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   It's time for the annual analysis showing the rising cost of Thanksgiving dinner. With nifty price chart goodness

19 Nov 2012 11:55 AM   |   7970 clicks   |   Scranton Times-Tribune
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dahmers love zombie    [TotalFark]  
Where the hell do they go to get that list? 7/11? Turkey at my local store is 59 cents a pound. $11.80 for 20 lbs.. Right there we've lopped off over ten bucks. Being that the majority of the other things went down in price, I'd say that if you shop wisely, you could see a decrease of at least 15% compared to the prices last year, and maybe significantly more than that. I guess that farks up their narrative of "OMG EVERYTHING GETS MORE EXPENSIVE EVERY YEAR!"

19 Nov 2012 09:55 AM
jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  
I, too, paid 59 cents a pound for our turkey.

19 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
xanadian    [TotalFark]  
So, about the same as the rise in inflation.

QUICK! SOMEONE CALL RIC ROMERO!!

19 Nov 2012 11:33 AM
cgraves67     
The article needs more pumpkin pie charts.

19 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
Bit'O'Gristle     
I hunt our turkey, so it's the price of gas to get to the woods, and one shotgun shell. Prolly works out to about 4 dollars. Make our own stuffing, so thats cheaper than buying premade, and our own pies.

19 Nov 2012 11:59 AM
12349876     
I'm paying 12.99 for the Golden Corral Thanksgiving buffet.

/not really

19 Nov 2012 12:00 PM
Skarekrough     
Aren't we getting to the time where we see that stupid "Cost Of Christmas" analysis with the "12 Days Of" being used as the baseline comparison?

Christ....that gets stupider every year.

19 Nov 2012 12:04 PM
Bit'O'Gristle     

12349876: I'm paying 12.99 for the Golden Corral Thanksgiving buffet.

/not really


that would be very sad.
no..you cant come over.

19 Nov 2012 12:04 PM
LabGrrl     
That's weird. I've never paid more than $0.48/pound at Wegmans for a turkey...what turkey were they paying $23 for??
...And the freezer is full of them.

19 Nov 2012 12:06 PM
kmwheel     
At Meijer, you spend $20 on anything (easy) and get $10 off a hen or $17 off a tom. We got two baskets and got two 12 lb. turkeys for $5ish each...and I'm not even hosting Thanksgiving this year. I just love turkey, and it's darn cheap to make for a big family. Aldi has just about anything else you could need for a traditional meal. Now buying a standing rib roast, that will kill you!

19 Nov 2012 12:07 PM
robohobo     
I order our turkey from a local butcher. 25 pounds smoked was 98.50.

/cannot wait...

19 Nov 2012 12:08 PM
Giltric     
Is that adjusted for 1621 dollars?

19 Nov 2012 12:09 PM
Super Chronic     
Price charts? No, Thanksgiving is the season for pie charts.

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19 Nov 2012 12:09 PM
Englebert Slaptyback     

the rising cost of Thanksgiving dinner.


Someone should send them the link to Costco-boxed-frozen-Thanksgiving-dinne r discussion one thread down. Minds could be blown.


Unlikely yet still theoretically possible.

19 Nov 2012 12:09 PM
Giltric     

kmwheel: At Meijer, you spend $20 on anything (easy) and get $10 off a hen or $17 off a tom. We got two baskets and got two 12 lb. turkeys for $5ish each...and I'm not even hosting Thanksgiving this year. I just love turkey, and it's darn cheap to make for a big family. Aldi has just about anything else you could need for a traditional meal. Now buying a standing rib roast, that will kill you!


Just bought a standing rib roast for 5.99 a pound......so im getting a kick.

19 Nov 2012 12:11 PM
Overused Expression     
FTFA: If you are the type of person who desperately wants to host Thanksgiving in your own home but doesn't want to/doesn't know how to cook and also somewhat dislikes the people you're inviting over, this box is for you

Awesome summary. I want to just buy a few doses of the green beans to send to a few people I've hated over the years...

19 Nov 2012 12:11 PM
max_pooper     

jaylectricity: I, too, paid 59 cents a pound for our turkey.


I'm not hosting Thanksgiving but I couldn't pass up $.59/lb at my local grocery store. With the required aromatics and herbs the total cost for my 13 pounder is around $20. It;ll put a couple months worth of delicious sandwich material in my freezer, not to mention plenty of delicious stock.

