Fired up about barbecue costs this Memorial Day? Blame the condiments.


Inflation will affect Memorial Day holiday travel plans

Inflation will affect Memorial Day holiday travel plans


Having friends and family over for a Memorial Day barbecue will cost you more this year, as the price of many grilling staples has risen even more than other groceries.

Americans will pay an average of just over 10% more this year than in 2023 for barbecue staples such as ground beef, hot dogs, buns, condiments, ketchup and mustard, according to Datasembly. which measures weekly item price changes collected from over 150,000 items. stores across the US

Last year, the blow to consumers' wallets was softened by falling beef prices. Beef prices are now up nearly 15%, the data provider said. But as with last year's Memorial Day, the price of condiments saw the biggest increase, with relish costing nearly 49% more today than it did a year ago, Datasembly found.

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Ketchup and mustard, the prices of which increased two digits last year, they are also more expensive in 2024, but the increases are more moderate: 1.8% and 3.2%, respectively, according to Datasembly.

With consumer budgets still stretched after three years of painfully high inflation, some retailers are offering options. Walmart, for example, offers a dinner plate for eight that costs about six dollars per person. The budget kitchen menu includes hot dogs, buns, ketchup, mustard, relish, potato salad, corn on the cob, fries, soda, juice boxes, ice pops and watermelon.


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