Studies Show Differing Costs of Thanksgiving Food


Two studies show differing costs when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. 

According to American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving dinner table, they found that the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90.

That comes out to less than five bucks a person. 

That cost is down 22 cents from last year’s average of $49.12.

The star of the feast, the turkey, cost slightly less than last year too, coming in at $21.71 for a 16-pound bird, down three percent from last year. 

But according to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s survey, cost is actually up by $8.35 from last year’s average. This year’s meal will cost $52.93 for a family of 10.

The statewide average is based on responses from members of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and other volunteers who surveyed food prices at eight grocery stores and supermarkets across the state. They were asked to report the “best in-store price” of 15 items included in the meal and are allowed to take advantage of advertised specials, excluding discount coupons and purchase requirements.

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