Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving party of 10 – Yours for only $42.91

$42.91. Does that price mean anything to you? Amazingly, it’s the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, "...a shopping list that includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10," costs only $42.91. Hooray for Thanksgiving! It is officially cheaper than:
  • Four porcelain hippo figurines
  • 171 boxes of Lemonheads
  • A roller derby costume for Halloween, complete with skates and fake tattoos
  • Movies with popcorn, snacks and beverages for 2
  • Most speeding tickets (I think. I don’t speed and thus have no true point of reference.)

To be fair, many of us prepare more dishes than the ones listed. I wonder how much those dishes increase the cost? If you’re comfortable sharing, how much do you spend on Thanksgiving? What do you cook? How many do you serve? What else could you buy for $42.91?

Regardless of the cost, I hope you and yours have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Carleen M.

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