Perhaps that turkey sandwich and other leftovers from your traditional Thanksgiving meal tastes a little better today knowing that the cost of the feast was essentially unchanged from a year ago.
The American Farm Bureau Federation's annual holiday food price survey shows the average cost of feeding 10 people in Alabama at Thanksgiving was $49.48, up just 28 cents — or less than 1 percent — from last November.
The informal price survey shopping list included turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk.
"A Thanksgiving meal is still a great deal for less than $5 per person," said Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Committee Director Kim Ramsey. "We are extremely grateful for the hardworking farmers of our country who are committed to growing healthy, affordable food."
At $22.23, a 16-pound turkey makes up the largest portion of the total cost of the meal. Since 2011, the price increased 4 cents per pound. Other items showed an increase in price were coffee, onions, eggs, sugar, flour, evaporated milk, butter and brown-n-serve rolls.
A number of Thanksgiving dinner staples showed a decrease in price over 2011. Whipping cream, cubed bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, whole milk, fresh cranberries, green peas, pumpkin pie mix and pie shells cost anywhere from 2 to 13 cents less than a year ago.