Thanksgiving will cost a little more in New York state than the national average, according to the 2020 Market Basket Survey.
This average total price of a Thanksgiving dinner in New York, which includes a 16-pound turkey and other common items found on a holiday dinner table, is $49.23 — a $2.86 increase over last year.
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual survey shows the average cost of Thanksgiving for 10 people is $48.91, or less than $5 per person. That’s a 1-cent increase from last year’s average of $48.90.
Turkey prices are about $1.41 per pound in New York, which is about an 11% increase over last year’s average price in the informal survey. Prices found by volunteer shoppers ranged from 68 cents a pound to $1.69 a pound. This price is above the national average of $1.21 a pound.
The state’s numbers revealed price increases in several categories, including for a gallon of whole milk, Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix, fresh cranberries and a 14-ounce package of cubed stuffing. Some ingredients saw decreases, including whipped cream and a carrot-celery veggie tray.
This year’s survey also includes a more notable increase for an expanded menu that includes a 4-pound ham, 5-pound bag of russet potatoes and a package of frozen green beans. When those prices are included, the total meal price jumps to $64.31, more than $4 over last year’s number.
The state’s volunteer shoppers sampled prices at 14 different supermarkets throughout the state, trying to get the best prices available, but they did not use promotional coupons or special deals such as “buy one, get one free.” They also were encouraged to use online shopping to gather prices because of the pandemic.
The shopping list includes 15 common Thanksgiving food items ranging from turkey and rolls to stuffing and celery to pumpkin pie mix, enough to feed 10 people around the dinner table. An average for miscellaneous ingredients, like flour and butter, also is included. The 2020 Thanksgiving survey displayed considerable price variation across the state.