Thanksgiving Meal More Expensive This Year

Your Thanksgiving meal is going to cost more this year.

The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates a Thanksgiving meal for the average gathering of 10 will cost $44.61 this year, up 5.5 percent from last year.

The cost of the meal was still less than the same meal 20 years ago, when stripping out inflation.

Here's how the prices break down.

-16-pound turkey, $19.09, an increase of $1.46
- Cube stuffing, 14 oz., $2.57, up 17 cents
- 30 ounces of pumpkin pie mix, $2.34, up 21 cents
- Two pie shells, $2.26, up 18 cents
- Three pounds of sweet potatoes, $3.12, up 4 cents
- A dozen rolls, $2.20, up 31 cents
- One pound of green peas, $1.58, up 12 cents
- One-pound relish tray of carrots and celery, 82 cents, up 16 cents
- One gallon of whole milk, $3.78, down 10 cents
- Fresh cranberries, 12 oz., $2.46, up 26 cents
- Half pint of cream, $1.70, up 14 cents
- Miscellaneous ingredients like onions, eggs, sugar, flour, $2.69, down 60 cents
Total: $44.61, up $2.35 from last year

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  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Nov 17, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    Obama aired up the tires on my old pick up!
  • by Mom Location: KY on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:24 AM
    Well, they're sure not allowing much food for 10 people. That dozen rolls is crazy, when most people eat 2 rolls, and a lot of men eat more than that. That small amount of peas is just plain stupid, too, not to mention that one little package of stuffing. Get real people. I sure couldn't cook a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people on that amount of money. I hope others will give their opinion on this.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:00 AM
    Feeding 10 people a traditional Thanksgiving feast for $44? Sure....
  • by Larinda Location: Lexington on Nov 17, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    It may be higher this year, but next year OBAMA will have turkey dinner for all of us at no charge. He's gonna put gas in my car and a turkey on my table. God bless Obama!


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