The Average Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner over the last 20 years

Holidays & Special Occasions Thanksgiving The Average Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner over the last 20 years

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      This might shock you but the average cost of Thanksgiving Dinner last year was $49.04 per Family, or around $5 per person.

      I’m willing to bet you’re wondering what they included in the price of their fabulous dinner:

      [td=”align: left”]item
      [td=”align: center”]2012 Price
      [td=”align: center”]2013 Price
      [td=”align: center”]difference

      [td=”align: left”]16-pound turkey
      [td=”align: center”]22.23
      [td=”align: center”]21.76
      [td=”align: center”]-.47

      [td=”align: left”]rolls, 12
      [td=”align: center”]2.33
      [td=”align: center”]2.18
      [td=”align: center”]-.15

      [td=”align: left”]green peas, 1 lb.
      [td=”align: center”]1.66
      [td=”align: center”]1.54
      [td=”align: center”]-.12

      [td=”align: left”]cubed stuffing, 14 oz.
      [td=”align: center”]2.77
      [td=”align: center”]2.67
      [td=”align: center”]-.10

      [td=”align: left”]fresh cranberries, 12 oz.
      [td=”align: center”]2.45
      [td=”align: center”]2.42
      [td=”align: center”]-.03

      [td=”align: left”]pie shells (2)
      [td=”align: center”]2.51
      [td=”align: center”]2.49
      [td=”align: center”]-.02

      [td=”align: left”]sweet potatoes, 3 lbs.
      [td=”align: center”]3.15
      [td=”align: center”]3.36
      [td=”align: center”]+.21

      [td=”align: left”]pumpkin pie mix, 30-oz.
      [td=”align: center”]3.02
      [td=”align: center”]3.10
      [td=”align: center”]+.08

      [td=”align: left”]milk, 1 gallon whole
      [td=”align: center”]3.59
      [td=”align: center”]3.66
      [td=”align: center”]+.07

      [td=”align: left”]1-pound relish tray (carrots and celery)
      [td=”align: center”].76
      [td=”align: center”].81
      [td=”align: center”]+.05

      [td=”align: left”]whipping cream, ½ pint
      [td=”align: center”]1.83
      [td=”align: center”]1.85
      [td=”align: center”]+.02

      [td=”align: left”]misc. ingredients
      [td=”align: center”]3.18
      [td=”align: center”]3.20
      [td=”align: center”]+.02

      [td=”align: left”]total
      [td=”align: center”]49.48
      [td=”align: center”]49.04
      [td=”align: center”]-.44


      we pulled this information from the american farm bureau federation. you can view the full details and additional charts here:

      source: Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Rises, Still Under $50 for 10

      Update: 2014’s Average Prices

      item2013 Price2014 Pricedifference
      misc. ingredients3.203.48+.28
      sweet potatoes, 3 lbs.3.363.56+.20
      whipping cream, 1/2 pint1.852.00+.15
      milk, 1 gallon whole3.663.76+.10
      pumpkin pie mix, 30 oz.3.103.12+.02
      1-pound relish tray (carrots and celery).81.82+.01
      green peas, 1 lb.1.541.55+.01
      cubed stuffing, 14 oz.2.672.54-.13
      16-pound turkey21.7621.65-.11
      fresh cranberries, 12 oz.2.422.34-.08
      pie shells (2)2.492.42-.07
      rolls, 122.182.17-.01
      total49.0449.41+.37
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    • #459609

      Wow, I would’ve thought it was a lot more money than that considering all the different groceries that go into it! Of course, every family eats a little differently and many of them do the potluck thing, which helps too.

      Thanks for sharing this Liss/Budget101!

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Holidays & Special Occasions Thanksgiving The Average Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner over the last 20 years