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Although you may have plenty to be thankful for this year, the cost of Thanksgiving dinner may not be one of them, as the cost has increased, albeit marginally, from 2009.The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner has increased 1.3 percent from last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual study. The AFBF has been conducting the informal price survey for 25 years, and estimates households can put a turkey dinner and all the fixings on the table this year for 10 guests for $43.47, o
2010 Cost: $17.66The centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, the turkey, has declined in price this year. The AFBF estimates the cost of a 16-pound turkey at $17.66, or roughly $1.10 per pound. That’s a 6-cent decline per pound, or 99 cents a turkey, from last year.
2010 Cost: $8.16Milk, at $3.24 per gallon was a big contributor to the higher cost of this year’s meal with the price rising 38 cents from a year ago. The cost of other miscellaneous items also contributed significantly to the heightened cost. A half pint of cream will cost $1.70 this year, compared with $1.55 one year ago. The average cost of miscellaneous ingredients such as onions, eggs, sugar, flour, butter and coffee rose 72 cents to $3.22 from $2.50 from 2009.
2010 Cost: $2.64Some have remained relatively stable this year. A 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing will cost $2.64 in 2010, compared with $2.65 a year ago.
2010 Cost: $3.19There was a slight change to the upside for average cost of sweet potatoes. If you buy three pounds, they should cost about $3.19, up from $3.12 in 2009.
2010 Cost: $1.44Heap on the peas! There’s a decrease in the estimated cost of this veggie from 2009. One pound will cost about $1.44 this year, down from $1.58 in 2009, according to the AFBF.
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2010 Cost: $2.46What’s a turkey without cranberry sauce? No need to skip this side. Cranberry prices have remained the same from year to year, at about $2.46 for 1 pound.
2010 Cost: $0.77Give your guests something to munch on while the turkey is in the oven. The average cost of a relish tray of carrots and celery has risen 5 cents to 77 cents from 72 cents a year ago.
2010 Cost: $5.08Pumpkin pie will be a bigger splurge this year, with both the cost of the pie shell and the pumpkin pie mix rising from a year ago. Two pie shells will cost about $2.46, up 12 cents from last year, while a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix will ring up at about $2.62, or 17 cents more than it cost a year ago.