19 Nov 2012 12:12 PM
12349876     

Bit'O'Gristle: 12349876: I'm paying 12.99 for the Golden Corral Thanksgiving buffet.

/not really

that would be very sad.
no..you cant come over.


I'd stay home by myself before doing that, but I've got a place to go on Thanksgiving. Maybe you've missed the TV commercial, but I can't help but laugh at it.

19 Nov 2012 12:14 PM
Smeggy Smurf     
I got my turkey for free because I spent a couple hundred on other groceries at WinCo Foods.

19 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
Giltric     

Smeggy Smurf: I got my turkey for free because I spent a couple hundred on other groceries at WinCo Foods.


All i got from my grocery store for spending rhousands of dollars there was a coupon for .60 cents off a gallon of fuel....and they dont even sell diesel.

19 Nov 2012 12:22 PM
Loadmaster     
If you ignore the cost of the turkey, which is half of the total, the adjusted totals are $32.80 (2011) and $28.84 (2012), a net decrease of $3.96, or -13.8%.

In other words, prices for everything except turkey have dropped by 1/7.

19 Nov 2012 12:22 PM
Igor Jakovsky     
I also came into the thread to ask where the writer was paying almost $30 for a turkey. .79 a pound would be expensive here.

19 Nov 2012 12:25 PM
Alassra     
Turkey was free due to $$$ spent at store
celery WAS .99 a bunch
I make fresh cranberry sauce
Potatoes were way cheaper than listed
Onions were too
I make homemade stuffings - one with bacon/ mushroom the other with apple/ham so a bit more expensive
butter and milk were cheaper
I had a coupon for the pumpkin to make pie so that was cheaper
hmmmm.....

19 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
farm machine     
Interesting, the only name brand mentioned on the list was the Butterball turkey. I'm sure this article wasn't sponsored. Nope, couldn't be.

19 Nov 2012 12:30 PM
Aikidogamer     

dahmers love zombie: Where the hell do they go to get that list? 7/11? Turkey at my local store is 59 cents a pound. $11.80 for 20 lbs.. Right there we've lopped off over ten bucks. Being that the majority of the other things went down in price, I'd say that if you shop wisely, you could see a decrease of at least 15% compared to the prices last year, and maybe significantly more than that. I guess that farks up their narrative of "OMG EVERYTHING GETS MORE EXPENSIVE EVERY YEAR!"


Came here to say this. My Turkey cost me about the same and it was 27 lbs. Farm turkey mmmmmmmmmmm.

19 Nov 2012 12:30 PM
ILostMyPassword     
My supermarket has 39 cent/pound turkey, I won't even be around for thanksgiving this year, but I bought a 14 pounder for $5 to throw in my freezer and I'll make it next month and then put half back in my freezer.

This person missed that they put everything on sale thanksgiving week. I buy sweet potatoes for 30 cents/pound too, a shame I can't freeze those for the whole year too because I love them.

19 Nov 2012 12:31 PM
Aikidogamer     

max_pooper: jaylectricity: I, too, paid 59 cents a pound for our turkey.

I'm not hosting Thanksgiving but I couldn't pass up $.59/lb at my local grocery store. With the required aromatics and herbs the total cost for my 13 pounder is around $20. It;ll put a couple months worth of delicious sandwich material in my freezer, not to mention plenty of delicious stock.


You are a genius. I could cook one Turkey a month and be able to eat paleo for cheap.

19 Nov 2012 12:34 PM
BWeed6     
$60 for a custom stuffed 10lb turducken - worth every penny!

19 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
danknerd     
Frozen Turkeys are cheap and nasty, fresh turkey is the only way and its more that $0.59/lb

19 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
jst3p     

kmwheel: At Meijer, you spend $20 on anything (easy) and get $10 off a hen or $17 off a tom. We got two baskets and got two 12 lb. turkeys for $5ish each...and I'm not even hosting Thanksgiving this year. I just love turkey, and it's darn cheap to make for a big family. Aldi has just about anything else you could need for a traditional meal. Now buying a standing rib roast, that will kill you!


This has usually been my experience. I was shocked last night when the advertised special last night was $1.79 a pound.

I can aford a $23 turkey but I think this is going to be tough on a lot of people in this area. No idea what changed at King Sooper this year...

