COLUMBUS, Ohio — The stores will likely be a little busy if you're heading out this weekend. Our Consumer 10 team is preparing you for what to expect regarding prices at the grocery store.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is just under $65 this year, which divides out to $6.50 per person. This is up nearly 20% from 2021.
Popular items like turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pie crust are more expensive this year.
Here’s a look at some individual price breakdowns, per USDA Agricultural Marketing Service data:
- 16-pound turkey: $28.96 or $1.81 per pound (up 21%)
- 14-ounce bag of cubed stuffing mix: $3.88 (up 69%)
- 2 frozen pie crusts: $3.68 (up 26%)
- Half pint of whipping cream: $2.24 (up 26%)
- 1 pound of frozen peas: $1.90 (up 23%)
- 1 dozen dinner rolls: $3.73 (up 22%)
- Misc. ingredients to prepare the meal: $4.13 (up 20%)
- 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix: $4.28 (up 18%)
- 1 gallon of whole milk: $3.84 (up 16%)
- 3 pounds of sweet potatoes: $3.96 (up 11%)
- 1-pound veggie tray (carrots & celery): 88 cents (up 8%)
- 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries: $2.57 (down 14%)
Despite many items being more expensive this year, there is some good news for last-minute shoppers regarding turkeys. According to the USDA, the average per-pound feature price for whole frozen turkeys has actually been decreasing since the beginning of this month. So if you've put off buying a turkey it might actually be a good thing.