The national average price of gasoline this Labor Day weekend will be its lowest at this time of year since 2004, a result of low oil prices and a quiet hurricane season that has allowed refineries to churn out gasoline and diesel.
A report from Edmunds put the average price of a used car in 2014 at $16,800, which is a record, and a 5.7-percent increase from 2013. It also found 1-year-old and 4-year-old cars showed gains at or near the average, while some vintages showed gains of up to 18.4 percent.
A range of economic index numbers are moving in positive directions, at the same time as consumer spending is up, personal savings are down, and gas prices are way down. However, payment companies have found that consumers aren't spending all of their gas savings on purchases.