Inflation 2022: In Fairmount Park, Labor Day barbecues were still on even as prices increase

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — On Saturday, as Labor Day weekend began, grills were lit at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.

But this year, due to inflation, people are changing their approach to preparing for a barbecue.

Inflation hit a 40-year high in June. Economists estimate this year’s cookouts will cost thirteen percent more than last year.

In addition to meat, the costs of extras such as rolls, condiments, drinks and dairy products are also increasing.

Earlier this year, Ronesha Pierce’s family came up with a new plan to help offset the rising costs. She spoke to us when she was settling in Fairmount Park.

“We started a project for every single household so one household makes hot dogs, one burger, one side dish so we can all help each other save money,” Pierce said.

Vernon Andrews has been hired to cook the meat for his family reunion at Fairmount Park from Saturday to Monday.

“This year I’m choosing different cuts to save money,” Andrews said.

Ann Edmonson is on the same page. Outside the Fresh Grocer in Wynnefield Heights, she said Saturday she also made various meat choices.

“I think I’m going to stay home and cook outside and do the ‘on the porch’ thing because everything is still so high these days,” Edmonson said. This year she decided against picking the ribs, which she would have preferred.

“They’re already pre-frozen and all,” Edmonson said. She said she would usually buy the “real ribs with the big bones and all.”

West Philly’s Kerrie-Ann Russell used saving because of inflation as a lesson for her four-year-old son, Kaiyon.

“Yeah, we don’t really buy as much as we used to just because the cost of everything has gone up, but we still want to have a good time with our families. We make it possible,” she said.

But everyone 6abc spoke to said they are not letting inflation hold back family plans, especially in the wake of the pandemic.

“With the pandemic, we were protected — nobody could do anything,” Pierce said. “So this year, all family members are from all states.”

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