Some low gas prices may still be keeping you from splurging

Everyday struggles are the backdrop to many of our top stories. In this one from CBS News MoneyWatch, Stephanie Simon says low gas prices are stressing some Americans out. Fall out from hurricanes and…

Some low gas prices may still be keeping you from splurging

Everyday struggles are the backdrop to many of our top stories. In this one from CBS News MoneyWatch, Stephanie Simon says low gas prices are stressing some Americans out.

Fall out from hurricanes and economic uncertainty have put a lot of pressure on America’s gas stations. But there are some changes you can make, if your wallet is feeling the pinch. And there’s good news that, at least for now, the nationwide pump price still sits at an average of about $2.39 per gallon.

According to a Consumer Reports survey released in September, 12 percent of the 2,001 people surveyed said they were forced to forego flights, 16 percent had to forgo dining out, and almost half of Americans have cut back on driving or have put off trips.

Is your spending schedule constrained because of low gas prices? Check out the MoneyWatch tool for a detailed look at some other factors that may be holding you back from splurging on the things you love. If you have tips for cutting back on gas prices and others expenses, make sure to share them with us by adding them to the comments section below.

CBS News MoneyWatch Editor Stephanie Simon contributed to this report.

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