Here's How Much Thanksgiving Dinner "Should" Cost Per Person

If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving, you know that feeding and entertaining a group of any size for the holiday can be pretty expensive. But you’d never know that from the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual report on what the cost of a Thanksgiving meal should be. They’ve just come out with this year’s report, and it’s ridiculously low, once again.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation:

  • The total cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 should be $64.05.
  • That comes out to less than $6.50 per person, but it’s an increase of $10.74, or 20% more than last year.
  • The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables, the turkey, is also the most expensive item at $28.96 for a 16-pound bird that’s $1.81 a pound. That’s an increase of 21% from last year.

The rest of the meal they’ve priced includes:

  • 14-ounce bag of cubed stuffing mix: $3.88 (up 69%)
  • 2 frozen pie crusts: $3.68 (up 26%)
  • Half pint of whipping cream: $2.24 (up 26%)
  • 1 pound of frozen peas: $1.90 (up 23%)
  • 1 dozen dinner rolls: $3.73 (up 22%)
  • Miscellaneous ingredients to prepare the meal: $4.13 (up 20%)
  • 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix: $4.28 (up 18%)
  • 1 gallon of whole milk: $3.84 (up 16%)
  • 3 pounds of sweet potatoes: $3.96 (up 11%)
  • 1-pound veggie tray (carrots & celery): 88 cents (up 8%)
  • 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries: $2.57 (down 14%)
  • The Farm Bureau also looked at what the cost of adding ham, Russet potatoes and frozen green beans would be. It does raise the overall price by $17.25, making the total $81.30
  • Those numbers may seem really low, but the group comes up with their estimates based on information from 224 volunteer shoppers who checked grocery prices in all 50 states.

American Farm Bureau Federation


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