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Thanksgiving Meal Cost Creeps Up

By: Sally Kaucher/Wayne Powell
Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012

You will pay a bit more for your Thanksgiving feast this year. 

The Missouri Farm Bureau says the annual Marketbasket Survey shows higher prices for the items needed to prepare a meal for 10 people.  The cost of a 16-pound turkey with stuffing, rolls and butter, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and peas, carrots and celery, milk and coffee is $51.87, or $4.46 higher than last year.

The biggest increase is in turkey prices, at $1.46 per pound, compared to $1.21 last year.  Dairy items are higher as well.  The survey found lower prices for pumpkin pie mix, sweet potatoes, stuffing and cranberries.

Arkansas families will have it a little easier than their neighbors to the north will.  They will pay $45.12 for the same meal.  Last year for the same meal, they paid $45.11, which is only one penny higher.

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