Mark Manuel

Mark Manuel

Mark Manuel can be heard in the Quad Cities on 101-3 KISS-FM and BIG 106.5, as well as in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids on 100.7 The Fox. Thanks for...Full Bio


How Much Should Your July 4th Cookout Cost?

Hot dogs in buns at the official weigh-i

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 $55.70 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 

All for just $55.70?! Sure...if you're able to travel back in time and buy your groceries in 1977...

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