What Is The Average Cost Of A Thanksgiving Dinner?

The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates that 10 people can be fed turkey and all the trimmings for under $50. How did your feast compare?


Throwing a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people with turkey and all the trimmings cost an average of $49.48 this year, up 28 cents over last year, according to a survey by American Farm Bureau Federation.

“At just under $5 per person, the cost of this year’s meal remains a bargain,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas.

This is the 27th year that this farm lobby group has estimated the average cost of serving a 10-person dinner. Its shopping list includes:

  1. turkey
  2. bread stuffing
  3. sweet potatoes
  4. rolls with butter
  5. peas
  6. cranberries
  7. a relish tray of carrots and celery
  8. pumpkin pie with whipped cream
  9. beverages of coffee and milk
  10. in quantities to serve 10 with "plenty of leftovers"

How times have changed. When the Bureau did the first such survey in 1986, the average meal cost $28.74.

How much did your feast cost? What accounted for the difference between your costs and the average? Seeing is believing. Upload a picture of your table.

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x November 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
That sounds about right if you're Thanksgiving company are all rail thin. http://www.skinnygossip.com/pictures/Karl-Lagerfeld-and-Models-Thanksgiving.png I'd like to see that same survey with your more excited it's Thanksgiving "American" average sized peeps. My guess is it would be closer to $10-12 per head with only the same options listed above, and definitely NO leftovers. http://www.campussqueeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/fatman.jpg I'll chime in again later when I add up everything everyone else has brought to dinner with them and let you know how "we" did. Seeing how every house I've ever been in over does it with options and the "All The Trimmings" listed above are only about a 1/4 of it ... it won't really compare for a totally fair comparison. Maybe I'll list the items as well. I know for starters there will be a full veg tray, cheese/meat tray, olives, cookies, beer, wine, soda, corn, green beans, additional pie option(s), and you can't forget gravy for dipping everything/anything in (not listed above).
Tom Abate November 22, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Yes, it did seem that this was a fine but frugal feast. No alcoholic beverages. No beverages at all. Multiple pies/ desserts are common. And what of those spiral hams? Surely those additions would explode the average. But that begs the question: how much is enough?
x November 22, 2012 at 08:30 PM
This was one bite to many ... http://cdn01.dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/cute-kitten-sleeping-in-food-e1352791069354.jpg
x November 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
As long as there will be left overs, just in case extra hungry people stop by unannounced, that's enough. Let's not forget, you can't deny yourself a scrumptious turkey sammy (also loaded with all the fixins) the next day. So you sort of have to over do it a little if you plan ahead to have guaranteed leftovers. Over doing it with a billion options just seems to be what happens in my family. Christmas Eve is usually just as bad.
Tom Abate November 22, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Nathan, in the past I have felt like that cat looks. I wore my jeans today. They are tight. I hope that will serve as a reminder of when to stop :)


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