With the July 4th weekend fast approaching, there are bound to be a bunch of people hosting cookouts and barbecues, which can get costly. But according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, it doesn’t have to be.
The group put out their annual report on the cost of a typical July 4th cookout, and they claim a bash for 10 people should only set you back $55.70...TOTAL. That's right, you only need to spend about $5.57 per person. Not only does that number sounds low (I mean seriously where do they go shopping?) it is actually a slight decrease (1%) from last year.
The amount is based on 97 volunteer shoppers in 25 states, who retail prices at their local grocery store to determine the overall costs. And believe it or not, the $55.60 doesn’t just have you serving a few measly burgers and dogs.
According to the report, that cost will get you:
eight hotdogs and buns
eight quarter-pound hamburgers and buns with cheese slices
four pounds of pork spare ribs
ketchup and mustard
three pounds of Deli potato salad
28-ounces of baked beans
15 ounces of corn chips
two quarts of lemonade
two quarts of chocolate milk
four pounds of watermelon for dessert
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation