Thanksgiving Dinner Will Cost You More This Year

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The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has gone up, but not by an arm and a leg. Find out what ingredients you'll be paying more for this year.

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The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) conducted its annual survey and found the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is $49.41 this year. This price includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipping cream, coffee and milk, with plenty of leftovers.

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It's a 37 cent increase from last year's average cost of $49.04. The price of Thanksgiving dinner has stayed around $49 since 2011.

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The AFBF saw the biggest price jumps from sweet potatoes, dairy products and pumpkin pie mix.

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Despite lower turkey production and higher wholesale prices, customers should still be able to get a good deal on turkey at the grocery store. The survey found a 16-pound bird costs around $21.65, an 11 cent decrease per whole bird from last year.

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In addition, prices for bread stuffing, fresh cranberries, pie shells and dinner rolls had modest declines this year.

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You'll be paying more for Thanksgiving dinner this year, but not by that much.

The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people will be $49.41, up 37 cents from last year's average cost of $49.04, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

For this year's survey, the AFBF sent 179 volunteers in 35 states to grocery stores to check the prices of ingredients. Shoppers were instructed to find the best prices but not include special deals or promotions. This price for dinner includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie, coffee and milk, with plenty of leftovers.

"We are blessed to be able to provide a special holiday meal for 10 people for about $5 per serving, less than the cost of most fast-food meals," said AFBF Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson.

Check out the slideshow above to learn which ingredients had the biggest price jumps.

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