Phyllis K. Smith, CBSDFW.COMBy Phyllis Smith

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Gas prices are now averaging $3.57 a gallon in Texas, a nickel higher than last week.

It’s still below the national average but that’s no consolation for north Texans who have no choice but to pay up when they fill up.

Tomas Aguayo is a landscaper. He says he’s barely making ends meet because his customers refuse to pay more money for his services. He says he used to pay $70 or $80 a week on gas for his truck and lawn equipment, but that’s gone up to $110 a week.

Tracy Coffee is a mother and part-time pre-school teacher. She has kids at home she drives to school and extra curricular activities as well as one in college. She says just this past week she filled up her car 5 times at $20 a pop. Coffee says the gas prices plus the higher cost for essentials like milk and bread are forcing her family to make some changes. She’s thinking of downsizing and simplifying to cut costs.

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Industry analysts say prices traditionally go up this time of year for several reasons including higher demand and refineries that shut down for routine maintenance.

To find the cheapest gasoline prices in your area, check our KRLD Pump Patrol.

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