Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving dinner costs

The Farm Bureau in my home state totaled up the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 this year. The shoppers put together a menu using the lowest regular price, no coupons or sales.
The result: $45.79

Here's the lineup:

Turkey (16 lb.) $20.48
Stuffing (14 oz.) $2.48
Pumpkin pie filling mix (30 oz. can) $2.72
Pie shell, 9 in. (2 per pkg.) $2.45
Sweet potatoes (3 lb.) $2.97
Rolls (12 oz./12 per pkg.) $2.12
Peas (16 oz. pkg.) $1.51
Relish tray (1 lb. mixed carrots, celery) $0.88
Whole milk (gal.) $2.83
Cranberries (fresh, 12 oz. pkg.) $2.32
Whipping cream (½ pint) $1.82
Misc. ingredients (AFBF estimate) $ $3.22
TOTAL $45.79

I can't resist. Let's see what happens when I shop the sales:

Turkey (16 lbs @ 57 cents a pound at Kroger). $9.12
Stuffing (2 5-6 oz boxes at Meijer) $1.98
2 Frozen pumpkin pies at Kroger (all right, I'm cheating) $5
Sweet potatoes (3 lbs @25 cents a pound at Meijer). 75 cents
Rolls (Marsh) 99 cents
Peas (12 oz at Kroger). 88 cents
Relish tray (at Aldi, celery, 79 cents; carrots 69 cents). $1.48
1% milk (1 gal at Costco). $1.79
Whipping cream (16 oz at Kroger). $1.99
Cranberries (12 oz at Meijer). $1.50
Misc. ingredients (I'll go with the bureau on this one) $3.22

Grand total: 28.70

Not bad, and I suspect a few coupons could knock the total down even more.

Obviously, your mileage may vary depending on where you shop and what kinds of foods have to be on your holiday table. But hey, that extra $17 can go toward your Black Friday shopping!

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