ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — While government officials are working on finding solutions to inflation, people in southwest Virginia are getting overwhelmed with high costs and tired of waiting for prices to drop.
Some say they’re just doing what they can to get by until it blows over. Others don’t believe there’s an end in sight and are making some major changes.
“The last time I filled up my truck, it gets 10 miles to the gallon, it cost me $90. That’s gonna kill me,” said Jamie Redwine, a driver who spoke to WFXR News in Roanoke.
Redwine drives quite often and is now considering an electric vehicle to offset high gas prices.
“I think they’re here to stay. I think we better get used to it,” he said. “So hopefully wages will start going up. We’re going to have to find the money somewhere.”
AAA Mid-Atlantic Spokesperson Morgan Dean says the rise in the price of crude oil is driving up prices at the pump.
“Crude oil sold at about $100 a barrel just over a week ago, now selling much closer to $110 a barrel. About 60% of what we pay at the pump as drivers is made up of the price of crude oil, so when crude oil is higher, pump prices are going to be higher,” explained Dean.
However, gas is not the only necessity experiencing a price spike amid inflation.
“Before inflation, an organic pepper might be $2.39. Now it’s, like, $3.42 for a pepper,” said Jasmine Thompson of Roanoke.
She adds that she’s witnessed high costs leaving some people in the dark.
“Our light bill’s going up. Neighbors that I live around don’t have lights because of being behind all those months and now trying to catch up,” said Thompson.
Consumers and business owners are both scrambling for other options.
According to the restaurant manager at Scrambled in downtown Roanoke, Taylor Richards, “we actually had to completely revamp our menu and raise the prices because with the costs raising, we were just breaking even.”
She says the higher costs of ingredients meant they had to increase their prices by 20%. On top of that, they can’t always get what they need to produce their most popular dishes, such as French toast.
“We have to use milk, we have to use eggs, you have to use all those things to go into it,” Richards added. “So if you don’t have the right amount of eggs, if you have a different brand of vanilla, if you don’t get enough vanilla, that thing throws off all of it.”