The average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey. Adjusting for inflation, the cost is $20.54, the lowest since 2013.
A 16-pound turkey came in at $22.38 this year, or approximately $1.40 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound or 36 cents per turkey, compared to 2016.
The shopping list includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and coffee and milk sufficient to serve a family of 10 with leftovers.
Foods showing the largest decreases this year in addition to turkey were a gallon of milk, $2.99; a dozen rolls, $2.26; two nine-inch pie shells, $2.45; a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes, $3.52; a 1-pound. bag of green peas, $1.53; and a group of miscellaneous items, including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and flour), $2.72.
Items that increased in price were a half-pint of whipping cream, $2.08; a 14-ounce package of bread stuffing, $2.81; a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix, $3.21; a 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries, $2.43; and a 1-pound veggie tray (carrots and celery), 74 cents.
Volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 39 states, looking for the best possible prices without taking advantage of promotions, coupons or free-turkey deals.