The pain at the pump is only getting worse: Thursday's gas price average was $4.48 per gallon in San Diego, an increase of nearly 10 cents in just a week.
"I don't look for two cents less — I look for 20 or 30 cents less," said Jerry, a man NBC 7 spoke with at a local gas station.
Across the county, gas prices are as low as $4.07 at some stations in Escondido and $4.09 at some Costco locations, but many stations are paying a lot more for their inventory and passing that along to consumers.
"I'll go as far as 15, 20 miles for some cheap gas," said Derick Johnson, another customer.
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Fall and winter are when demand usually falls off and the region sees lower gas prices. One reason for the lower prices is a switch to the cheaper winter blend. However, oil prices are still high, which could be the reason for the highest gas prices in years.
"I have a long commute," said John Gomez, who commutes from Fallbrook to San Diego. "I have to fill up, like, twice a week. Shopping around probably saves me $100, $150 a month."
San Diego County is still a long ways away from its record high of $4.72 a gallon, which was set in October 2012. Still, people are already looking for ways to save on gas.
"You gotta come to the places you know are going to give you a better deal if you pay cash," Meg Brown said. "I'm probably saving a good $40 every fill-up on a big truck like this."