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Holiday Weekend Costs Up From Last Year

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching. You may have already made plans to travel or have a cookout but your memorial holiday may cost you more this year if you're planning to travel or have a cookout.
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching. You may have already made plans to travel or have a cookout but your memorial holiday may cost you more this year if you're planning to travel or have a cookout.

"Prices have definitely increased in the last 12 months," said Lee Albright, co-owner at Albright's Meat and Deli.

He says he has had to steadily increase his prices to keep up with market value. His customers are finding ways to adjust.

"They’re not so much changing the meats that they use they’re changing the amounts that they use so they might find a way to use the same products they used before, but maybe use a little less," said Albright.

The USDA says a pound of beef currently goes for $5.50 a pound which is up 13 percent from last year. Sirloin steak is up about 60 cents from last year, also pork will cost you about 20 cents more.

Also, if you’re traveling, keep an eye on the road, but also on those gas prices.

"I was thinking this morning that I better get gas because it is coming up on Memorial Day weekend and usually it goes up," said Jill Eberly.

Gas Buddy Analyst Gregg Laskoski says prices are increasing now but it’s not because of the upcoming holiday.

"We actually believe we're going to see prices going lower moving into the Memorial Day weekend this year. In fact the prices we see during the week coming up are going to be higher than what were going to be paying during the Fourth of July weekend," he said.

With more drivers on the road Indiana State Police are heavily enforcing their click it or ticket campaign.

"We’re looking for people who are violating our seatbelt law and our child restraint laws,” said Sgt. Ron Galaviz. “What people should remember is that no matter what type of vehicle they’re in whether its a car truck van or SUV, everybody in those vehicles are required to be seat belted."

 

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