Thanksgiving dinner a little pricier.
Despite overall lower farm commodity prices, the cost of the
traditional Thanksgiving Day meal will cost Americans slightly more this
year. Even with the increase, however, the annual holiday meal continues
to be affordable, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The group's annual survey of the price of basic items on
Americans' Thanksgiving tables shows an average cost of this
year's holiday meal for 10 at $33.83, a modest 74-cent increase
from last year's $33.09. Of the items on the survey, nine increased
in price. A 16-pound turkey represents the largest increase, jumping 52
cents to $14.23, or 89 cents per pound. That breaks down to a 3-cent
increase per pound. The increase in turkey prices is attributed, in
part, to Hurricane Floyd, which devastated North Carolina, the
nation's largest turkey-producing state.