19 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
Prevailing Wind    [TotalFark]  
Meal for 7

Venison braised in duck fat, raisins, and chives - Approximate cost - $4
Spinach sauteed with duck bacon and cranberries - $4
Fire spit Game hens stuffed with wild onions and kale -$18
Fire spit Bass - Free
Roasted Chestnuts - Free
Acorn Mash Cakes - Free
Toasted Corn with salt - $1
Corn cakes with dried strawberries, duck fat, and duck eggs - $4
Fire pit pumpkins with cranberries, honey, and duck bacon - $11



Cooking a Thanksgiving Meal with only ingredients and tools that were on hand for the original...$pain in the ass.


Rest of the duck went into Casulet and Duck skin crisps. Already ate it.

19 Nov 2012 12:46 PM
tallen702     
Who in their right mind uses red potatoes for thanksgiving? I call SHENS!!!!!

19 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
jst3p     

Prevailing Wind: Meal for 7

Venison braised in duck fat, raisins, and chives - Approximate cost - $4
Spinach sauteed with duck bacon and cranberries - $4
Fire spit Game hens stuffed with wild onions and kale -$18
Fire spit Bass - Free
Roasted Chestnuts - Free
Acorn Mash Cakes - Free
Toasted Corn with salt - $1
Corn cakes with dried strawberries, duck fat, and duck eggs - $4
Fire pit pumpkins with cranberries, honey, and duck bacon - $11



Cooking a Thanksgiving Meal with only ingredients and tools that were on hand for the original...$pain in the ass.


Rest of the duck went into Casulet and Duck skin crisps. Already ate it.


You really like duck fat.

19 Nov 2012 12:50 PM
WhippingBoy     
Beer: $150.00
Bourbon: $96.00

Am I missing anything?

19 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
Prevailing Wind    [TotalFark]  

jst3p: Prevailing Wind: Meal for 7



You really like duck fat.


No pigs. No olives. No cows. = No lard, no oil, no butter.

Duck fat was pretty much it for cooking fat that year. Its the only fat that you can actually know was there. Its possible they brought some olive oil with them, but its doubtful.

They did have rum though...which is nice. Probably going to add some of that to the pumkin.

19 Nov 2012 01:00 PM
someguy945     
Is there an actual person who cares? I feel like this perennial story is meant for some hypothetical person I've never met but could conceivably exist.

19 Nov 2012 01:04 PM
Shaggy0717     
where's the stuffing in this list? no stuffing, no thanksgiving...or any giving for that matter.

19 Nov 2012 01:06 PM
Celerian     
My employer provides all employees with a turkey every year. Everything else has gone down, and the things that have gone up are things I don't like, milk aside.

THANKSGIVING IS GETTING CHEAPER!

19 Nov 2012 01:06 PM
brantgoose    [TotalFark]  
The price of Thanksgiving dinner is up 3.5%!!! It's an outrage!!!! It's the War on Thanksgiving!!!!!. I blame Obama, and to a mucheater extent Martha Stewart, Michelle Obama and Oprah (if she hadn't eaten all those turkeys we'd have enough of them for Thanksgiving).

Of course, I am just assuming that Oprah ate all the turkeys. Maybe they drowned staring up at the rain. They're so stupid they do don't know enough to come in out of the rain, let alone to not stare up and wonder why the ceiling is leaking. They have to be taught to have sex, although at least one in ten is apparently born without a father due to a high rate of parthenogenesis. In other words, help is on the way from evolution. Be patient. Darwin will get around to fixing the stupidity-sex problem some time in the next ten million years.

Meanwhile, the cost of a bowl of rice, yams or corn meal is probably up about 95% in the Third World and people who spend more than 75%-95% of their income on staples ( the food kind) will be paying twice as much for their "Thanksgiving" dinner under the cardboard box that they call a roof.

Do they know its Thanksgiving? Probably not. But since they have absolutely nothing to be thankful for, apart from the fact that there is currently no tsunami or typhoon, I guess it doesn't really matter. God knows his own and expects gratitude only from them.

This public service message brought to you by the Canadian Organization to Spoil Thanksgiving for People That Insist on Holding It in November (COST PTIHINI!) Have the usual stressful, annoying, drunken Thanksgiving. Ha! Where's your God now? Nyah! Nyah! Nyah! Not handing out hot meals in Bangladesh, that's for sure!

