Thanksgiving Meal Price Tag Drops from Last Year

November 23, 2016 06:00 AM

Waistbands might be stretched this Thanksgiving, but wallets won’t. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) found this year’s meal for 10 is $49.87, or just under $5.00 per guest.

Last year marked the most expensive Thanksgiving feast at $50.11 for 10 people. The big bird dropped to about $1.42 per pound this year for a total of about 30-cents saved per 16-pound turkey.

The biggest savings in addition to the turkey came from pumpkin pie mix, milk and a veggie tray with celery and carrots. Pumpkin pie mix (30-ounce can) is $3.13, milk (one gallon) $3.17 and veggies (one-pound tray with carrots and celery) $0.73. AFBF also says some of the miscellaneous items such as coffee, butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and flour, dropped to $2.81.

Some common Thanksgiving staples show a bit of a price hike this year. This includes a dozen brown and serve rolls ($2.46), two 9” pie shells ($2.59), on pound of green beans ($1.58), 12 ounces of fresh cranberries ($2.39), half-pint whipping cream ($2.00), 14 ounce package of cubed bread stuffing ($2.67) and three pounds of sweet potatoes ($3.60).

AFBF’s shopping list consists of turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk for 10 guests, with the anticipation of leftovers. The group brought together 148 volunteers to check prices at grocery stores in 40 states. AFBF asked volunteers to look for the best prices without using coupons or other deals.

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