Individual surveyed item prices:
— 16-pound turkey: $23.99 or approximately $1.50 per pound (up 24%)
— 2 frozen pie crusts: $2.91 (up 20%)
— 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix: $3.64 (up 7%)
— Half pint of whipping cream: $1.78 (up 2%)
— 1 dozen dinner rolls: $3.05 (up 15%)
— 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries: $2.98 (up 11%)
— 1 gallon of whole milk: $3.30 (up 7%)
— 1 pound of frozen peas: $1.54 (up 6%)
— 3 pounds of sweet potatoes: $3.56 (up 4%)
— 1-pound veggie tray (carrots & celery): 82 cents (up 12%)
— Misc. ingredients to prepare the meal: $3.45 (up 12%)
— 14-ounce bag of cubed stuffing mix: $2.29 (down 19%)
On average, a Thanksgiving meal for 10 will cost $53.31, or $6.41 more, than last year’s average of $46.90.
The cost for a 16-pound turkey, the survey found, is $23.99, up 24% from last year. However, many grocery stores now have turkeys on sale at bargain prices and consumers will likely pay less for them.
The bureau surveyed prices from Oct. 26 to Nov. 8. But this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture data, grocery stores began advertising lower prices later than usual.
The price for whole frozen turkeys averaged 88 cents per pound the week of Nov. 12-18, a decline of 18% in just one week, according to the USDA’s national retail turkey report.
Prices for meat, poultry, fish and eggs have been skyrocketing within the last 12 months, taking a bite out of consumers’ wallets.
Grocery prices across major grocery store food groups are up 5.4% for the last 12 months, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics recent report.
“Taking turkey out of the basket of foods reveals a 6.6% price increase compared to last year, which tracks closely with the Consumer Price Index for food and general inflation across the economy,” said Nigh.
The Farm Bureau survey factored in enough stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee, and milk to feed 10 people with leftovers. Costs for nearly all those ingredients increased.
A package of two frozen pie crusts is up 20% and a dozen dinner rolls will cost consumers 15% more this year. The only item that decreased in price was a 14-ounce bag of cubed stuffing averaging $2.29, down 19% from last year.
In addition, the Farm Bureau’s survey also included ham, Russet potatoes, and frozen green beans, which upped the average cost. When added to a traditional menu, the cost increased by $15.41 to $68.72.
The Farm Bureau surveys pricing through volunteer shoppers by checking prices in person and online in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.