(The hot meal programme in Bangladesh is called Meals on Pontoons (MOP). It's a much better acronym than COST PTIHINI!.)

19 Nov 2012 01:23 PM
DownDaRiver     
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From my usual grocery store
Just love how they want you to feel that you are special because you have their card

/got a fresh one for $.70lb at a turkey farm

19 Nov 2012 01:27 PM
blatz514    [TotalFark]  
Thanksgiving

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19 Nov 2012 01:27 PM
Earpj     
Yeah. I got our bird for 55 cents/lb today.
I also got a roast for $1/lb.

19 Nov 2012 01:31 PM
brantgoose    [TotalFark]  

Shaggy0717: where's the stuffing in this list? no stuffing, no thanksgiving...or any giving for that matter.


It's there under the celery and bread.

Clearly it is a bread stuffing, but they left out the onions, and personally, I like lots of onions because the inordinate amounts of spices, herbs and pepper I use when I make bread stuffing stick nicely to the onions.

Other good stuffings include rice stuffing (with "wild rice"--very expensive but worth it and you don't need much), sausage stuffing (for those who find a turkey is not a turkey unless it is stuffed with pork), and fancy stuffings, which may include apricots and all sorts of tom fool stuffing for the fool tom turkey.

Personally, I would sooner have a goose. Why not? November 11 is the traditional date for slaughtering the geese, so they're ready just in time for American Thanksgiving (a bit too early for Canadian Thanksgiving, but I don't care. What kind of Canadian doesn't celebrate both? One day for eating til you can't stand up, one day for Christmas shopping until you can't walk any more. Your pick.)

The thing I like best about Thanksgiving is the cranberry sauce (and the stuffing). It's usually on sale about that time, which since a single person can't use a whole can of it without a surfeit, is just as well. Freezing it in ice cube trays or tiny plastic boxes so you can have it year-round is a good solution. It freezes very well and you can thaw it in the microwave. You can make homemade microwave turkey dinners that are much nicer than most TV dinners if you save the trays or use pie plates.

19 Nov 2012 01:34 PM
max_pooper     

WhippingBoy: Beer: $150.00
Bourbon: $96.00

Am I missing anything?


Dude come on, it's a family holiday...

Case of Cold Duck: $55.00

19 Nov 2012 01:36 PM
jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  

WhippingBoy: Beer: $150.00
Bourbon: $96.00

Am I missing anything?


Some gin for the ladies.

19 Nov 2012 01:38 PM
sodomizer     
The more entitlements we have, the more prices go up!

Imagine that.

19 Nov 2012 01:42 PM
MBZ321     
Just got a 19 lb. turkey for free last night from the local ShopRite.
Originally, I needed to spend $400 for the "free" turkey, but Hurricane Sandy made the company lower the level to $300 (what it was last year), since many of their stores in NJ were damaged from the storm and people couldn't shop.

\Never spends $400 at one particular grocery store.
\Thankful for hurricanes?

19 Nov 2012 01:44 PM
amindtat     

Bit'O'Gristle: I hunt our turkey, so it's the price of gas to get to the woods, and one shotgun shell. Prolly works out to about 4 dollars. Make our own stuffing, so thats cheaper than buying premade, and our own pies.


Your profile says you live in Illinois. IDNR's website indicates that a resident hunting license is $12.50 and resident fall shotgun turkey permit is $15.00 (unless you are hunting your own property, then it is free), so wouldn't that put the price of your turkey at about $31.50? 

Link

19 Nov 2012 01:44 PM
Maturin     
What a Thanksgiving pie chart should look like.
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19 Nov 2012 01:47 PM
jst3p     

amindtat: Bit'O'Gristle: I hunt our turkey, so it's the price of gas to get to the woods, and one shotgun shell. Prolly works out to about 4 dollars. Make our own stuffing, so thats cheaper than buying premade, and our own pies.

Your profile says you live in Illinois. IDNR's website indicates that a resident hunting license is $12.50 and resident fall shotgun turkey permit is $15.00 (unless you are hunting your own property, then it is free), so wouldn't that put the price of your turkey at about $31.50? 

Link


Turkey killing government regulation!

19 Nov 2012 01:47 PM
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