Cost for Thanksgiving Feast Drops…Again

Can’t wait to carve that roasted turkey and sample some once-a-year classic dishes? 

Time for turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, veggie tray, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. As your clan gobbles up traditional Thanksgiving treats and reaches for seconds, rest assured that dinner isn’t costing you a fortune.

U.S. consumers generally enjoy quality food at affordable prices most of the year, and it’s especially apparent for Thanksgiving dinnerIn fact, the average price of a basic Thanksgiving feast is now at its lowest level since 2010, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual survey on holiday food prices. If you’re gathering a crowd of 10 around your table, it will cost $48.90 for the typical feast. That’s less than $5 per person, and plenty for leftovers.

How can that happen, considering food costs are on the upswing? Well thanks to ample supplies, turkeys cost slightly less than last year – $21.71 for a 16-pound bird.


Farm Bureau collects grocery prices for this survey via 166 volunteer shoppers in 37 states. The shoppers look for the best prices, without using special promotions like getting a free turkey for spending $50.


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