Average house prices/values are on the rise, there's much more traffic on the roads, the fast-food lines are longer, the wait to get a table at your favorite restaurant is expanding, and the gas prices are on the way UP..... Here are just a few from around the Midland area today, and it varies from place to place:

STRIPES AT LOOP 250 AND BIG SPRING ST

STRIPES AT BRIARWOOD AND MIDLAND DR

DK OFF LOOP 250 FRONTAGE RD

KENT KWIK ON BRIARWOOD BEHIND WALMART

JACK'S AT WADLEY AND BIG SPRING ST

As you can see--there's a little variance from place to place but the running theme is it's gone up at least .10 to .27 cents a gallon over the past 2 weeks, depending on where you're at. On a recent trip back home to the Chicago area-gas in the city was close to $5 a gallon at about $4.70, and a little lower in the western suburbs. So it could always be worse. We had a cab driver tell us that gas in California was at $5 a gallon in some cities. It just always blows my mind when I see the prices go up here, but then travelling thru Texas and stopping for gas in Big Spring the prices were .25 cents a gallon lower--that it's more expensive here where the stuff comes from than it is in surrounding areas.

I'm sure there's an explanation that this boy who moved here from Chicago last year just hasn't heard yet.....

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.

LOOK: Here are 25 ways you could start saving money today

These money-saving tips—from finding discounts to simple changes to your daily habits—can come in handy whether you have a specific savings goal, want to stash away cash for retirement, or just want to pinch pennies. It’s never too late to be more financially savvy. Read on to learn more about how you can start saving now. [From: 25 ways you could be saving money today]