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Plan To Spend More This Thanksgiving

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From the oysters for the dressing to the turkeys for the table. All of it is essential when you’re cooking up a feast for Thanksgiving.

Shopper Zeb Gardener explains, “I have a turkey breast, a chicken, a duck and I’m going to wrap it all in bacon and cook it off.”

Whatever you choose to serve this Thursday plan to spend a bit more. The LSU AgCenter says Louisiana cooks shopping for Thanksgiving will find the costs of traditional dinner items up for the second year in a row. The largest contributor: the turkey.

This year turkey averages $1.38 a pound, that’s up 23-cents per pound adding several dollars to your tab.

Also costing more this year are frozen pie shells, fresh cranberries, pumpkin pie mix, frozen green peas, brown and serve rolls, whipping cream and oysters.

Most shoppers agree a great feast is worth a few extra bucks.

“It seems like stuff is pretty expensive, but got to have the good foods so,” says Gardener.

“$10 or $5 or more wouldn’t hurt nobody’s pocket, I hope,” says another shopper.

Economists say to beat the spike look for deals especially when it comes to the turkey. If you’re a fan of Rouses, this year they’re matching competing low prices. Another tip, frozen birds are cheaper than the fresh ones.

To read the LSU AgCenter Thanksgiving Food Basket Survey click here.

Historical data from the survey is also provided below.

Yearly Averages

National

Louisiana

2008 – $44.61

$41.30

2009 – $42.91

$37.52

2010 – $43.47

$40.68

2011 – $49.20

$39.10

2012– $49.48

$44.35

2013

$48.50

2011

2012

2013

Difference

2012-2013

16 lb. turkey

$13 .87

 $ 18.45

$22.19

$3.74

1 gal whole milk

 $4.43

$  4.54

$4.46

($0.08)

2- 9” pie shells (frozen)

$ 2.29

$  1.92

$2.02

$0.10

3 pounds sweet potatoes

$ 2.66

 $  2.86

$2.76

($0.10)

12 oz. fresh cranberries

$  2.50

 $  2.39

$2.55

$0.16

30 oz. pumpkin pie mix

$  2.92

 $  2.84

$3.05

$0.21

16 oz. frozen green peas

$  1.82

 $  1.50

$1.69

$0.19

12 oz. cubed stuffing mix

$  1.36

 $  2.15

$1.85

($0.30)

12 oz. brown and serve rolls

$  2.35

 $  2.22

$2.85

$0.63

8 oz. whipping cream

$  1.77

 $  1.62

$1.90

$0.28

Total

 $ 35.97

 $ 40.49

$45.32

$4.83

AFBF Miscellaneous items

$ 3.22

 $   3.86

$3.18

($0.68)

Grand Total

 $ 39.19

 $ 44.35

$48.50

$4.15

 

 

 

 

9.35% increase