Promotions director Diane Olson has been calculating the prices of Thanksgiving dinners for the Missouri Farm Bureau since 1986. The ingredients haven’t changed–a 16-pound turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, a pumpkin pie with whipped cream, a relish tray—and you can’t forget cranberries and coffee, milk, and tea.
That dinner is $3.26 cheaper this year than last year, most of it because that turkey will be $2.88 cheaper. She says frozen turkeys are in plentiful supply. But she says it’s important not to wait very long to buy one of those birds.
Olson calculates the dinner would cost $48.61 this year, less than five dollars per person for that ten-person feast. That’s not counting leftovers. Depending on how many days you can stand turkey hash, turkey stew, turkey sandwiches….well, you get the idea….the per-meal price could be even cheaper.