Despite the Covid-19 pandemic spurring shortages on grocery shelves and disrupting retailers’ supply chains, the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is down 4% this year.
The price of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people costs an average of $46.90 this year, down about $2 from the 2019 price of $48.91, as calculated by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Farm Bureau’s survey, now in its 35th year, is based on more than 230 cost surveys completed by shoppers in all 50 states. After adjusting for inflation, the Bureau finds the price of a Thanksgiving dinner is about $18.
The Bureau’s meal includes all the trimmings: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberry sauce and a veggie tray, as well as pumpkin pie with whipped cream and coffee for dessert.