Overall Cost of a Thanksgiving Meal Lower in 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner
It looks like a Thanksgiving meal will cost a little less this year, according to an informal survey of grocery costs from Indiana Farm Bureau.

The average cost for this year’s Thanksgiving meal for 10 is $48.12 which is $3 less than last year’s average. The shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and both coffee and milk.

The most expensive item, turkey, was $23.04 or $1.44 per pound which is a decrease of 17 cents per pound. In addition to turkey, whole milk, whipping cream, rolls and vegetables all decreased in price from 2012. Stuffing, fresh cranberries and sweet potatoes increased slightly.

Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers were asked to look for the best possible prices without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals.