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You're Spending 29% More On Your Barbecue This Year

The kabobs aren't the only things getting skewered at this year's Memorial Day barbecue. Hosts of the traditional holiday backyard cookout -- even a budget affair -- can expect to shell out an extra $45 for the fixings to serve a dozen. The souped-up total comes to $199, about 29 percent more than it cost last year -- and that doesn't include soda, beer or booze. According to the latest inflation data for metro New York, food cost hikes are popping up just in time to spoil the annual holiday that marks the start of summer and salutes fallen heroes who helped make America the land of plenty.

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