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Farm Bureau Federation: Thanksgiving dinner cheaper this year


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin grocery shoppers can be thankful, even before they bring their Thanksgiving turkey home from the store.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says the cost of a traditional holiday dinner is 2.6 percent less than a year ago – thanks mainly to a drop in the price of the turkey.

The Farm Bureau says it will cost just under $49 to feed 10 people on Thanksgiving. That’s $1.29 less than last year. And the Wisconsin dinner will cost about 60 cents less than the national average.

The Farm Bureau’s Casey Langan calls it a tremendous bargain. He says the complete dinner costs less than $5 a person – cheaper than the drive-thru.

A 16-pound turkey will average about $22.72 this year – 48 cents less than in 2011. And Langan says last-minute shoppers will normally get even bigger discounts.

Sweet potatoes are also cheaper along with peas, rolls, carrots, celery, pie shells, and whipped cream. Cranberries will cost more along with stuffing, milk, and pumpkin pie mix.

Langan says there’s been a strong worldwide demand for U.S. turkeys, but the farmers who raise them still only get about 15 percent of the total share.