RALEIGH – An annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation says the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner has decreased for the first time in three years.
According to the survey, customers can expect to pay about $49.04 for a meal feeding 10 people. The survey shopping list includes bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, carrots, celery, pumpkin pie, whipped cream, coffee, milk and turkey.
Stores are already stuffed with early-bird customers shopping for Thanksgiving, and this year is particularly busy.
"Starting about Friday, it's been a lot busier than normal,” said Stephanie Hill, a Target senior team leader.
One reason is the lower costs, which has customers like Becky Ponziano feeling thankful.
"I am able to buy more of what I want and not have to worry about it is much,” she said.
Even with cheaper prices, customers are still looking to trim costs.
"I've just been looking through the sales fliers, trying to get ahead and just walking through the aisles and seeing what is on sale,” said Ponziano.
Hill says the discounts are a good thing.
"More people can afford it,” she said.
When the American Farm Bureau Federation began the survey in 1986, a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 cost $28.74.