Updated: December 19, 2012 11:03AM
The cost of a classic Thanksgiving dinner increased less than 1 percent this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The federation’s 27th annual informal price survey of typical items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table shows the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 to be $49.48. That’s a 28-cent price increase from last year’s average of $49.20.
The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream as well as coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. There is also plenty for leftovers.
The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – cost $22.23 this year. That was roughly $1.39 per pound, an increase of about 4 cents per pound, or a total of 66 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2011. The whole bird was the biggest contributor to the final total, showing the largest price increase compared to last year.
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