Here's how to cut the cost of your summer BBQ

Here's how to cut the cost of your summer BBQ
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The Fourth of July means fireworks and barbecues. In fact, it's the country's No. 1 grilling holiday.

If you keep track of prices, you know that beef chicken and steak cost more than they did last year at this time. Last summer's drought is the main culprit.

But there are ways to save.

Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, says choose party packs - or do some of the prep work yourself.

"There's no question that if you buy a whole chicken and cut it up yourself, that's going to be a lot less expensive than if you bought chicken breast to grill," he says. "The same thing goes for beef or pork."

He says dark meat chicken, which is cheaper, is great for grilling.

One more money-saving tip: if you see something that's on sale – whether it's hot dogs, chicken, beef or pork – grab it and freeze it. Just be sure to do it properly.

"That means wrapping them it in aluminum foil and then putting them in a freezer zip-lock-type of bag," he says.

Mark the outside of the bag with the date. You want to use it within six months.