On average, Americans are paying $2.05 a gallon at the pump, and experts are expecting that amount to go up as soon as Wednesday.
The average gas price in Charlottesville is $1.97 a gallon, and even though it's below the national average, some residents say they're still bothered by the fluctuations in gas prices.
"You go the pump one day, and what costs $20 to fill up today may cost $30 tomorrow, and I just feel gas prices are just getting outrageous," said one long-time resident.
"For us, gasoline expenses basically comes down to what our competitors are doing and what we are able to do," commented Jim Plummer, owner of a local flower delivery shop.
Despite rising prices, most folks say the bottom line is that consumers will pay whatever they have to because gas is a necessity.
"We are still a very 'need it now' type of society, and as long as the customer needs it now and you're providing what they need now, they're always more than willing to pay the price," said Plummer.