In a bit of happy news for those traveling for the holiday this week, it's going to cost a lot less to drive to your loved ones. Unfortunately, the cost of your Christmas dinner probably hasn't dropped.
The average price at the pump on Monday was $1.998, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the lowest since 2009. That brings the average for the month down to $2.02, or 40 cents less than a year ago.
In the past month, West Texas Intermediate crude has fallen to its lowest level since 2004. It was trading below $36 a barrel midday Monday. At 42 gallons to the barrel, that's under 86 cents a gallon for crude.