The American Farm Bureau Federation just put out its annual Thanksgiving report. And the average dinner for ten will cost $64.05 this year, up 20%. That’s $6.41 per person, up from $5.33 a year ago.
It varies around the country. In the South, it’s $5.84 . . . the Northeast, $6.40 . . . the Midwest, $6.42 . . . and out West, $7.14 per guest.
To keep things consistent, they haven’t changed their list of “typical” Thanksgiving foods since their first report in 1986 when it was $2.87 per person.
The biggest price jump this year is for stuffing, up 69%. Based on the average, here’s what everything in their “typical” Thanksgiving feast costs . . .
A 16-pound turkey, $28.96 . . . stuffing, $3.88 . . . cranberry sauce, $2.57 . . . sweet potatoes, $3.96 . . . dinner rolls, $3.73 . . . peas, $1.90 . . . carrots and celery, 88 cents . . . pumpkin pie mix, $4.28 . . . two pie crusts, $3.68 . . . a half-pint of whipped cream, $2.24 . . . and a gallon of milk, $3.84.
They also do an “updated” version with three more foods a lot of us include now. If you add mashed potatoes, green beans, and ham, it jumps to $8.13 a person.