Henry Turner filled up his family's car, the Biloxi man said, "About time it comes down."

Here's more gas saving math. If you pump 17 gallons of gas into your car once a week, you'll have an additional $136 in your pocket every month. And you'll save more than $1,600 a year. "Excellent," Sally Tillman said. "I'm so happy the gas is going down. Very, very happy."

But remember, you'll only get that savings if gas prices remain at their current levels. "That's why I come here," said Rountree, looking at the $1.87 per gallon price on her pump. "This is one of the cheapest places on the coast right now."

According to AAA, the average prices for gas in Mississippi is $2.07.  On July 16, Mississippians were paying more than $3.96 per gallon.