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CONSUMER ALERT: We're Paying More At The Pump; How You Can Save This Holiday Season

KHQ.COM - Gas prices are on the rise and it's right about the time you probably need a little extra money for your Christmas budget.

But there are a few things you can do to save some money on gas so that Christmas isn't totally ruined.

This December, gas is up 25 cents over last December. It may not seem like much, but for a car that holds 19 gallons - it's almost 5 dollars more per fill-up.

"I'm noticing it creeping up, but I need gas and I fill it up," says Patty Richardson.

Richardson says she's not protesting gas prices yet, but she is being smarter these days.

"What I try to do is consolidate errands. As you can see, I've loaded the car with trips to Goodwill to the dog shelter on the hill, doing things to coordinate everything done in one run."

It's a great approach to save money during the holiday season. As gas prices drift upward, more people will be looking at ways to keep their Christmas budgets intact while keeping up at the pump. For Greg Barnhart, it won't be Christmas that takes the hit.

"I have to just cut back on some other things," Barnhart says."Don't go out to eat."

Barnhart feels the increase more than most. He's got a 70-mile round trip between work and home.

"I'm spending about 10 dollars a day in gas to get to and from work, it's probably, I don't know how much more a month. Twenty-five dollars a month I would say."

You can track gas prices online through several websites. AAA also offers more tips on saving gas.

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