Less than $50 to feed your family for Thanksgiving?

Posted at 3:52 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 17:52:58-05

COLORADO – The average cost of a family-size Thanksgiving dinner is down about 1% compared to last year for a total of $48.90 to feed a ten people, according to American Farm Bureau Federation.

While their data for 2018 doesn’t account for that one family member who eats like they are going into hibernation, it does include all of the trimmings.

That average price covers turkey and stuffing, rolls, sweet potatoes, green peas, fresh cranberries, carrot and celery veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and milk and coffee.

A little bit of math tells you that’s less than $5 a person.  

American Farm Bureau says the cost of a 16-pound turkey, used for their figures, is down to $21.71.

The study conducted every year shows way back in 1989 the average cost of this size of dinner was just under $25.

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