How much will Thanksgiving dinner cost this year? We have checked for you
Thanksgiving dinner is always a little stressful. Friends and relatives arrive, and making a bigger than normal dinner can always include a little anxiety.
This year, there is an additional challenge for many families: Inflation has caused the prices of turkey and all accessories to be higher than in recent years. How much higher? The News-Journal visited a local grocery store to find out.
The not-so-grateful count: It’s going to cost you more at Thanksgiving than in 2020.
Earlier this month, the American Farm Bureau Federation conducted its 36th annual survey showing that the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 is $ 68.72, or about $ 6.87 per person. That’s about 14% more than the same meal cost in 2020.
The survey also found that turkeys cost more than in 2020, at $ 23.99 for a 16-pound bird. That’s about $ 1.50 a pound, up 24% from last year.
There are several mitigating factors, including whether the turkey is purchased fresh from a butcher or store rather than frozen. The price differences may also have been affected by the timing: the farm office price check took place in late October and early November, when turkey prices may have been higher or lower.
The News-Journal performed its local price comparison using the Publix at the Bellair Plaza in Daytona Beach. There, we found Publix brand frozen turkey at 49 cents a pound and fresh turkey prices as high as $ 2.99 a pound. For this comparison, The News-Journal decided to use the cheapest fresh turkey, at $ 1.99 a pound.
Beyond that, The News-Journal was able to compare all local Thanksgiving food items with the 2021 farm office price list, except for the office vegetarian plate and “sundries.” As a result, the newspaper used the same prices as the agricultural bureau for these items.
Here’s more bad news: The price of a Thanksgiving dinner here is even higher than the National Agriculture Bureau average. Some of the price differences may be linked to pandemic-induced shortages.
“The (grocery) industry continues to face shortages during the pandemic and these product and packaging shortages may vary from week to week,” wrote Maria Brous, director of communications for Publix.
“In some cases, suppliers have moved away from multiple varieties to focus on their best-selling items to meet demand. In addition, it impacts supply and demand and can cause prices to increase in certain categories. Our teams continue to work with our suppliers to absorb the costs we can and bring the highest quality product to our customers.
Without further ado, here are the food items, the 2021 farm office list prices, and the lowest prices, respectively, that The News-Journal found at Publix at the end of last week:
• 16 pound turkey, $ 1.50 per pound versus $ 1.99 per pound locally.
• A gallon of whole milk, $ 3.30 per gallon versus $ 4.29 per gallon locally.
• Package of 12 rolls, $ 3.05 versus $ 4.59 locally.
• 12 ounce bag of cranberries, $ 2.98 vs. $ 1.67 locally.
• Half a pint of regular whipping cream, $ 1.78 vs. $ 2.05 locally.
• 3 pounds of sweet potatoes, $ 3.56 vs. $ 1.47 locally.
• 12 ounce bag of cubed stuffing, $ 2.29 vs. $ 2.58 locally.
• 4 lb semi-boneless ham, $ 10.87 versus $ 9.96 locally.
• 5 pounds of Russet potatoes, $ 2.96 vs. $ 3.45 locally.
• 1 pound bag of green beans, $ 1.58 vs. $ 1.69 locally.
• 30-ounce box of pumpkin pie mix, $ 3.64 vs. $ 3.79 locally.
• 2 pie crusts, $ 2.91 versus $ 3.17 locally.
• 1 pound of peas, $ 1.54 versus $ 2.29 locally.
• 1 pound vegetable platter, $ 0.82 vs. $ 0.82 locally.
• Miscellaneous items, $ 3.45 versus $ 3.45 locally.
And here’s the overall price comparison, including 2020 farm office prices:
• 2020 farm office rate: $ 60.11.
• Agricultural office 2021 rate: $ 68.72.
• Price for the same items at Daytona Beach: $ 77.11.