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July 4th BBQ Costs Sizzle, But Savvy Shopping Can Help
Independence Day barbecue costs are heating up this year for sure, but savvy shopping can lessen the blow to your wallet.

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A Fourth of July BBQ celebration for 10 guests will cost you an average of $102.20, a 4.45% jump from last summer’s $97.77 price tag, according to statistics compiled from the Labor Department’s May average price data. However, with a little savvy shopping, you can easily lessen the blow your wallet takes this Independence Day.

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All-American Burger

Putting together the American classic, a quarter pound lettuce and tomato cheeseburger, will cost consumers more this year, at an average of $1.18 per burger, up 9% from $1.08 in 2010. Accounting most for the change, ground beef jumped nearly 40 cents to $2.69 from $2.30 per pound this year.

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Steak

Another BBQ go-to, steak, will also cost consumers more this holiday, with prices rising about 6% from $5.62 per pound in 2010, to $5.96 this year.

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Chicken Breast

A cost effective solution for meat lovers nationwide can be found in chicken, which costs about 4% less this year at $3.11 per pound, compared with $3.24 per pound in 2010.

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Potato Chips

Potato chips saw a significant jump this year, as prices for the fried favorite rose an average of 7.6% from $4.59 per 16 oz bag last Independence day, to $4.94 per bag this year.

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Fruit Salad

In addition to offering a healthy alternative to the bag o’ chips, fruit salad will also be lighter on consumers’ wallets this year. A fruit salad mix of strawberries, bananas, and oranges, will cost about $6.60 for enough to feed a party of 10 (about 10 cups), which posts a 2.5% decline from last year’s average cost of $6.70 for the same amount.

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Beer

Beer may offset some of the other BBQ costs, with prices dropping 3.5% from $1.22 for one 16-oz beverage to $1.17 this year.

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Propane

One area to note in non-food costs this holiday is propane, commonly used to fuel barbecues. Prices are up 8.3% this year, at $2.87 per gallon, compared with $2.65 per gallon last year, as geopolitical news has caused growing energy price concerns.

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The total cost for this Fourth of July BBQ for 10 guests -- offering each person a hamburger, one serving of chicken, a serving of steak, a cup of fruit salad, a beer, and a bag of potato chips -- would ring in at $102.20, or $10.22 per person. That's a 4.5% increase from America’s last birthday, when each guest would have cost their host $9.78, a total of $97.77.

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July 4th BBQ Costs Sizzle, But Savvy Shopping Can Help

Independence Day barbecue costs are heating up this year for sure, but savvy shopping can lessen the blow to your wallet.

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