Dinner Costs a Little Less This Thanksgiving
Turkey and all the trimmings runs $49.04, 44 cents less than last year
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2013 3:40 PM CST
A gourmet Thanksgiving dinner served in Concord, N.H.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

(Newser) – Thanksgiving dinner will cost you a little less this year—44 cents less to be exact—according to a 34-state survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation, picked up by Business Insider. A 10-person feast with turkey and all the trimmings—including stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, veggies, cranberries, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream—plus enough for leftovers, costs about $49.04 this year, a drop from 2012's $49.48. At about $5 per serving, it's "an excellent value for consumers," AFBF's president said.

The most expensive buy is of course the turkey, which averages $1.36 per pound—down three cents from last year—or $21.76 for a 16-pounder. Newser points out that wine and other alcoholic libations aren't included in the grand total. Don't have time to dress a turkey? And more penny-wise news: Assuming you're not the host, driving to Thanksgiving dinner will be a little cheaper, too: The Los Angeles Times reports national gas prices are down 16 cents per gallon over last year, to an average $3.27 a gallon.

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Tom Weiland
Nov 28, 2013 10:24 AM CST
Is it just me, or is the turkey in that photo burned to $hlt. My wife must have been cooking!
Nov 28, 2013 6:00 AM CST
It doesn't cost less if your are one of the 22 million unemployed
Nov 27, 2013 5:01 PM CST
Eh, this is all relative to location. Locally, turkey was cheap this year at about .99 a pound (there is a supermarket war in the area). It appears that the Jewel, Meijer, Costco, Sam's Club, Dominick's (soon to be gone forever) and Walmart all seem interested in practically giving the ingredients to Thanksgiving away this year with various promotions and deals, so I'm not sure what to make of this story other than "That's nice".