… and this years 4th of July cookout is going to cost more thanks to inflation which has raised the price of everything. According to a new American Farm Bureau Federation survey, the average cost of a cookout for 10 people is $69.68. That’s less than $7 a person, which may not sound so bad, but it’s 17% more than last year. The largest price increase is on ground beef, which is up 36% over last year. Most foods that you may be having at your cookout have gone up in price, but there are a few typical menu items that are actually more affordable this year, including strawberries, sliced cheese, and potato chips. Then add in the price of Fireworks and the 4th of July celebration gets even pricier. A new survey by Wallethub found that Americans plan to spend $2.4 billion on adding a little sparkle to their holiday plans and most likely will start lighting the fuse all weekend long to you know to test them out. My dog can’t wait, not! Add to a few folks who don’t have fireworks but firearms or is that just midnight on New Years day? Either way I’ll have to coax my dog out from under the deck should I forget to put him securely in the house which wont shut him up but he may feel a little safer. Happy 4th!