The Cost Of Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you might be wondering how much your family meal will cost.  According to the American Farm Bureau Federation's 33rd annual report on what a Thanksgiving meal should cost, the price is ridiculously low. 

According to the group, the total cost of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 should be about $48.90.  That is less than $5 per person.  and is down from last years $49.12.  The most expensive item is the bird, at about $1.36 per pound.  

As for the rest of the cheap meal, it includes:

  • A 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix - $3.33 (an increase from last year)
  • A gallon of milk - $2.92 (a decrease from last year)
  • A one-pound veggie tray of celery and carrots -$0.75 (an decrease from last year)
  • A dozen brown-and-serve rolls - $2.25 (a decrease from last year)
  • Two nine-inch pie shells - $2.47 (an increase from last year)
  • One pound of green peas - $1.47 (a decrease from last year)
  • 12 ounces of fresh cranberries - $2.65(an increase from last year)
  • A half-pint of whipping cream - $2.08 (same as last year)
  • A 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing - $2.87(an increase from last year)
  • A three-pound bag of fresh sweet potatoes - $3.39 (a decrease from last year)
  • Miscellaneous items (butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and flour) - $3.01 (an increase from last year)
  • This year the Farm Bureau also looked into what it would cost if you added ham, Russet potatoes and frozen green beans into the mix, and it does raise the price slightly. That would bring the price for a dinner for 10 up to $61.72, or a little over $6 a person.
  • Sure, those numbers seem absurdly low, but believe it or not, the group came up with their estimates based on information from 166 shoppers who checked grocery prices in 37 states. Obviously none of them went to Whole Foods.