Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Highest In 37 Years In Minnesota, South Dakota This Year
Just like everything else these days, the cost of your Thanksgiving dinner is set to be way more expensive this year, with costs shooting up to levels we haven't seen in nearly 40 years!
That's the word from the Farm Bureau's (FB) annual Thanksgiving Dinner survey. They found that prices for just about every ingredient in a typical Thanksgiving Day feast are more expensive this year, increasing the total cost by 20% compared to last year, the highest amount in 37 years. (That'd be 1985, btw!)
The annual FB survey tracks and tallies up the cost for the following items: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.
And, thanks to inflation, supply chain issues, and the bird flu, FB's survey this year found that the price for all those Thanksgiving items came in at $64.05 here in 2022, up from $53.31 in 2021.
There was a bit of a silver lining: the cost of cranberries is actually down this year, while the cost of having an adult beverage or two is still up, but way less than the 20% total.
The FB survey noted that an average 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries is $2.57, down 14% from last year. And Axios Twin Cities reported that the cost of alcoholic beverages were up-- but at a much more reasonable 3% across much of Minnesota in September.
Despite those increasing costs this year, many of us will STILL be getting together with family and friends this year. And there are 11 Things You'll Only Hear at a Thanksgiving Celebration in Minnesota. Keep scrolling to see how many YOU recognize!