By Ann Bagel Storck for Meatingplace.com
The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner has dropped 4 percent nationally this year compared with last year, according to the American Farm Bureau.
The Farm Bureau reports that the shopping list for a family of 10 for a classic Thanksgiving dinner includes bread stuffing, turkey, buttered rolls, peas, cranberries, sweet potatoes, carrot and celery tray, milk and coffee beverages and pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream. The average cost of the meal this year is $42.91, compared with $44.61 last year.
A 16-pound turkey will cost roughly 44 cents less this year than last. When compared to the overall decrease in traditional Thanksgiving dinner costs, milk posted the biggest cost reduction, with a 92-cent drop in retail price.