Cost of Thanksgiving is lower than last year

Phil­adelphi­ans who shop for the mak­ings of a Thanks­giv­ing feast are likely to pay a little less for a tur­key and all the trim­mings than they did last year, ac­cord­ing to City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz.

The av­er­age cost in Phil­adelphia for main food items for a tra­di­tion­al Thanks­giv­ing din­ner for 10 is $46.37, com­pared to $48.42 last year. That’s enough to buy a Powerball tick­et and have a nick­el change.

The over­all lower cost is due to a drop in price for ve­get­ables, bread rolls, sweet pota­toes and dairy products such as milk and whip­ping cream. A 16-pound tur­key will cost about 31 cents less than last year.

In ad­di­tion to pay­ing less loc­ally, Phil­adelphi­ans also will pay al­most $2.70 less than the na­tion­al av­er­age of $49.04. The loc­al prices for food items and in­gredi­ents were com­piled by av­er­aging prices from vari­ous gro­cery stores loc­ated with­in Phil­adelphia. ••

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