Expect to pay more for your BBQ!

May 23, 2008 4:54:29 PM PDT
Because of skyrocketing gas prices and growing global demand for wheat and corn, we're also contending with food inflation! That means when you compare the prices of barbecue staples from this year to last year. The numbers aren't pretty. Your Memorial Day barbecue could cost you 6% more than it did last year.

Some of the biggest price hikes you might see on a typical shopping trip? Eight burger buns could cost you 16.7% more.

Paper plates are 13.8% more. Mayonnaise is up 13.1%.

And 16-ounce bag of chips could take a bigger chunk of change out of your pocket, too.


Here is the complete list of BBQ Price Differences
2008- 2007 change
1 lb. beef $3.52 $3.48 1.1%
Package of 8 hot dogs $4.29 $4.02 6.7%
8 burger buns $1.61 $1.38 16.7%
8 hot dog buns $1.89 $1.65 14.5%
1 lb. American cheese $3.88 $3.73 4%
1 lb. Tomatoes $1.77 $1.63 8.6%
1 lb. Lettuce $ .99 $.90 9.1%
16-ounce bag of chips $3.89 $3.48 11.8%
6-pack of beer $6.74 $6.66 1.2%
2-liter bottle of soda $1.33 $1.20 10.8%
16 ounces propane gas $2.69 $2.49 8%
Lighter fluid $3.66 $3.54 3.4%
Charcoal $7.89 $7.78 1.4%
Ketchup $2.69 $2.49 8%
Mustard $1.45 $1.42 2.1%
Mayonaise $3.71 $3.28 13.1%
Salad dressing $3.49 $3.29 6%
Jar of pickles $2.99 $2.85 4.9%
Paper plates $1.82 $1.60 13.8%
Napkins $ .82 $ .79 3.8%
(Source Associated Press)

Gas has hit yet another record high. The national average price of regular unleaded is up five cents from yesterday.

It's now $3.88 a gallon. That's 20% more than this time last year.

Meantime AAA says the number of local stations selling $4 gas has nearly doubled just since yesterday! Today at least 45 stations in the Philadelphia five-county area have shot past the four-dollar mark! When Action News checked out prices gas at a Lukoil on West Bridge Street in New Hope was already topping $4.13 a gallon. And at a full serve station in Narberth located on Montgomery Avenue drivers can expect to pay $4.19!


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