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Thanksgiving Meal in Wisconsin to Cost About $48.88
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/09/2012

There's a little bit of news to be thankful for as the holidays draw near. According to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, a traditional holiday meal for a family of ten will cost around $48.88 this Thanksgiving--which is down $1.29 from last year's average. The annual survey had been inching higher for each of the past 10 years, with the exception of 2009 when lower dairy and onion prices brought the average down.

The Madison-based farm group conducted its survey of 12-food-items of the traditional Thanksgiving meal in 31 communities across Wisconsin. Farm Bureau Spokesman Casey Langan says the price of turkey, which will average $22.72, didn't come down from last year. But other main items like whipping cream, rolls, sweet potatoes, green peas, pie shells and carrots and celery did show some savings.

"When that total is divided by 10, it shows that the cost to prepare a nutritious, home-cooked Thanksgiving meal is $4.88. That's still a bargain no matter which way you slice the turkey," Langan said. "Basically a wholesome family feast remains a better deal than a trip through the drive-thru."

There were a few other items that rang up more expensive in Wisconsin than the national average this year, such as cube stuffing, whole milk, fresh cranberries and pumpkin pie mix.

Meanwhile, the American Farm Bureau also released its nation-wide Thanksgiving meal summary. That survey indicated that the same 12 items will cost at average of 49.48, which is 28-cents more than last year.

The USDA says Americans will spend approximately 10 percent of their disposable annual income on food this year, which is the lowest average in the world. The Farm Bureau says the farmer's share of this year's Thanksgiving meal would be around $7.82.

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