Cost of Thanksgiving meal is going down

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That Thanksgiving meal will be a little less expensive this year. The American Farm Bureau says the average cost of this year's thanksgiving feast for ten people is $49.12. That's 75 cents less than last year, and the cheapest since 2013.

Turkey is down about two cents per pound, so a 16-pound bird will cost you about $22.38.

Shoppers can expect to gobble up savings on milk, rolls and pie shells, but will see higher costs for stuffing, pumpkin pie mix and whipping cream.

The shopping list for Farm Bureau’s informal survey includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.

Shoppers with an eye for bargains in all areas of the country should be able to purchase individual menu items at prices comparable to the Farm Bureau survey averages. Another option for busy families without a lot of time to cook is ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals for up to 10 people, with all the trimmings, which are available at many supermarkets and take-out restaurants for around $50 to $75.

The AFBF Thanksgiving dinner survey was first conducted in 1986. While Farm Bureau does not make any scientific claims about the data, it is an informal gauge of price trends around the nation. Farm Bureau’s survey menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons.

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