Average Cost for Thanksgiving Dinner
This year's extreme drought didn't have much of an effect on what it will cost to put Thanksgiving dinner on the table.
The average cost for a classic dinner is up, but just under 30 cents from last year.
The American Farm Bureau Federation reports that a classic Thanksgiving dinner for a party of 10 will cost $49.48.
Some people we spoke to spent less than $50, others just around 50.
Then there are those people who go above and beyond. Spending much more than this years average cost.
"I like to make a lot of things for thanksgiving so I spend a heck of a lot more," said Tina Lopez.
Lopez of Ocala said every year her husband gets a free turkey from his job, but that doesn't mean that she spends less for Thansgiving dinner.
Mainly because she cooks non- traditional foods like stuffed mushrooms with crab meat.
"Crabmeat is, the real thing not the imitation, is expensive. So that's when it tallies up I spend more than the average person. Not everybody makes stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat," said Lopez.
But if you are cooking the classic Thanksgiving feast then you shouldn't spend more than $49.48.
That's just under $5 per person.
The AFBF survey included these items on the menu.
Turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk.
"The most expensive thing is the turkey," said Lopez.
It's up 3 percent from last year. Today a 16 pound turkey costs about $22.00
Most of the other items showed a price decrease.
Three pounds of sweet potatoes went down 11 cents, costing you about $3.15.
People we spoke to said they prefer to have a potluck as a way to save the host and everyone else some cash.
"It probably cost her a fortune to feed everybody because we are about 30 maybe 50 people," said Coy Brooks.
Other people choose to purchase ready to eat Thanksgiving dinners. Offered at places like Bravo Supermarkets.
"It would go between $40 to $50 depending on the different items they get with the turkey," said Juan Batista who is the manager of Bravo Supermarkets.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is to give thanks and to make sure everyone has a delicious meal on Thanksgiving day.
"I have to buy what I need. Period. If it goes over $50 so be it," said Lopez.
In 2011 the average cost for a thanksgiving dinner went up $5.73.
Making it the highest increase since the AFBF started the survey in 1986.
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