The price of this year's Thanksgiving dinner is up from last
year, with some items costing more than others.
John Anderson, deputy chief economist of the American Farm Bureau
Federation (AFBF), reports that the cost of a ten-serving
Thanksgiving dinner will be $49.48 -- an increase of 28 cents from
"Farm Bureau calculates the national average Thanksgiving dinner
price from the results of surveys sent in by volunteer shoppers,"
Anderson explains. "We have members around the country who go out
in their local store and report the prices that they find there on
this market basket of items."
This is the 27th year the informal survey has been taken.
"If you look across the basket, there were a few items up, a few
items down overall," the economist details. "The one that probably
moved the most was the turkey. Obviously, that's the centerpiece of
the Thanksgiving dinner, so it has a lot of weight in the total
cost of the dinner. Turkey price was up about three percent from a
The survey shopping list (see below) 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.