Thanksgiving Dinner Costs

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

November 17, 2006

Thanksgiving is only a week away, and that means more foot traffic is going through your neighborhood grocery store. How much is it going to cost you as you prepare for the feast? The answer is sure to surprise you.

It may not be surprising to see grocery stores packed this time of year because of the holiday frenzy. What may be surprising is how much each person spends on their Thanksgiving dinner.

"I would say probably around $50," said Shopper Sharon Culbertson.

"I'm figuring probably about $100-$120," said Shopper Susan Turner.

Those two women will certainly be at two different dinner tables come Thanksgiving. Sitting at a table further away from them will be an average family of ten. The average price of that family's meal is only $38.65.

"No way. $38.00", asked Turner.

Yes way, according to the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation when buying just the staples needed for a Thanksgiving meal.

"That's $3.80 a person," said Turner.

The shopping list for the VAFB included a turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, along with a tray of carrots and celery, and of course pumpkin pie.
We bought the same items a local grocery store. It rang up to more than $46.00. Perhaps, the lower price was because of one item in particular.

"Yes, because the turkeys are always on sale. That is your main meat, so that is a pretty good deal," said Culbertson.

The cost for a Thanksgiving meal for ten last year $36.78 which is $1.32 cheaper than it is now. Twenty years ago the meal was just about $28.

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