Thanksgiving dinner increased in cost by less than 1 percent in 2012, according to an informal cost survey done by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
AFBF has been doing the survey since 1986, using volunteer shoppers to gather data in 35 states about average costs for classic items including turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie. This year’s cost for a family of 10 came to $49.48, a 28-cent price increase from last year’s average of $49.20.
Though the Thanksgiving survey is unscientific, the slight percentage increase in the national average cost tracks closely with AFBF’s quarterly food price surveys and the government’s Consumer Price Index for food.
More on the survey is at http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.news&year=2012&file=nr1108.html.