The cost to host a Thanksgiving dinner for your closest friends and family members is 20 percent more expensive this year, and President Joe Biden’s administration is to blame.
According to a report from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average cost to serve 10 of your guests a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee, and milk is $64.05.
That’s $10.74 more expensive than last year’s average of $53.31 and up more than $17 from just before Biden assumed office.
If it wasn’t evident last year that Biden’s policies, such as bloating the American economy with trillions in federal dollars, are to blame for inflation including hikes in Thanksgiving food prices, then it certainly is now.
After another year of excessive spending, including sending $66 billion in taxpayer dollars overseas and funneling billions toward legislation that will definitively do more economic damage, Americans will have to pay significantly more to feed their families during the holiday season.
Thanksgiving gatherers who want to do more than the bare minimum by adding ham, russet potatoes, and frozen green beans to their menus are expected to pay $81.30, up 18 percent from 2021.
The feast centerpiece, a 16 lb. bird, is up 21 percent from last year for an average cost of $28.96. That price, AFBF noted, might fall thanks to store discounts the week of Thanksgiving. Shoppers interested in bags of cubed stuffing mix, which increased in price by a whopping 69 percent, frozen pie crusts (26 percent), whipping cream (26 percent), frozen peas (23 percent), and dinner rolls (22 percent), however, are still paying much higher due to months of record-high inflation.
In October alone, consumers paid 7.7 percent more for goods. The largest price increases recorded were found in household necessities such as shelter, food, and energy, which saw much higher increases.
“General inflation slashing the purchasing power of consumers is a significant factor contributing to the increase in average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner,” AFBF Chief Economist Roger Cryan confirmed in a press release.
In addition to paying more for food, Americans who travel to see loved ones and give thanks over the next week will be paying more at the pump, where gasoline is currently averaging $3.66 per gallon.