How much more Thanksgiving food and travel is for Arizonans due to inflation

How much more Thanksgiving food and travel is for Arizonans due to inflation
How much more Thanksgiving food and travel is for Arizonans due to inflation

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – We know inflation has hit everyone this year, from high grocery prices to high gas prices in Arizona as well. So how much more do Valley families plan to spend on road trips to relatives and cooking a typical Thanksgiving meal? We’ve calculated the difference you can expect to see after this weekend compared to the same prices last year.

A feast with all the tricks is an ideal Thanksgiving for most people, but not so ideal for your wallet. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, a Thanksgiving meal will cost you at least 20% more than last year.

Some of the biggest price differences:

  • 16-pound turkeys: up 21% over last year
  • Cubed stuffing mix: up 69% over last year
  • And pie crusts and whipped cream were up 26%.

In total, for a relatively standard Thanksgiving meal, the Farm Bureau said the average cost this year is about $81 compared to $68.72 last year. The Bureau said food is the most expensive in the West, and an average Thanksgiving meal in states like Arizona costs more than $88. And that’s just the food.

What about car travel? In Arizona, nearly one million drivers are expected to travel for the holidays, the second highest number of drivers on those roads for Thanksgiving in more than 20 years. Last Thanksgiving year, the average gasoline price per gallon in Arizona was $3.75. Right now, the average is $4.14 — up 39 cents — and it’s higher than here in Maricopa County. If you’re a family traveling for the holidays this year and you have to fill up a 15 gallon car once before leaving and once on the way back, you’re looking at about $12 more for your gas than what you needed for Thanksgiving 2021.

So take that plus the estimated Turkey Day ingredient increases and Arizona families are looking at between $30 and $50 more for Thanksgiving plans in the state this year than last, thanks to inflation. The only food item that the Farm Bureau said fell in price was a bag of fresh cranberries. The prices have been enough to get more families exploring dining out to eat on Thanksgiving instead of cooking.

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