Average Thanksgiving meal cost down for third year


Many Americans look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday but are afraid of what the annual feast may cost. LSU AgCenter nutrition agent Claire Zak said fear no more because the cost of Thanksgiving dinner has gone down again this year.

According to the American Farm Bureau, the cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year for 10 people is $48.90, a 22-cent decrease from last year’s national average.

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Zak conducted a survey of the price of Thanksgiving dinner in Baton Rouge. She found the total cost of dinner in Louisiana came out to $45.11, or about $4.51 per person.

“That is $3.79 lower than the national average and a 55-cent decrease from the state average in 2017,” Zak said.

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The biggest contributor to the downward shift in prices is the turkey. The Farm Bureau survey found turkey prices at $1.36 a pound, down 3 percent from last year.

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