Food business cooks up plan to beat rising gas prices

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gas prices have risen for 32 days straight, hitting everyone's wallet. But some local business owners are coming up with crafty ways to cut costs and conserve fuel.

Ken DeBenedictis owns Monk's Food Truck, where he serves his famous roast beef sandwiches to sidewalk passersby.

Since his business is on wheels, he figures the recent hike in gas prices is costing him hundreds of dollars extra every few months.

He and his fellow food truck vendors are now trying to figure out a way around the extra costs.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has increased more than 13 percent during the last month.

GasBuddy reports the average retail gasoline price in Kansas has risen 12.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.63 per gallon.

In Missouri, GasBuddy reports the average is $3.64. In Kansas City, the average is now even higher than the state average at $3.70.

DeBenedictis said he is now considering frying up his onion rings and fries by day and and using that oil as his fuel to get home at night.

He said one of Kansas City's food truck vendors, Gary's On-The-Go, has already tried it.

Gary Glass said he has steadily saved 90 gallons of the frying oil from his truck this winter to use it for fuel come spring.

He said after he converts it for his diesel tank, he figures he will save $500 every two months.   

Economists predict the higher prices aren't going away any time soon.

Chris Kuehl, an economist who owns Armada Corporation, blames the higher gas prices on a confluence of factors, from rising crude oil prices to production cuts and refinery closings.

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