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Thanksgiving Day Dinner Costs



From the turkey to the stuffing and potatoes, the cost to set your table for thanksgiving adds up.
But as Reporter Sarah Gustin explains when comparing this year's receipt with last year's--the totals are pretty similar.

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the turkey, stuffing, cranberries and all the fixings.
(Char McLaughlin / Thanksgiving Day Host) "The turkey breast because there is only a few of us, and i do gravey and i do mash potatoes, but I do the real ones with real stuff in it. Lot of whipping cream, lot of butter because there is no such thing as too much butter."
(Andrea Pansegrau /Thanksgiving Day Host) "We have a new fresh green bean casserole and mushroom recipe we are going to do it fresh with the cream of mushroom soup. And we have a new mashed potato and parmasan thing we are going to try." 
While all those turkey day esstenials add up--the total isn't much higher than last year's.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation this year's Thanksgiving day dinner only rose a half a percent from 2011.
The average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.48, only 28 cents more than last year.
(Dawn Smith-Pfeifer / ND Farm Bureau) "But when you adjust for inflation. inflation was about 2% this year, so it's actually less than it was last year and from 1986 it's cheaper when you adjust for inflation. so it's still a really good deal." 
While the prices of some ingredients like the turkey, eggs, sugar and flour increased slightly, the price of whipping cream, cubed bread stuffing and sweet potatoes decreased.
(Dawn Smith-Pfeifer / ND Farm Bureau) "Americans only spend 10% of their disposable income on food and that compares to italy around 14%, china is 33% and Pakistan comes in at like 46% so we are really spending a very small amount of our disposable income on food every year." 
And the shoppers we visited have no plans of letting price decide how they'll be fixing their Thanksgiving day spread.
(Andrea Pansegrau /Thanksgiving Day Host) "It's Thanksgiving you just do it. its one of those meals you just do and make sure everyone is happy."
(Char McLaughlin / Thanksgiving Day Host) "Grateful for the wonderful grace of food that we have all this." 

The turkey experienced the biggest price increase, rising about 4 cents per pound.
The average cost of a 16 pound turkey is $22.23.


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