Mid-Missourians react to rise in gas prices

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COLUMBIA - If the cold weather wasn't enough, a jump in gas prices might make your trip to the pump even more bitter. The Associated Press reported Sunday that nationwide prices jumped an average of 13 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, making a 26-cent rise in the past month. 

According to GasBuddy.com, average prices for a gallon in Missouri jumped from $1.76 to $2.14 over the past month. 

Blake Byington, a college student, said the recent rise in prices are not as bad as they could be.

"As a college student, I don't like it," Byington said. "It's better than 3 bucks or whatever it was before." 

He said when prices go up, he makes it a point to go less places than he usually does. 

Another resident, Jhony Pixcar, had a similar reaction to Byington.

"I don't like it very much when the prices go up and down, but you just have to do what you have to do," Pixcar said.  

Despite the recent rise, prices are still $1.08 lower on average than a year ago.