There’s plenty of bad news in the world. Here’s something positive: Gasoline prices in the U.S. are down a whopping 35 cents a gallon from a year ago.

Regular gas is averaging $3.42 nationally, but Virginia is doing even better — $2.94 at Costco in Richmond, for example. (And remember, if your car isn’t designed to take plus or premium — and not many are — you’re just wasting your money buying anything but regular.)