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Traditional Turkey Dinner Costs 13 Percent More

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A new estimate says a traditional turkey dinner is going to cost more this Thanksgiving.

The American Farm Bureau Federation says that a meal with turkey and trimmings will cost about 13 percent more this year.

The trade group estimates a classic meal for 10 will cost $49.20 on average. That is $5.73 more than last year's $43.47 average.

The meal will cost less than $5 a person, but it's still much more expensive than in years past. The jump results from food makers and grocers raising their prices to cover higher commodity costs.

Nearly everything from cranberries to pumpkin pie is pricier this year, but the biggest hike is for the main course: A 16-pound turkey costs 4 percent more this year, at $21.57.

The group surveyed prices in stores nationwide. But grocers often discount key items as the holiday approaches and that could reduce the cost of Thanksgiving dinner.


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