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Drivers react to rising gas prices

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

For 32 days in a row, gasoline prices have gone up, and many folks are starting to feel it in their wallets. 

According to gasbuddy.com, the average price for gas in Georgia is $3.68 for a gallon of regular unleaded gas. In South Carolina, gas is a little cheaper at $3.53 a gallon. The national average is $3.69, up nearly 20 cents from a last year. 

Folks in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire say the higher gas prices and smaller paychecks don't add up. They said they've already had to adjust to the extra tax cuts, now they can't even afford the essentials, like food. 

"It really hits me because I'm on a fixed income," Florence Scott, a Savannah resident, said. "When I'm getting gas that means you can't buy some groceries I might need, or do the little things for myself." 

Scott said its too stressful for a woman her age. 

Andrea Burkiett noticed the gas prices Monday and said, "wow, they're awfully high."

Burkiett just moved to Savannah, so for her, this couldn't have come at the worst time.

"We can't do much shopping," she said. "We can't decorate the new home."

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Peter Verbrick remembers the days when he pumped gas for 25 cents a gallon, before the big gas companies came in.

"I wish the big oil companies could keep prices down so Americans could get the economy going again," said Verbrick. 

He said current prices makes it difficult for people to save.

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