While the madness of Black Friday awaits compulsive shoppers tomorrow, today's busiest retailers will be the region's gas stations.
With an estimated 204,000 Idahoans expected to be traveling this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, motorists are facing an average price of $3.58 per gallon of unleaded gas, 14 cents higher than the national average.
The cheapest gas in Idaho today can be found at some service stations on Native American reservations in Plummer, which are charging $3.21 per gallon of unleaded.
The cheapest gas in the Treasure Valley this morning was reported at stations in Kuna and south Boise, both reporting $3.45 per gallon of unleaded. The priciest pumps were found at stations on State Street and Orchard Road in Boise, both reporting $3.79 per gallon of unleaded.
Nationwide, the lowest average prices are in Tulsa, Okla.: $3.01 per gallon, while the highest prices are in Hawaii, where a gallon of unleaded is going for $4.08.
This morning's national average, $3.44, is down 44 cents from mid-September, although 8 cents higher than a year earlier. Gas started the year at $3.28 a gallon, and AAA says the national average should be between $3.10 and $3.30 when 2012 ends.