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Poll: Are You Cutting Costs on Thanksgiving Dinner This Year?

A survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation indicates the price of the “classic” meal is up 13 percent.

With T-minus ten days till Turkey Day here in the Hudson Valley, chances are you’re making a list of what to buy or what to bring—and wondering how much the whole thing is going to cost.

Well, here’s some news on the cost front: According the American Farm Bureau Federation, you'll pay about 13 percent more for a “classic” Thanksgiving dinner this year. 

From a release on the Federation’s website: “AFBF’s 26th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.20, a $5.73 price increase from last year’s average of $43.47.”

What makes up the meal: “The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. There is also plenty for leftovers,” it says in the release.

For a full breakdown of prices and how they conducted the survey, click here.

So we’re wondering, what’s on your shopping list for Thanksgiving? Are you going to be cutting back? Or is this a once a year holiday that you’re happy to spring for?

And then tell us: What are your must-haves, regardless of price? (In our Italian-ized Thanksgiving, we always have pasta pre-turkey!)

Lanning Taliaferro November 14, 2011 at 06:18 PM
This year we made sure we did enough shopping to qualify for the supermarket's free turkey. That's handy.
Jeanne Gilholm November 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM
I found that with prices higher than last year it we reached our qualifying amount much faster this year. We went for the ham.

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