Cost of Turkey & the Trimmings


 It’s a busy day for local supermarkets. A lot of folks still have shopping to do for their Thanksgiving meal.

So how much will dinner with all the trimmings cost? According to the American Farm Bureau, the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is at a five year low. And it’s all because of one item.

Turkey is on almost everyone’s menu, and this year, prices are down. “So you can leave here with a 20 pound turkey for under $10,” said Trent Reeves, Meijer Store Director. 

Meijer in Terre Haute is selling turkey for 48 cents a pound. Prices will vary, depending on where you shop, but you don’t have to worry about supply. There’s plenty to go around.

“We’re going to sell over 710,000 turkeys this year for Meijer, the Meijer company,” said Reeves.

The bird is just the beginning of any Thanksgiving feast. Don’t forget the other items like sweet potatoes, rolls and pumpkin pie. The Farm Bureau estimates you can feed ten people for around $50.

And while it’s efficient to purchase everything with one trip to the supermarket, there’s a good chance something will be forgotten.

“You’re looking at usually the cream cheese for all your baking needs, and so on and so forth. You’ve got celery, sweet potatoes, cream of mushroom is always a last minute item as well,” said Reeves.

Turkey growers and retailers prepare well in advance for the holiday.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are between 500 to 600 million pounds of turkey in cold storage before Thanksgiving. That’s about two pounds for every man, woman and child in the country.

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