The Cost of a Thanksgiving Meal

By Max Resnik

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The Indiana Farm Bureau says the cost of a Thanksgiving meal will increase by nearly $2 in 2012.

The cost of nearly $51 for the meal, up from about $49 in 2011, is based on a dozen Thanksgiving staples including stuffing, pumpkin pie, potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries and of course Turkey, which is the catalyst for the rise in meal price.

IBF says the average cost of a 16-pound turkey will increase by close to $2.

Scott Hoffman, store director for the Lima Road Meijer location, says the drought played a role in the higher turkey prices.

"The drought was tough on the turkey pricing this year and so the national average of turkeys is going up, but Meijer again this year is going to be very aggressive on turkey pricing."

While the Thanksgiving rush has not begun quite yet, Turkey Day products are out at area grocery stores and Hoffman says families are already coming in and stocking up on some of the non-perishable necessities for Thanksgiving.

"They definitely are looking at some of the non-perishable goods for the holidays, but we're really going to see the Turkey shopping increase very soon," Hoffman says.

The station took its own Thanksgiving meal list, standard by most accounts, to the Lima Road Meijer to gauge the cost for the average viewer.

On the list:

20-pound turkey
Mashed Potatoes
Ingredients for green bean casserole
Dinner rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Whipped topping

The bill came to $59.02 with many of the store brand products.

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