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Austinites spending $100+ on gas as prices reach never before seen heights


Filling up your car has never left a deeper dent in your wallet as gas prices soar to almost $5 in Austin.

As of Tuesday, the average gas price was $4.70, up 13 cents from last week and $2 this time last year in the Austin metro, according to AAA. Nationally, the average price of gas has gone up to $5.

We asked Austonia readers to send us pictures of what they're seeing as they fill up.

Steph Bartone, an Austin native, is really feeling the uptick in prices as she drives a 2500 Ram Diesel.

As a realtor, she drives to the Georgetown/Leander area, as well as the Kyle/San Marcos area and says the gas prices for diesel have had a huge impact on her finances. The average price of Diesel is $5.28 as of Tuesday.

She says she would pay about $80 to fill up when she bought it a little over a year ago to paying $130+ per tank—$700+ a month.

"I am looking to get into a gas truck to help reduce the amount of money I spend on gas," she said.

Jamie Wilson spent $123.54 filling up her Ford Truck a week ago. "I was in sticker shock."

Chris Peterson, a local retiree, drove his Ford F-150 to New Braunfels on Monday for a swim in the Comal River. On his way back up to Austin, he stopped at Buc-ee's for gas.

When he saw he was at $123, he thought the pump was broken. "After a minute or so, I came to my senses and realized that what I saw was what it was. This was a shock for someone that has filled up gas tanks in texas for 52 years!" Peterson said.

Lakeway resident Janet Hobbs spent $183.68 at the pump Tuesday as she traveled home from a convention in Fort Worth.

Electric vehicle owners have not had to feel the pain felt at the pump.

Dale Bulla started driving electric in 2011 and says he has been "begging" others to do the same.​

"It’s a shame it has taken this long for Americans to understand that fossil fuels are not the future," he said.


A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.

Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.