Before you start your grill, check for coupons in your Sunday paper.
This year’s Fourth of July barbecue will cost 17% more than last year’s, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The agency that tracks these prices says the hikes have started for farmers looking to grow the food.
“Despite rising food prices, supply chain disruptions and inflation have made agricultural supplies more expensive; like consumers, farmers are price takers, not decision makers,” said AFBF Chief Economist Roger Cryan.
These high prices for growing and producing fruits and vegetables trickle down to the store level and eventually hit the wallet. Where most shoppers would have a one-stop-shop, now they’re on the hunt for 4th of July BBQ essentials.
“Everything is so expensive so I literally go to more than one store. I just bought buns somewhere else because they had a good deal,” said Naperville shopper Joey Schram.
Schram isn’t alone, NBC 5 spoke to another buyer who’s set to take a big hit this year with her whole family in town.
“I’m not happy about it, but we have our whole family coming, so we’re going to grill,” the buyer said.
The AFBF provided this table of prices for common items at a barbecue. Here are some hikes:
Individual Rates, AFBF 2022 Summer Cookout
- Two pounds of ground beef, $11.12 (+36%)
- Two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, $8.99 (+33%)
- Thirty-two ounces of pork and beans, $2.53 (+33%)
- Three pounds of center-cut pork chops, $15.26 (+31%)
- Two and a half liters of freshly squeezed lemonade, $4.43 (+22%)
- Two and a half pounds of homemade potato salad, $3.27 (+19%)
- Eight hamburger buns, $1.93 (+16%)
- Half a gallon of vanilla ice cream, $5.16 (+10%)
- Thirteen-ounce bag of chocolate chip cookies, $4.31 (+7%)
- Two pints of strawberries, $4.44 (-16%)
- A pound of sliced cheese, $3.53 (-13%)
- Sixteen-ounce bag of potato chips, $4.71 (-4%)
Small grocery stores like Casey’s in Naperville are doing what they can to adapt; however, they also feel the pinch.
“Families adapt. They know what they have to spend and maybe the steaks aren’t in the works this year. We always want to celebrate the 4th of July. We’ll go with the burgers, the brats, the hot dogs, the kebabs, you know, whatever,” Casey Store Manager Kevin Killelea said.
Although stores like Casey’s lack the resources that big-box stores have, they promise to offer better customer service and fresher, quality items.
“Our meat department, our customer service, as far as competing with Trader Joe’s the Mariano’s, we’re not trying to do that. What we try to do is satisfy the customers who come to our store,” said Killelea.
What is a way to save? Consider being less generous. If friends offer to bring food, Schram advises accepting that offer.
“When people ask what they can bring, normally I say ‘nothing, bring yourself’. And this year, I’m taking people. “Somebody bring fruit, somebody bring salad, somebody bring veg, and I’ll do the meat,” Schram said.