Cold Weather Costly From Roadway To Dinner Table

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(Memphis) The deep freeze is putting the chill on us and our wallets. There are some obvious costs, but some Mid-Southerners are discovering there are some hidden costs associated with cold weather.

Cooks at the Memphis Union Mission are preparing more hot meals than they did last year.

Mission director Steve Carpenter said, "We served a little bit over 20 percent more people this year food wise compared to January of last year."

Cooking more meals and keeping the facility warm for more men, means they're also paying more for electricity.

"It's also affected us in terms of our operating costs. our utility bill was about 15 percent more this year," said Carpenter.

There are unexpected costs for some Mid-Southerners because of inconveniences like potholes.

Steepleton Tire say pot holes damage can run into the hundreds of dollars, ruining tires and front ends.

"It can get pretty costly sometimes and sometimes it's just an alignment, $60 to $300 to $400 dollars depends on what kind of rims and tires you got," said Phillip Koontz, Steepleton Tire Company.

The folks at Dixie Meats say the cold weather could also cost you at the dinner table. The price of beef is on the rise.

Manager Tony Galler said, "Beef short ribs. We cut a lot of beef short ribs. They jumped over a dollar a pound which is about a 35 percent increase overnight."

There's a shortage of cattle because of a drought two years ago and the cold is hindering farmers in the Midwest from getting cattle to the market.

Galler said, "The farmer has to pass it on to the wholesale market or the packers and the packers have to pass it on and ultimately it has to get to the consumers."