If you still need to pick up a turkey and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving next week, you're going to pay a lot more than last year. For the first time, it's going to cost more than 40 dollars to set the table this Thanksgiving. The price has jumped more than 4 dollars since last year. Two decades ago, the cost of dinner was just over twenty dollars. So what's behind the price surge? News 8 went to the supermarket to check it out.
They're filling the freezers five times a day with frozen turkeys here at Tops. Meanwhile, at the other end of the store, workers are stocking the shelves with canned corn. In fact all the trimmings are out - on display and on sale - perhaps on its way to a table near you. But you may be paying a little more this year.
Anna Harness says she is going out for Turkey Day dinner - but likes to make a little extra for her family. Anna's concern that prices are going up is well documented.
According to the American Farm Bureau - your average Thanksgiving dinner will cost you.. $42.26. That’s up 11% from last year. The biggest reason for the increase? You guessed it - turkey prices are soaring. The national average price for a 16 pound bird is $17.63. That's up 12 percent. And that increase is partly due to rising energy costs.
“Paying over three dollars for a gallon of milk. I have a family of big milk drinkers,” says Harness.
The best advice if you're shopping for Thanksgiving Day goodies is simply - do your homework and find good deals.