Price of Thanksgiving dinner going up
Posted November 20, 2011
Garner, N.C. — The cost of Thanksgiving dinner has taken its biggest jump in 20 years, but Triangle shoppers say they're finding ways to get around the price rise and keep the cherished tradition.
A 10-person Thanksgiving dinner will cost $49.20 this year, up 13 percent from 2010, estimates the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The cost breaks down: Grocery Cart Tracker
- $11.06 for sides, such as stuffing, peas and sweet potatoes
- $2.30 for 12 dinner rolls
- $3.10 for drinks
- $11.17 for the ingredients to make a couple pumpkin pies
- $21.57 for a 16 pound turkey
Clyde Watson, who was shopping at a Food Lion store in Garner, said he won't let rising prices stop his holiday.
"You know this thing called Thanksgiving is a tradition," Watson said. "It's like gas prices. You need it. You have to go with the flow." Coupons, deals, more
"I'm still going to eat and spend time with my family at Thanksgiving, like I always do," shopper Lisa Aaron agreed.
Coupons are a good way to cut your bill for Thanksgiving dinner.
Food Lion manager Rodney Jackson said he and his wife shopped at his store and used coupons to cut their $144 bill. Thanksgiving dinner costs more
"With coupons, her MVP card, buying our private-brand items, our bill was like $97," Jackson said.
Aaron said her Thanksgiving dinner strategies include asking everyone to bring a dish.
"Everybody just contributes a little bit more, and you keep on going. That's all you can do," she said.
Rising commodity prices and higher demand around the world – particularly for turkeys – are to blame for the higher costs, according to the AFBF.
The prices were reported by 141 volunteer shoppers in 35 states. It was the AFBF's 26th Thanksgiving dinner survey.