Wait… how much is gas in Westbrook, Maine???


We recently felt a breath of fresh air and a sense of relief with gas prices here in Maine. For quite a while we were used to seeing prices in the high $4 range and even spike a little over $5.

It got to the point where you would see gas for $4.30 and think WOW! That is a lot! Which is scary.

I think it was last week when I saw prices drop below $4 and when I saw my first $3.94 I pulled into the gas station and filled it up right away.

However, over the weekend I had a heart attack.

I pulled out of one gas station in Westbrook and looked across the street at another and saw with disbelief that the price loudly and proudly read “$9.89” on their glowing sign near the street. I yelled “what!” and immediately stopped the car to take a picture.

At first I thought I might need a new glasses prescription. Then I asked my passenger seat driver if they saw what I saw. Once this was confirmed we decided it had to be a typo or there was no fucking way.

As we drove by I broke my neck looking in all directions to compare all the other signs they might have and a tiny one near the gas pump said “$3.89”. OK. phew

Definitely a typo.

But can you imagine paying nearly $10 for a gallon of gas? Back when prices were rising at alarming rates, I remember hearing newscasters on TV and reading headlines in my feeds that we could expect prices near these levels towards the end of the summer.

I’m glad to see prices falling instead of going back up the other way, but that typo at the gas station turned my stomach. I hope I never see that day!

LOOK: See how much gas it cost in the year you started driving

To learn more about how the price of gas has changed over the years, Stacker ran the figures on the cost of a gallon of gas for each of the last 84 years. Use Data from the Office for Labor Statistics (published April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the consumer price index (CPI) for regular unleaded gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to examine gas costs over time and rediscover how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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