BILLINGS- Gas prices are making a seasonal trend downward in Billings and around town, drivers are experiencing some of the lowest prices in the state.
“Gas is expensive,” said Owner of Delivery2U Cody Walter. “It’s always a big huge factor in what we do every day.”
Walter started his courier service in 2011 and has grown his business to now include three vehicles. They are in the business of delivering.
“Any business that needs to deliver to another business, we also do out of town runs,” he said.
He says they fill up roughly three to four times a week and the seasonal trend has saved his business roughly $1,000 a month.
“We are saving $20 every time we fill up, for each vehicle,” said Walter.
He says that is money he can put elsewhere in his budget.
“Definitely nice to have the extra money,” he said. “What we can afford to do for advertising. It’s great to be able to have some extra cash flow and not spend it just right in your tank.”
While winter gasoline production is usually cheaper, a steep drop in the cost of oil in 2018 rippled into gas prices at the beginning of 2019.
New data from the Energy Information Administration shows gas demand at the end of December decreased to the lowest level on record since February of 2017, according to AAA.
So where are Montana’s cheapest prices?
That’s where Walter said he saw the decrease.
“Costco or Sam’s Club just because they are 20 to 30 cents cheaper so right now. I filled up this morning it was $1.98 instead of $2.29. I think it just dropped today,” he said.
Across the state of Montana, the Costco in Kalispell is running prices at $2.19 a gallon and the Costco in Bozeman also has gas for $2.19 a gallon.
For Walter, the trend in a lower price for gas comes a perfect time, he says this is his busy season.
“Our busiest time of year is usually November, December so right before that we started to see the gas prices really start to go down, which is perfect for us,” he said. “That’s when we are using them the most so it’s just great timing to have gas prices so low.”