ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In normal times, consumers might embrace plummeting gasoline prices as a major boost for family budgets.
But with the coronavirus wreaking havoc on people’s daily lives and the economy now teetering on a recession, local consumers say falling pump prices, while welcome, are significantly overshadowed by the unprecedented crisis now gripping New Mexico and the rest of the nation.
“I like the price being down, but the whole economy is coming down along with it,” Alejandra Perez said as she pumped regular unleaded for $1.78 a gallon Monday at Sam’s Club on North Renaissance NE in central Albuquerque. “I don’t like that. It’s scary to see prices like this with everything we’re going through now.”