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Here’s What Costs More Than a Barrel of Crude Oil

A night at Olive Garden or a night in Delaware: you decide

As of Tuesday, a barrel of crude oil cost $30.34. At this time last year, it was at around $55. Since then prices have been falling fast, hitting their lowest level in over a decade. Here are a few things you probably wouldn’t have ever thought would be more expensive than oil.


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If you’ve noticed a spike in the cost of your favorite spicy salmon roll, it could be because, as Bloomberg reports, the fish has reached record high prices. A single 4.5 kg salmon, which is the standard size, now goes for more than $40.

A Dinner Date at Olive Garden

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The average bill for a dinner for two at the Italian chain restaurant would cost you $33. That’s quite a steal with unlimited breadsticks and never ending pasta bowls, yet it’s still more expensive than a barrel of crude.

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You can either get a plain iPhone case from Apple’s website for $35, or you can get a Palin iPhone case for a few bucks less.

A Lunchbox

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If a brown bag isn’t fashionable enough for your little one, you can buy a leopard print lunch box from Jessica Alba’sHonest Company. It’s priced at $29.95, but is sure to pass the $30.34 threshold after shipping fees and taxes.

A Night in Delaware

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The First State is also the country’s least visited state with just over 7 million people traveling there each year. Whereas the same price on Airbnb would get you a couch or a walk-in closet with a mattress in some cities, for $45 you can find a full private floor in Wilmington, Delaware.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

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