The majority of West Michigan students are looking forward to a week-long vacation from school.
But for some families the price at the pump is putting the brakes on spring break trips.
Gas prices this weekend have averaged around $2.70. Some families say with those prices, the cost of living, has and continues to out-weigh their paycheck. They say it's starting to put a strain on more areas than just their checkbook.
"They go up, and then they go down, and then they go up, and then they go down. It's ridiculous," says Byron Center resident Kathleen Tucker. "It's really difficult, it's really hard. You have to factor in 'How many groceries can I buy versus how much gas can I put in the van', and with all the kids and the dog, it's kind of a hard push sometimes."
Tucker is responsible for a family of five, a family not driving far for spring break.
"We will be taking the kids to Lansing to see their friends, and we might have gone to Missouri to go see grandma and grandpa, but because of those prices we can't do that," says Tucker.
But gas prices are gouging more than spring break. Kathleen's daughter misses karate at least once a week; and her 16-year-old son, who's ready to drive, will not be.
"You kind of have to go by what you can afford to do, and thankfully he understands for the most part that that's what the situation is."
Gas price analyst Patrick DeHaan says prices are up because the demand is up.
"It's getting warmer out, driving season approaches, refineries are slow to start up their operations, their coming out of maintenance, they're waiting to build their profit," says DeHaan.
DeHaan thinks prices will fall slowly, landing around $2.50.
However, for Kathleen that still isn't low enough. She makes close to minimum wage and says her paycheck and the cost of living do not balance.
"That's certainly not enough to put food on the table, every other week because by the time they take out the taxes, and you add in the factor for rent, gas, and the rest of the bills, it's not there.
Lower the gas prices, and put them back at a normal price for the families that are struggling."
Gas price analysts say income is not likely to catch up to rising gas prices anytime soon.
DeHaan says the only break will come if consumers drastically cut their use, which will cut demand and cut prices.