Comparing Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping in Yakima with the CountryPosted: Updated:
Yakima, Wash. - A recent survey finds the cost of putting together a Thanksgiving meal this year has gone up nationally but depending on where you go locally, the cost could be more or less.
The average cost of a Thanksgiving meal for ten people across the nation is $44.61, according to the American Farm Bureau's 23rd Annual Price Survey. The average is up more than two dollars from last year.
The survey's grocery list used the following items to make their Thanksgiving meal. In addition to a 16-pound turkey averaging $20.00, they also included bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk to drink.
Taking that list to two different stores in Yakima and looking for the most inexpensive items available, the receipts were higher and lower than the national average. Our total at Wray's came to $56.55, over at Grocery Outlet it was $39.18.
Vicki Baker is the co-owner of the Yakima Grocery Outlet. She says people visiting her store are cutting back to the essentials this year. "This year they may go with a more basic list just to save some money but i think they can still get all of the basics covered."
It's important to remember that these were two of many stores in the Yakima area so prices will vary. Some grocery stores offer dinner specials and have other promotions at lower prices than these totals.