Cost Of Thanksgiving Meal Down From Last Year

The cost of the traditional Thanksgiving meal is down slightly from last year.  Missouri Farm Bureau did the shopping and looked at a menu that includes food for 10 people with some leftovers. The survey is comprised of a 16-pound turkey, cubed stuffing, sweet potatoes, fresh cranberries, peas, brown-and-serve rolls with butter, and carrot and celery sticks. Milk and coffee are the beverage offerings. Dessert consists of two pumpkin pies with real whipped cream.

Missouri shoppers will find the average price for this meal rings in at $46.90, down about $2.01 from last year.  The cost per person is at $4.69, about 20 cents lower than the national average.

Turkey, the centerpiece of the meal, is down about 7% from last year.    While many items decreased in price, bread items and cranberries are up this year.

Remember to shop the deals at your local store and be willing to make substitutions where possible, adjusting your menu to increase savings.


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