Ariz. Farm Bureau says Thanksgiving meal costs up

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Farm Bureau says the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is up more than 3 percent this year.

Serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings will cost $52.81, or $5.28 per person.

Last year's cost was $51.14 for 10 people. Ten years ago, the farm bureau put the price at just $33.09.

The farm bureau does an informal survey of a shopping list including a 16-pound turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray including carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk.

The farm bureau says consumers can shave a lot off the average cost by waiting for sales, buying store brands and using coupons.

Arizona's costs are $8.20 more than the national average of $44.61.

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