Hosting a 4th of July party could be pricey, but it doesn't have to be. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, it can cost less than $60 to feed 10 people.
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 $55.07...TOTAL. That's right, you only need to spend about $5.51 per person. Not only does that number sounds low (I mean seriously where do they go shopping?) it is actually a slight decrease (less than 1%) from last year.
The amount is based on 96 volunteer shoppers in 28 states, checking retail prices at their local grocery store to determine the overall costs. And believe it or not, the $55.07 doesn’t just have you serving a few measly burgers and dogs.
According to the report, that amount will get you:
- 8 quarter-pound hamburgers and buns with cheese slices
- 8 hotdogs and buns
- 4 pounds of pork spare ribs
- ketchup and mustard
- 3 pounds of Deli potato salad
- 28-ounces of baked beans
- 15 ounces of corn chips
- 2 quarts of lemonade
- 2 quarts of chocolate milk
- 4 pounds of watermelon for dessert
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation