According to the AFBF’s annual survey results, the overall average cost of a “classic” Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is $64.05. This dinner consists of:
- A 16-pound turkey
- Twelve ounces of cranberries
- Three pounds of sweet potatoes
- Half a pound each of carrots and celery
- Sixteen ounces of green peas
- Two nine-inch pie shells
- Fourteen ounces of cube stuffing
- One dozen dinner rolls
- 30 ounces of pumpkin pie mix
- One gallon of whole milk
- Half a pint of whipping cream
This is nearly $11, or 20 percent higher than the average cost of a classic Thanksgiving dinner in 2021. The average price of this classic Thanksgiving meal has been soaring in recent years, according to the AFBF, with data indicating that the average price was only around $20 to $30 in the late 1980s. (Related: Bird flu and food inflation push turkey prices 73% higher than last year.)
“Part of the increases have come from general inflation, which is a real burden on everybody for everything,” said AFBF Chief Economist Roger Cryan. “Part of it has come from some of the challenges in the food supply chain, including the disruption of war around the world and difficulties of just meeting a rise in demand in a recovering world economy.”
Certain Thanksgiving-related food items are becoming more expensive than others
Some specific Thanksgiving-related food items are reporting much higher price increases than others. The average price of a 16-pound turkey, for example, is $28.96, or nearly $5 more than the $23.99 average price in 2021. This is a 21 percent increase.
“The higher retail turkey cost at the grocery store can also be attributed to a slightly smaller flock this year, increased feed costs and lighter processing weights,” noted Cryan. He is referring to the avian influenza or bird flu outbreak, which is affecting the turkey supply and has resulted in over eight million turkeys being culled.
Other foods have also reported massive price increases. A 14-ounce pack of cubed stuffing is now $3.88, or 69 percent higher than last year’s price of $2.29. A pound of green peas is 23 percent more expensive this year at $1.9 per pound compared to $1.54 per pound last year. A pack of one dozen dinner rolls is $3.73, or 22 percent higher than last year’s average price of $3.05. A 30-ounce pack of pumpkin pie mix is now $4.28, a 17.5 percent increase from last year’s average price of $3.64.
Despite the higher prices, many American consumers have noted that this will not change their spending plans for the holiday. A LendingTree survey of over 1,500 consumers noted that 44 percent will not let inflation affect their Thanksgiving plans or budget. Only 27 percent said they will be taking into consideration store coupons and other discounts when making their Thanksgiving purchases.
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