A Fourth of July Cookout for Cheapskates

Family enjoys July 4th picnic in summer season. American flag.

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American Farm Bureau Federation came up with how much it should cost for July 4th cookout. And we think they're skin flints! Look at not only the total money spent, but the amount of food drinks, and even desert for this party of ten. Too low if you ask us. 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 $59.50...TOTAL. That's right, you only need less than six dollars a person. And believe it or not, the $59.50 doesn’t just have you serving a few measly burgers and dogs.

    According to the report, that cost will get you:

    • 2 pints of strawberries, $5.30 (up 22%)
    • 13-ounce bag of chocolate chip cookies, $4.02 (up 11%)
    • 8 hamburger buns, $1.66 (up 6%)
    • 2.5 pounds of homemade potato salad, $2.75 (up 3%)
    • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, $6.74 (up 1%)
    • 32 ounces of pork & beans, $1.90 (down 13%)
    • 2 pounds of ground beef, $8.20 (down 8%)
    • Half-gallon of vanilla ice cream, $4.69 (down 5%)
    • 3 pounds of center cut pork chops, $11.63 (down 2%)
    • 2.5 quarts of fresh-squeezed lemonade, $3.65 (down 2%)
    • 1 pound of sliced cheese, $4.05 (down 1%)
    • 13-ounce bag of potato chips, $4.93 (down 1%)

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