A typical summertime picnic doesn’t need to cost you a fortune. With less than $6 per person, you should be able to enjoy a nice meal.
A picnic averages $57.20 for 10 people, or $5.72 per person, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, which puts out a similar estimate for Thanksgiving.
‘Five dollars a person for a special event cookout is affordable for most people,’ said John Anderson, chief deputy economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. ‘We certainly know that there are people who struggle with affording food and other necessities, but in general, we’re blessed with very affordable food in this country.’
Sixty volunteer shoppers in 22 states checked retail prices for summer picnic foods for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s survey.
The group puts together a similar annual informal price survey about Thanksgiving dinner fare. Last year, the group said a turkey dinner with all the trimmings would cost about $49.48 for 10, or just under $5 per person.
However, since this year marks the group’s first Fourth of July price survey, Anderson said the group doesn’t have concrete numbers to compare with the 2013 figures.
‘We expect the general level of prices to go up around 2 percent a year,’ Anderson said. ‘That’s kind of normal price inflation, and … I certainly think that we’re in the ballpark of those normal price changes over the past year.’
Aside from burgers and hot dogs, the farm group’s picnic menu includes pork spare ribs, potato salad, lemonade, baked beans, watermelon, corn chips, chocolate milk, ketchup and mustard.