Central Park visitors share how the high inflation rate, which ranges from groceries to gasoline, has impacted their lives.
“Food? Eating the food I love is one of the few thrills left for me,” Dennis, of New York, said. “It’s getting a little hard.”
Daniel, who was visiting from California, noted that gas near his home could cost as much as $ 8.
“Fortunately I have a hybrid, but I have four children and the grocery bill has doubled, literally,” Daniel told Fox News.
Inflation is at a 40-year high in 2022, according to the Labor Department. The Consumer Price Index, which measures daily commodity prices, rose again in May, up 8.6% compared to last year.
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Adam, of Utah, told Fox News: “I’ve noticed inflation when it comes to gas prices. It affects how much I’m willing to drive.”
Average gas prices have repeatedly broken records throughout 2022, exceeding $ 5.00 per gallon in June. The national average on Tuesday was $ 4.96 per gallon, according to the AAA.
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One woman told Fox News: “I mean, obviously gas. Yes, I’ve noticed it, but with groceries like the price of food really increased.”
“My grocery bill keeps rising,” she said. “That’s probably a big area where I feel I need to be careful and watch where my money is going.”
New York’s hand, “Family-sized chips and snacks, when you open it, let’s talk about the fact that it’s half empty and the price is high.”
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Christina, of Texas, said the effect goes beyond groceries and gas.
“It’s insane. There are no houses to buy right now,” Christina said. “You can’t buy a house unless you’re willing to pay at least $ 100,000 or more.”
“And then the rents are tough,” to pay, he added.
Rising airline prices have prevented Daniel from buying plane tickets for all four of his children.
“I went with one of my children instead of the rest,” he told Fox News. “We couldn’t go across the country.”
According to a June ABC News / Ipsos poll, more than 71% of Americans say they are unhappy with President Biden’s handling of inflation.
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But an observer at the park said inflation was unavoidable.
“People keep blaming Joe Biden,” Dennis said. “It’s not his fault.”
“It’s a worldwide phenomenon,” he continued. “They inherited the mess.”