It happens every year, and The American Farm Bureau Federation does the research every year; they have since 1986. The average cost of Thanksgiving every year, per person, for a family.
Let’s start with last year’s average cost for Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 10. $50.11, so just over 5 dollars a person. Doesn’t seem so bad. What’s it cost this year?
This year, the average price per pound for a turkey fell about 2 cents. What else is included in the research as far as food items? They look at the prices of “turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk,” according to their webpage.
Milk is down 8 cents, and pumpkin pie mix is down 7 cents, but the pie crusts are up 12 cents. Rolls, peas, cranberries, and stuffing are all up $.21, $.06, $.10, and $.06, respectively.
The total cost once all tallied up for this year is down 24 cents to $49.87. Less than 5 dollars per person now, by AFBF’s “family of 10” math.