Thanksgiving dinner cost decreases 5 percent

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

The Arizona Thanksgiving dinner cost decreased 5 percent this year compared to 2013 according to the Arizona Farm Bureau's Thanksgiving Dinner survey.

A turkey dinner with all of the basic food items will cost around $46.16 for a family of 10, or about $4.61 per person.

"Based on this year's average meal cost, Arizona residents can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal for around $4.61 per person. That's worthy of many thanks," Kevin Rogers, Arizona Farm Bureau President, said.

Last year the average cost was $48.63.

For a 16-pound turkey alone the cost has decreased $1.28 from last year, or seven cents per pound, putting the staple food item at $19.52.

Cube stuffing, sweet potatoes, frozen green peas, and fresh cranberries were the only items to go up in price for 2014.

Those who want an organic dinner will be paying a much higher price, with all the trimmings costing about $95.76 -- twice the amount of the non-organic equivalent.

The Arizona Farm Bureau survey shopping list includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray including carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream plus coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.