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Gas prices don't stop Labor Day travelers



For Mark Porlier the Labor Day holiday usually means a weekend on the lake. But this year, his boat is staying put.

"We can sit there and look at the lake and enjoy it and save that money for some food for the weekend," Porlier said.

With gas prices at nearly four dollars a gallon Porlier says he needs to find ways to cut back.

 "It makes you think 'what do I need to do or don't," Porlier said. "I try to consolidate my travel and do as much as I can per trip."

But, others aren't changing their plans. AAA predicts 33 million Americans will travel away from home during the holiday weekend. That's almost 3% higher than last year.

"People already have their plans so they're still doing them because it's the last trip of the summer," AAA agent Brent Dabler said.

Shelley Erickson is one of those travelers. She says her holiday plans were made months ago.

 "We have some family time and that's the most important, you can't get that back," Erickson said.

AAA officials predict prices will get worse before they get better. But, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

"They will even out soon and then when winter comes it will decrease because the winter blend of gas is cheap," Dabler said.

But until that time, Porlier and his family will just have to ditch the boat, and stick to dry land.

"I'm going to park when I get there and not going to drive around," he joked.

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