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It was in 1985 that the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) began its annual informal price survey of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. After 30 years of family and friends gathering around the table, the Thanksgiving dinner stills remains affordable.

AFBF has conducted an informal survey of traditional items found on the Thanksgiving dinner table. The results show the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 people is $50.11, making it $5.01 per serving. That’s a 70-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.41.

Volunteer shoppers from across the United States are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals.

The list of food items covered included 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.

The turkey had increased in cost, increasing by 9 cents to $1.44 per pound. Other items that saw an increase are the pumpkin pie mix, dozen brown-n-serve rolls and pie shells (all up 8 cents), sweet potatoes (up 1 cent), cubed bread stuffing (up 7 cents).

Items that showed a cost decrease: miscellaneous ingredients (down 30 cents), whipping cream (down 6 cents), gallon of milk (down 51 cents), relish tray and green peas (both down 3 cents), and fresh cranberries (down 5 cents).

From year to year, we see slight decreases and increases across the board. However the average Thanksgiving dinner cost has remained affordable. Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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Dawn James is a Copy Editor for the JG-TC.

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