Gas prices lowest in 6 1/2 years

Gas selling as low as $1.63 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Drivers have a little more jingle in their pockets for holiday shopping as gas prices  have dropped to their lowest level in 6 1/2 years.

The average in San Antonio is $1.78, according to GasBuddy.com; and AAA.  However, drivers were finding fuel as cheap as $1.63 in the Great Northwest neighborhood off Culebra and Tezel.

"You can't beat that," said Joe Gonzalez, who was topping off his pickup's tank for $1.65 at the Murphy USA.

Pump prices have dropped 20 cents a gallon in the past month as the price of crude oil has tanked; U.S. oil dipped to just over $38 a barrel Monday.

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For drivers with holiday shopping on their minds, it is now less painful to gas up the guzzler.

"It's why I'm filling this beast up," said Gary Hamilton while filling his F-250 pickup. "This guy is like pouring gas in a hole in the ground." 

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Back when gas was $3 a gallon, Andre Brown drove his smaller car.  Now, he's gassing up the Tahoe.

"Get the whole family and put everybody in there now," Brown said.

The drop in gas prices matters to drivers like Gonzalez; when gas was $3, it was tough to afford to drive his truck.

"It's a big difference," he said.

for the driver who fills up weekly, the difference between $3 gas and what drivers pay now adds up to more than $1,000 a year.

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