It’s a beautiful holiday summer weekend, and for many of us, that means it’s also a time to fire up the grill and serve up some tasty burgs and slightly overcooked hot dogs (the best way to eat them).
Unfortunately not even the backyard BBQ is safe from the scourge of inflation this year—don’t let that spoil it for you, but expect to pay more for pretty much everything you need for a successful ‘cue.
- Hot dogs: Food prices are up almost 10% since last year, and BBQ staples are no exception. Hot dog prices are up from around $3.76 per package last year to $4.09 today and buns are around 11% more expensive.
- Veggies (because we’re healthy like that): Expect to pay more for lettuce, potatoes, onions, and most other veg—the less celebrated food group costs about 10% more than last year. Potatoes, however, have actually dropped in price, so don’t hesitate to have a second helping of Aunt Ruth’s famous potato salad.
- Beer and other cold beverages: The price of a refreshing adult beverage hasn’t actually gone up that much since last year—beer is around 5% more expensive, below the overall inflation rate.
- Don’t forget the propane: Here’s where you’ll really feel the heat. Propane priced around 90 cents per litre last year now retails for $1.28 per litre, according to Statistics Canada.
Bottom line: One estimate pegged the cost of hosting a Canada Day BBQ for 16 (eight adults and eight kids) at $302 this year—up from $257 in 2021.