Thanksgiving dinner costs less this year in Wisconsin

Posted at 10:47 PM, Nov 20, 2016
MADISON – The cost for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner has reached a six-year low, according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s annual informal survey.
The survey found that this year's average cost for a Thanksgiving meal in Wisconsin was $47.91, $2.17 lower than it was last year. 
A similar survey found the national average price for a Thanksgiving meal was $1.96 higher than it would be in Wisconsin. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s nationwide survey averaged $49.87.
Wisconsin’s average price for a 16-pound turkey was also down $1.44 compared to the last two years. 
“From the turkey to potatoes, cranberries and milk, Wisconsin farmers are proud to produce much of the food served at a traditional Thanksgiving celebration,” said Amy Eckelberg Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s spokesperson. “This survey truly shows the stability of our food prices. While this doesn’t depict what’s on everyone’s table on Thanksgiving Day, it allows us to look at food trends as a whole.”
Wisconsin’s Thanksgiving price survey is an informal, annual review of food price trends in relation to changing farm prices, weather and wholesale and retail food marketing. Members of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau collected price samples of 12 Thanksgiving food items in 25 communities in October and November.
Looking to create a budget for this year's dinner? Listed below are the Wisconsin's average prices of common items served at Thanksgiving dinner....
  • Turkey, 16 lbs. - $21.92                            
  • Milk, 1 gallon whole - $3.18                  
  • Cream, half pint  - $1.75                     
  • Rolls, 12 - $1.96                                   
  • Relish tray (1 lb. carrots/celery) - $0.69   
  • Fresh cranberries, 12 oz. - $2.37            
  • Pumpkin pie mix, 30 oz. - $3.20           
  • Pie shells (2) - $2.40                             
  • Cube stuffing, 14 oz. - $2.89                  
  • Sweet potatoes, 3 lbs.  - $3.30              
  • Green peas, 1 lb. - $1.44                      
  • Miscellaneous ingredients  - $2.81  
    •  TOTAL - $47.91