2014 cost of Thanksgiving meal

Annually, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) posts the cost of a Thanksgiving meal. This is their 29th year of providing an estimate of what the items on a traditional Thanksgiving table will cost for 10 persons, in 2014, it is estimated to be $49.04, a $0.37 increase from 2013. At roughly $5 per person, that is a pretty good deal! The average cost of the Thanksgiving meal has remained around $49 since 2011.

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The average cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 persons, 1986-2014. Source: American Farm Bureau Federation

As you guessed it, the turkey was the most expensive at roughly $1.35 a pound. John Anderson, the AFBF Deputy Chief Economist says that some grocers use turkey as the “loss leader” – a common practice to entice shoppers to come into the store and purchase other groceries while there.

Also included on the AFBF’s menu in addition to the turkey is: bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee, and milk.

2014 cost of Thanksgiving
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation

If your household is like mine, and you will be adding additional items containing dairy products, alcoholic beverages, and/or additional dessert options the price will increase. I have no doubts the food and company will both be good this year!

What is on your Thanksgiving menu? Any special traditions?


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