The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual informal survey of a basket of items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table for 10 cost $48.90, a 22-cent decrease from the same basket in 2017.
The survey results were released Thursday.
The turkey cost slightly less than last year, at $21.71 for a 16-pound bird, the lowest since 2014.
The survey basket includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk to serve 10 with plenty for leftovers.
Foods showing the largest decreases are a gallon of milk, $2.92; a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes, $3.39; a 1-pound bag of green peas, $1.47; and a dozen rolls, $2.25.
Prices increased for cranberries, pumpkin pie mix and stuffing. There was no change in price for a half-pint of whipping cream at $2.08.
New this year, the American Farm Bureau checked prices on a 4-pound bone-in ham, 5 pounds of Russet potatoes and 1 pound of frozen green beans. Those items upped the basket total to $61.72.
The survey was conducted by 166 volunteer shoppers, who checked prices at grocery stores in 37 states. Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey.
Farm Bureau also surveyed the price of a traditional Thanksgiving meal available from popular food delivery services. A 16-pound turkey cost nearly $2 per pound and nearly every other item was more expensive compared to the Farm Bureau average. The total was about 60 percent higher at about $8 per person.