FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- At the the beginning of 2013, the average price for gas in Mississippi was almost 30 cents below today's prices.
Just in the past week, prices have risen by almost 10 cents.
"I just don't know why it's going up, and I don't think anyone else does either. I guess because it can," said David Myers of Batesville.
While the cause of rising prices is a bit harder to identify, what's not hard to find is the effect it's having on Mississippi residents and those from neighboring states.
"It's really frustrating sometimes. I spend a lot more money on gas than I expect to, especially in the last few weeks. However, living in Alabama, it's much more expensive than it is here. I'm still glad I can come to Fulton to get it a little more cheaper than at home," said Mandy Pharr of Alabama.
Gas prices have been a constant wedge in people's budgets since the recession of 2008.
Some use the argument with gas prices going up that you can just buy a more efficient vehicle.
Myers is struggling with that.
With his job, you have to have a heavy duty truck to get the job done.
"Well, I've got to drive a truck because I haul tires in it. And it's just a necessary evil. I can't buy anything that gets good gas mileage and do what I got to do," added Myers.
With no indication gas prices will drop anytime soon, drivers are saying they will just have to deal with the pain at the pump.