Cost of Thanksgiving dinner hits lowest point in five years

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, there’s one more thing people can be thankful for this year: the price of a Thanksgiving meal is the most affordable it’s been in five years.

This year’s meal will cost below $5 per person, considering the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is estimated at $49.12, according to the annual price survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The cost of the meal is down 75 cents from the 2016 average. And this year, the average cost for a whole bird is $22.38.

“Wholesale turkey prices are at their lowest level since 2013, and given that the turkey represent nearly 50 percent of the basket’s total, it’s the biggest factor driving the price decline,” said John Newton, the director of market intelligence at the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The American Farm Bureau Federation started its Thanksgiving dinner survey in 1986.

Ana Ceballos

Ana covers politics and policy Before joining the News Service of Florida she wrote for the Naples Daily News and was the legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press and covered policy issues impacting immigration, the environment, criminal justice and social welfare in Florida. She holds a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University. After graduating in 2014, she worked as a criminal justice reporter for the Monterey Herald and the Monterey County Weekly. She has also freelanced for The Washington Post at the U.S.-Mexico border covering crime in the border city of Tijuana, where she grew up. Ana is fluent in Spanish and has intermediate proficiency in Portuguese.


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