Ah, the good old days when gas prices were reasonable and eating seafood and steak was affordable. Prices are soaring for everything from food to gas to clothing, and the experts say we may not have seen the worst of it yet.

Gas and diesel prices are soaring again in Massachusetts.
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Wednesday was one of those days that I saw one set of gas prices on the way to work and a slightly higher set of prices on the way home. It appeared for a brief period as though prices at the pump might be retreating, but not so much.

Gas and diesel prices are soaring again in Massachusetts.
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AAA Northeast says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Massachusetts was $4.24 on Wednesday, up from $4.22 on Tuesday. A month ago, the price per gallon was $4.18. It was $2.80 a year ago.

New Bedford Area Gas And Diesel Prices Soaring Again
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The record high price for a gallon of gas in Massachusetts was $4.35 set on March 11, 2022.

New Bedford Area Gas And Diesel Prices Soaring Again
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Bristol and Hamden Counties currently have the least expensive gas in Massachusetts on average while the most expensive gas, more than $5 per gallon, can be found in Middlesex County and on the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard

New Bedford Area Gas And Diesel Prices Soaring Again
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Two years ago this week, I filled up for $1.42 in Seekonk.

New Bedford Area Gas And Diesel Prices Soaring Again
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What is really alarming is how high and how fast the price of diesel fuel is rising. The average price for a gallon of diesel fuel in Massachusetts on Wednesday was $6.10, up six cents from Tuesday.

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The trucks that haul food and other supplies to the area stores rely on diesel and increased diesel prices mean higher prices for the things we buy.

New Bedford Area Gas And Diesel Prices Soaring Again
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Wednesday's $6.10 price per gallon for diesel was a Commonwealth record.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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