LSU AgCenter: La. Thanksgiving costs up 9 percent
BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter says Thanksgiving dinner costs in Louisiana are up about 9 percent - from $44.35 for a dinner for 10 last year, to $48.50 this year.
The biggest chunk of that increase is in the turkey. An AgCenter survey found that turkeys in Baton Rouge cost about $1.38 a pound, up 23 cents from a year ago - though AgCenter family economist Jeanette Tucker says holiday specials may cut that figure.
The survey is based on an American Farm Bureau Federation shopping list. It includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk.
Family economist Jeanette Tucker notes that it works out to about $5 per person - less than fast food.