Thanksgiving is $1.70 Cheaper This Year

  • You’ll pay less this year

    One more thing to be thankful for: according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, this year you will probably pay less for a “classic” Thanksgiving family dinner. The savings isn’t huge, but every little bit helps, right? Here are 11 items you will likely want on your dinner table this Thanksgiving, their average prices, along with what they cost you last year. Most of the items went down in price, but there are a few items that cost more today than a year ago. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Milk, 1 gallon whole
  • Milk, 1 gallon whole

    In 2008, it cost you $3.78 on average, but this year it is only $2.86 on average for a fresh gallon of whole milk. Savings this year: $0.92 Photo Credit: Getty Images
    16-pound turkey
  • 16-pound turkey

    No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without that delicious bird. Last year, the average cost was $19.09, but this year it is down to $18.65 on average. Savings this year: $0.44 Photo Credit: horaceko
    Cream, ½ pint
  • Cream, ½ pint

    Creamy goodness last year cost on average $1.70, but this year it is down to $1.55 for a half-pint. Savings this year: $0.15 Photo Credit: stu_spivack
    Rolls, 12
  • Rolls, 12

    A dozen rolls in 2008 cost on average $2.20, but this year it is down to $2.08. Don’t forget the butter. Savings this year: $0.12 Photo Credit: flyingroc
    1 pound of carrots & celery
  • 1 pound of carrots & celery

    These stuffing components cost $0.82 last year, but will only set you back $0.72 this year. Savings this year: $0.10 Photo Credit: kiwanja
    Fresh cranberries, 12 oz.
  • Fresh cranberries, 12 oz.

    12 ounces of fresh cranberries cost on average $2.46 last year, but the average cost is $2.41 this year. Savings this year: $0.05 Photo Credit: vieux bandit
    Pumpkin pie mix, 30 oz.
  • Pumpkin pie mix, 30 oz.

    Assuming you want some scrumptious pumpkin pie for dessert, you’ll pay more this year: $2.45 on average, versus $2.34 a year ago. Increase in cost this year: $0.11 Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Pie shells (2)
  • Pie shells (2)

    You’ll need pie shells, too, for that pumpkin pie mix! They cost on average $2.26 last year, but this year two shells will go for $2.34. Increase in cost this year: $0.08 Photo Credit: stevier
    Cube stuffing, 14 oz.
  • Cube stuffing, 14 oz.

    It cost you $2.57 last year on average, but will cost you $2.65 this year. Increase in cost this year: $0.08 Photo Credit: Adam Selwood
    Sweet potatoes, 3 lbs.
  • Sweet potatoes, 3 lbs.

    It cost you $3.12 on average for three pounds of sweet potatoes last year, and it will cost you on average $3.12 again this year. No change in cost from last year. Photo Credit: Natalie Maynor
    Green peas, 1 lb.
  • Green peas, 1 lb.

    The average cost for a pound of green peas also remained unchanged, at $1.58 last year and this year. No change in cost from last year. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Total savings?
  • Total savings?

    Overall, the average Thanksgiving dinner will cost you $1.70 less this year: $42.91 versus $44.61 for last year’s feast. "Food is still relatively affordable," says Stefphanie Gambrell, a domestic policy economist at American Farm Bureau Federation. "Even in these down economic times, there is still a way to save some money. When you look at a meal for 10, it comes out to about $4.29 per person. That is still a lot cheaper than you can get a meal at most fast-food restaurants." Our sister site TheStreet.com has more details on the price drop. Photo Credit: buxtrosion
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