Cost of Wyoming Thanksgiving Dinner Up 15% From Last Year

This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily

By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Make no mistake, Thanksgiving dinner is as affected by inflation as gasoline.

This year, consumers will pay almost 15% more for their holiday gathering than they did last year, according to various experts.

Farm Bureau Insurance reports the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving feast for 10 people this year will cost $53.31. While less than $10 per person, it is a 14% increase from last year’s average of $46.90.

The shopping list for Farm Bureau’s informal survey included turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk.

A spot survey of prices by Cowboy State Daily also revealed increases in the cost of the annual meal.

According to flyers from a Wyoming grocery store printed in 2020 and 2021, turkey prices have risen almost 10%. In 2020, the sale price of a turkey was 89 cents per pound — a figure that increased to 99 cents per pound this year.

The stuffing to accompany that turkey, meanwhile increased in price by more than 11% — from $1.50 per box in 2020 to $1.67 per box in 2021.

The cost of some items, such as canned cranberry sauce, canned yams, and 10-pounds bag of potatoes, stayed virtually the same, as did a store-bought pumpkin pie. 

But a jar of Heinz gravy doubled in price, from $2 per jar to $3.99, and the price of a tube of crescent rolls increased from $1.49 to $1.99.

“Several factors contributed to the increase in average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner,” said American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Economist Veronica Nigh. “These include dramatic disruptions to the U.S. economy and supply chains over the last 20 months; inflationary pressure throughout the economy; difficulty in predicting demand during the COVID-19 pandemic and high global demand for food, particularly meat.” 

Nigh added that the trend of consumers cooking and eating at home more often due to the pandemic led to increased supermarket demand and higher retail food prices in 2020 and 2021, compared to pre-pandemic prices in 2019.  

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  1. …what about state legislatures and banking institutions that continue to explore new ways to “get into peoples pockets” with additional “fees” and “surcharges”…for example the Wyoming legislature increased the fees for EV vehicles to $200.00 per year (each yearly registration renewal) plus 10 cents per gallon gasoline taxes while banking and credit card institutions increased fees on numerous aspects of everyday consumer transactions…

    • Nice way to tip toe around the 1000 lb. biden gorilla in the room. Let me know when the EV semi’s start rolling off the assembly lines, mark. Until then prices for goods will continue to rise unabated. The US runs on oil, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

  2. Thanks biden. Biden Releases 50 Million Barrels of Oil from National Strategic Petroleum Reserve as Gas Prices Keep Rising…yet the US consumes over 20 million barrels a day. A fools errand for sure. So where are the “adults”?

  3. “banking and credit card institutions increased fees on numerous aspects of everyday consumer transactions” The rich keep getting richer while the poor go on living by being poor. WY is no exception.

  4. Elections have consequences. Dems knew he was incompetent they just didnt now how incompetent Harris would be. Now we know.. 36/28 approvals…. Releasing enough oil for 3 days. They think we are stupid

    • DOE secretary gramholm didnt even know what the US daily oil consumption was. Team biden clown show on full display, and the low income folks will suffer the most.

  5. …millions of acres were just opened for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by the Biden administration and in agreement with several other energy consuming countries (Japan and China etc.) collectively, billions of barrels of petroleum reserves are being released for world energy supplies and consumption….consumer pricing for fuel at the pump will be managed in the near future…globally, oil companies will be pressured into a pricing competition against each other for market share…

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