The price of gas is dropping in Spokane but not nearly as fast as other areas.
For example, on average its 20 cents cheaper a gallon just across the border in Idaho. Taxes play a huge roll in that, but also competition. Even here in the Spokane area you can find differences of 10 cents or more depending on where you fill up.
But still, the good news is prices are falling. According to GasBuddy.com, the average price of a gallon of regular in Spokane has fallen 1.7 cents in the last week. The national average fell 4.2 cents.
When you compare prices now to a year ago they're about 21 cents cheaper and that's the silver lining.
However Patrick Dehann of GasBuddy.com said typically Eastern Washington sees cheaper gas prices than Western Washington, which is not the case right now. Dehann said in a month we should see prices under $3.50, which is typical as we enter the winter months and demand goes down for gasoline.
He added that of all the cities in our state, Spokane is the most consistent with prices dropping.
Plenty of retailers out there are offering incentives with the most common being the use of cash; if you use cash instead of a debit or credit card you can find prices as much as 10 cents a gallon cheaper depending on the gas station.