Updated: March 4, 10:20 a.m.

Prices at the pump are on the rise all over the country, from San Pedro, Calif., above, to D.C.. How high will they go here? (Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg)

Higher food and energy prices are taking a bite out of the benefits we were seeing from payroll tax cuts, according to the federal government. A spike in gas prices is largely responsible for the increase in the cost of energy. AAA reports the national average for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.47, which is up from $2.70 a year ago.

It all feels so summer of 2008, doesn’t it?

The Buzz feels your pain. We’ll be updating the cheapest gas prices from stations in three cities around the D.C. area (based on figures from AAA). You can also search for cheap gas by plugging your city or Zip code into AAA’s Fuel Price Finder.

The District: Benning Road Gas, 1950 Benning Road NE $3.39

Fairfax: Sunoco, 10100 Fairfax Blvd. $3.43

Hyattsville: Riggs Road Mart, 5851 Riggs Road $3.33

Have your own tips for cheap gas or places to avoid because they charge an arm and a leg? Leave them in the comments below.