How much can $50 get you for a holiday barbecue?

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – Independence Day weekend is upon us, which means a lot of people will be cooking, but with prices rising, how much will it cost?

Inflation, supply chain issues and the war in Ukraine are driving up costs across the country.

Periods such as the current holiday weekend involve a lot of expense, which makes them expensive for families.

Thus, all of these factors were put to the test. $50 was allocated to purchase basic BBQ items for a family of four.

A customer said her family had started growing their own food to meet rising prices, but still had a large grocery bill.

“We shop once a week, and once a week we spend about $175, or almost $200 a week for a family of five,” they said.

During the shopping trip, a few items were on the list: buns, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, condiments, garnishes, a drink, and of course, charcoal for the grill.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, shoppers will spend an average of $69 for 10 people this holiday week, up 17% from a year ago.

The most expensive item is meat, with the AFB saying ground beef has increased by 36%.

“We’re about to go back and get the meat and everything. The meat is going to cost the most,” said another shopper.

Prices are increasing, but there were offers we saw in the store. The hot dogs, for example, were priced cheaper than normal.

Everything on an average cooking list like chicken, dessert and potato salad was not bought, but we had the necessary.

After each article was scanned, it was time for the big reveal.

The total was over budget, but only by 10 cents. This put our costs on track with national averages for a family of five.

A third customer said her family had started growing their own food to meet rising prices, but still had a large grocery bill.

“We shop once a week, and once a week we spend about $175, or almost $200 a week for a family of five,” they buy.

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