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Father's Day weekend 2022 price tag: Inflation pinching wallets in Northeast Ohio this year

Prices aren’t cutting any corners this weekend as inflation continues to hit our wallets hard.

CLEVELAND — If you’re still preparing for a Father’s Day celebration, buyer beware: Prices aren’t cutting any corners this weekend as inflation continues to hit our wallets hard.

Fish and meat are Colin Kiplinger’s specialty as a butcher at Catanese Classics in Cleveland. 

Summer always bring good customers but especially this time of the season.

“It’s definitely a big week or fish and meat sales here,” Kiplinger said. “Especially towards that father (Father's Day) weekend.”

Kiplinger wants buyers to know if you’re coming for a special Father’s Day pick, know what you’re walking into.

“Seafood, especially, has gone up slightly,” he said.

3News compared his best-selling holiday weekend bites, swordfish and tuna, to 2021 prices.

Swordfish’s price per pound is up roughly 25 percent and tuna prices are up an estimated $9, Kiplinger said.

While seafood is Catanese Classic’s biggest seller, meats are a hot commodity this weekend too.

“I haven’t seen too much of a crazed spike in things,” he said.

“We’re going to feel that pinch our wallets no matter what right now,” smart- shopping expert, Trae Bodge said.

According to Bodge, groceries and gas are Father’s Day weekend’s biggest buys.

“For groceries in general, groceries are 12 percent higher right now than they were a year ago,” Bodge said. “If you’re planning a barbecue for Father’s Day you are absolutely going to spend more.”

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The National Retail Federation estimates roughly $20 billion in sales Father’s Day weekend, with an average cost per spender to spike more than 20 dollars this year due to inflation.

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