Consumer Watch: Thanksgiving meal prices

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 5:37 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Good news for people cooking this Thanksgiving.

The average total cost of items typically served during the holiday meal is 44 cents less than last year's total according to an annual survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The largest price drop among the items was the turkey itself.

The average cost of a 16lb. turkey will cost about $21.76 this year.

Other Thanksgiving items that cost less than last year or green peas, stuffing, fresh cranberries and dinner rolls.

Items with a slight increase were a gallon of milk, which went up seven cents and three pounds of sweet potatoes, which went up 21 cents.

The stability in Thanksgiving food prices is largely due to relatively quiet weather, meaning few disruptions for farmers.

Another contributing factor is lower energy prices, which means lower costs to process and transport food to stores.

That gives every grocery shopper a reason to be thankful.

If you have a consumer watch question e-mail consumerwatch@whas11.com
 

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