File photo. Courtesy: The Lansing State Journal
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Shoppers will likely spend slightly more money this year putting Thanksgiving Day dinner on the table. On average, the cost to feed ten people is up about 30 cents from last year.
That is according to the American Farm Bureau, which says "the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.48, a 28-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.20." The small increase won't break the bank, especially for those who are not cooking for a huge crowd. But shoppers are noticing it's costing more to check out at the grocery stores.
"They are higher. They are higher. That is why we are here to see if there are any specials. They may have special prices the day before Thanksgiving but you don't want to be in the crowds," said Loretta Braden, who was getting some early shopping done at the Knapps Corner Meijer this Thursdays.
Of course, the big ticket item on the menu is the turkey. The American Farm Bureau says the price of a turkey is up 3% from a year ago. "A 16-pound turkey came in at $22.23 this year. That was roughly $1.39 per pound, an increase of about 4 cents per pound, or a total of 66 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2011."
However, with so many grocers competing for dollars, customers may be able to score a better price. Braden says the earlier you start shopping, the better your chances
"We are actually getting some of the things for our side dishes. And we will be back here, of course, next week. I plan to get in here like Tuesday or Wednesday to try to pick up the final things," she said.
The best news is the cost of some items will actually be down from last year. They include bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, milk, fresh cranberries pie shells, pumpkin pie mix and whipped cream.
A breakdown of the cost of Thanksgiving dinner from year to year can be found on the American Farm Bureau website