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Gas prices are up 17 cents across Washington state in just one week and 28 cents in a month. Washington's prices are also 17 cents higher than the national average. The average in Spokane is $3.68 a gallon, according to AAA.
However, one company was sick of paying high gas prices, and got creative to save money.
The floral business can be beautiful, with not such pretty ways of getting its product.
"One bunch (of flowers) might cost 50 cents in fuel, and that doesn't include labor or anything else," Skyline Flower Growers CEO Patrick Goldberg said.
Goldberg says he hasn't had to pass down the added cost to customers, because his family business has a plan. He says they had to start doing things differently, especially because their main farms are in California.
"We're strictly flowers, but now we haul lumber and potatoes," Goldberg said.
The family decided paying round-trip gas for a one-way payoff wasn't worth it.
"So we load up with lumber, potatoes, juice boxes, pretty much anything we can put into our truck that won't affect the flowers."
That helps with transportation costs and lowers the price of the flowers.Goldberg says he doesn't want customers to worry about how the company ships flowers, but rather which one they'd enjoy most.