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2009 Thanksgiving Dinner Will Be Cheaper

by Minority Fortune

The average price of Thanksgiving grocery items will cost less this year. It’s good news considering that many families are in a money crunch. The Street reports that the average price of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner has fallen by an estimated 4%. However, this decrease isn’t reflected in premium grocery stores like Whole Foods or restaurants.

It will be comforting to many to know that the food items that they are seeking will remain affordable for this Thanksgiving. The holidays are a busy time of year, and it usually reflects in your wallet. Therefore, it is considered wise to be mindful of your spending. Luckily, the prices of goods will make it easier.

Price changes reported by The Street

According to the survey, the cost of a 16-pound turkey, at $18.65 or $1.16 a pound, reflects a decrease of 3 cents a pound, a total of 44 cents per turkey.

Milk, at $2.86 per gallon, dropped 92 cents and was the largest contributor to the overall decrease in the cost of the 2009 Thanksgiving dinner.

Other items showing a price decrease this year were: a half pint of whipping cream, $1.55; a dozen brown-and-serve rolls, $2.08; a 1-pound relish tray of carrots and celery, 72 cents; and a 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries, $2.41. A combined group of miscellaneous items, including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (onions, eggs, sugar, flour, evaporated milk and butter) also dropped in price, to $2.50.

Items that increased slightly (less than 5%) in price this year were: a 14-oz. package of cubed bread stuffing, $2.65; two 9-inch pie shells, $2.34; and a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix, $2.45.

Two items, green peas and sweet potatoes, stayed the same in price at $1.58 for one pound and $3.12 for three pounds, respectively.

We are a devout fan of the Trader Joe’s grocery chains, as they feature quality produce at competitive prices. It’s a haven for great grocery deals.

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