Of course, that boost could be very short-lived, thanks to price volatility. "Looking out again six months and later, we'd be surprised if oil prices are still as low as they are today," he says.
Altogether, the short-term economic stimulus plan for Americans may well be: spend your extra gas money, maybe on a house, and wait patiently. It may not be the greatest plan, but it may be the best the nation can do.
Danielle Kurtzleben is a business and economics reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Connect with her on Twitter at @titonka or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.