Price of Thanksgiving dinner drops -- 44 cents - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11:00 am / Updated at 11:45 am
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Price of Thanksgiving dinner drops -- 44 cents


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The average national price of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people fell 44 cents this year to $49.04.

The American Farm Bureau Federation asks volunteer shoppers each year to record prices at grocery stores around the country to come up with the average price.

Four Nebraska shoppers participated in the survey, but that wasn't enough to produce a Nebraska-only average this year, as the Nebraska Farm Bureau has done in the past, the group said.

The meal for 10 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 10.

The Farm Bureau says there is “plenty for leftovers” at this price, but I don't think they've seen my family eat Thanksgiving dinner.

You might end up with a frozen bird this year -- Butterball says it had a problem getting its turkeys fattened up on time for the holiday.

Items that increased in price this year were:

3 pounds of sweet potatoes, $3.36

1 gallon of whole milk, $3.66

30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix, $3.10

Misc. items including coffee and meal ingredients, $3.20

Relish tray, 81 cents

Items that dropped in price were:

16-pound turkey, $21.76 or $1.36 per pound

Dozen rolls, $2.18

1 pound peas, $1.54

14-ounce box of stuffing, $2.67

Cranberries, $2.42

Whipping cream, $1.85

2 pie shells, $2.49

Is this a realistic price for your family? What do you serve that's not on the list?

Contact the writer: Barbara Soderlin

barbara.soderlin@owh.com    |   402-444-1336

Barbara Soderlin covers food safety, ConAgra, technology and employment/unemployment issues.

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