Your holiday budget may have taken an unexpected hit this past week, as gas prices are up 7¢ statewide and higher by 17¢ in this area. Triple-A Michigan puts the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph average gas price at $2.51 a gallon, up from $2.34 last week. Our area average is the same as the state average price. The auto club says the most expensive gas is being sold in Marquette for the second straight week, at $2.62 a gallon, while Traverse City has the lowest prices at $2.45. In South Haven, GasBuddy spotters put the average at $2.36. South Haven and Van Buren County are not included in Triple-A’s price survey.