I absolutely love the cooking, menu planning and family kitchen time that goes along with Thanksgiving, but I never really think about how much all the groceries cost. (Not to mention that my mom is still in charge, and all I have to do is make the deviled eggs, mashed potatoes and a pie.) But two weeks before the big day, the American Farm Bureau Federation has released its annual finds about the cost of Thanksgiving dinner.

Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner

This year, at an average price of $49.20 for a meal for 10 people, we’ll be spending 13 percent more on Thanksgiving dinner than we did last year. That’s the biggest percentage increase in years.

Just what does that feast include? Sweet potatoes, green peas, cranberries, stuffing, rolls, a relish tray of carrots and celery, a few miscellaneous ingredients, along with pumpkin pie mix, a gallon of whole milk, whipping cream and two pie crusts for dessert.

Then, of course, there’s the costly centerpiece – a 16-pound turkey, up almost $4 (25 cents per pound) from 2010.

For more information, check out the full report from the American Farm Bureau. They also include a history of Thanksgiving dinner costs over the years… back in 1989, you could enjoy the same dinner for less than $25.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be posting much more about what I consider to be the greatest food holiday, but until then, you can check out our Thanksgiving Recipe Collection or Deep-Fried Turkey Guide as you make your preparations for T-Day.

And I don’t know about the rest of you, but my family’s Thanksgiving dinner costs are probably even higher, because they didn’t count the green bean casserole, aforementioned deviled eggs and mashed potatoes, or any additional desserts.

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Do you keep up with a grocery budget for Thanksgiving, or do you tend to splurge this time of year? Have rising food costs affected what will end up on your holiday dinner table? Let us know in the comments.


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