As inflation rate soars, Central Park visitors share how price surges have impacted everyday life

Visitors to Central Park have shared how high inflation leading to price increases on everything from groceries to gasoline has impacted their lives the most.

“The food? That’s one of the few chills I have left is eating food that I love,” said Dennis, a New Yorker. “It gets a little more difficult.”

Danielle, from California, noted that gas near her home could cost up to $8.

“Luckily I have a hybrid, but I have four kids and the grocery bill has literally doubled,” Danielle told Fox News.

Inflation hit 40-year highs in 2022, according to the Labor Department. The consumer price index, which measures the price of everyday goods, rose again in May, posting an increase of 8.6% compared to a year ago.

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Danielle tells Fox News that she was unable to bring her four children to New York due to the high cost of airfare. (Digital Fox News)

Adam, from Utah, told Fox News, “I’ve noticed the inflation when it comes to gas prices. It has a bit of an effect on how far I’m willing to drive.”

Average gasoline prices have repeatedly broken records throughout 2022, topping $5.00 per gallon in June. The national average was $4.96 a gallon on Tuesday, according to AAA.

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One woman told Fox News: “I mean obviously gas, yeah, I noticed that, but also groceries, just like the cost of food has really gone up.”

“My grocery bill keeps going up,” she said. “That’s probably the biggest area where I feel like I have to be careful and watch where my money goes.”

Virginia high gas prices at the pump

A gas pump displays the price of fuel exceeding $5.00 per gallon at a gas station in McLean, Virginia on June 10, 2022. ((Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) / Getty Images)

Kai from New York said, “Let’s talk about the fact that family-sized fries and snacks, when you open them, it’s like half empty and the price is higher.”

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Christina, from Texas, said the impact goes beyond groceries and gas.

“It’s crazy, there are no houses to buy right now,” Christina said. “Unless you’re willing to pay at least $100,000 or more above the asking price, you can’t buy a house.”

“And then the rents are harder”, to pay, she added.

DENNIS

Dennis is feeling the impact of inflation but says it’s not Joe Biden’s fault. (Digital Fox News)

Skyrocketing airfares have prevented Danielle from buying plane tickets for her four children.

“I only went with one of my kids instead of the others,” she told Fox News. “We just couldn’t afford to go across the country.”

More than 71% of Americans said they were unhappy with President Biden’s handling of inflation, according to a June ABC News/Ipsos poll.

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But one park visitor said inflation was inevitable.

“People keep blaming Joe Biden,” Dennis said. “It’s not his fault.”

“It’s a global phenomenon,” he continued. “He inherited a mess.”

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