Pumping money out of your wallet

Georgia gas prices soar as Labor Day weekend concludes. / Matt Prichard

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Some families take advantage of the three day vacation and drive to more relaxing surroundings; but this year, Georgia families are dealing with the highest gas prices on record for this holiday.

"One of the main problems we have right now is Tropical Storm Isaac, it was of course the Tropical Storm that was going through the Gulf of Mexico, it then caused a lot of the refineries located in that area to shut down as a precaution," said AAA spokesman, Mark Jenkins.

With Tropical Storm Isaac driving the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Georgia to $3.84, residents say this price jump drastically affects them.

"I have to pick between gas or groceries, because the gas prices are so high, you have to determine okay should I pay for the gas to get there and buy half my groceries? Or just not go at all," said Albany resident, Robert Robinson.

Those high prices can also keep families apart who otherwise would've had the money to travel.

"That affects me a lot because I'm trying to go home to see my parents, so that's a struggle trying to get my finances right to go see them," said Albany resident, Arren Carter.

And as the prices continue to climb, residents are concerned that there may be no relief in sight.

"We should begin to see gasoline prices taper off a little bit, they should start lowering throughout the month of September, although we might continue to see prices rise throughout the remainder of this week," said Jenkins.

The national average for a gallon of gas currently sits at $3.82, two cents cheaper than the entire state of Georgia.