From Study Finds:
Mac and cheese may be off the menu this Thanksgiving, especially if you’re shopping on a budget. A new poll examined the impact of inflation on the dishes that traditionally fill America’s Thanksgiving feasts — finding that turkey, mac & cheese, and sweet potato casserole have seen their prices skyrocket the most over the last 20 years.
Overall, the survey, commissioned by CouponFollow, found that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is now 64 percent higher than it was in 2002. On average, Americans are spending $251 on their Thanksgiving feast this year. If you’re looking at the cost of the ingredients alone, shoppers have to pay nearly $88 to get everything they need for dinner. This grocery list includes the turkey, mac & cheese, potato casserole, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, bread, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie. [SD health/weight watch: go with turkey more than mac-and-cheese.]