“Naturally, we are spending more on groceries, especially the people that’s on fixed income, on social security,” Springfield resident Becky Backus said, noting that her monthly grocery bill has increased by $150. “Prices are going up, so they have to cut back, then the utilities are going up. So I don’t know what people are going to do. I don’t know what people with big families are going to do, I don’t know how they’re going to make it. Something’s got to give somewhere.”
“It’s affecting us a little, not a lot. Prices have gone up but interest rates are remaining low. Builders have to pass those costs on to our buyers,” said Charlie Simms, president of Charles Simms Development of Dayton, which builds townhomes and other attached, maintenance-free homes in Dayton, Springfield, Beavercreek, Centerville and Lebanon.