Thanksgiving dinner could cost a little more to make this year.
The American Farm Bureau Federation found that the retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving meal including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased less than 1 percent this year.
President Bob Stallman says the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.48, which represents a 28-cent price increase from last year’s average.
Stallman says the largest contributor to the overall increase in the cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey. A 16-pound turkey came in at $22.23.
But Stallman says this still means the American tradition costs just under $5 per person.
Stallman says Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey.
The American Farm Bureau Federation has been conducting an informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table for nearly thirty years.