The cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people is cheaper than it has been since 2013, according to the results of an informal Farm Bureau survey that tallied the costs of traditional Thanksgiving dinner ingredients. To feed a family of 10 with the ingredients listed in the survey costs $49.12, or less than $5.00 per person. Last year, that cost $49.87. While the survey is admittedly informal, and only used data from 141 shoppers in 39 states, it’s a decent indicator of what you may spend this year.
The Farm Bureau didn’t list dishes for a small, five-item meal, but rather a full spread. The ingredients they list include a whole turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, butter, rolls, peas, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and more.
Almost every ingredient on the menu dropped significantly in price — the average 16-pound turkey costs $22.38 cents this year, falling two cents per pound since last year’s survey. Turkey is also much cheaper this year in part because of an overabundance of them in freezer storage, driving down costs. Milk, too, got cheaper in part because of increased production.
While almost every item on the list got cheaper this year, a few notable exceptions remain. Whipping cream, cubed bread stuffing, pumpkin pie mix cans, fresh cranberries, and veggie trays all became more expensive over the year. Still, on the whole, the meal got cheaper.
According to the Farm Bureau, the lowered prices indicate that, despite the economic pressures on farmers, they are still working to give consumers access to affordable foods at high quality.