How much more Thanksgiving food is traveling for Arizonans due to inflation | Tech US News


PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – We know inflation has hit everyone this year, between high grocery prices and high gas prices in Arizona as well. So how much more are Valley families looking 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 fixin’s 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 at least 20% more than last year.

Some of the biggest price differences:

  • 16-pound turkeys: 21% more than last year
  • Cubed Stuffing Mix: 69% more than last year
  • And pie crusts and whipped cream rose by 26%.

All told, 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 more expensive in the West, and an average Thanksgiving meal in states like Arizona tops $88. And that’s just the food.

What about road trips? In Arizona, nearly a million drivers are expected to travel during the holiday, the second-highest number of drivers on these Thanksgiving roads in more than 20 years. Last year on Thanksgiving, the average price of gas per gallon in Arizona was $3.75. Right now, the average is $4.14 (up 39 cents) and higher than here in Maricopa County. If you’re a family traveling for the holidays this year and need 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 you needed on Thanksgiving 2021.

So take that plus estimated increases in turkey day ingredients, and Arizona families are looking at $30 to $50 more for Thanksgiving plans in the state this year compared to last, thanks to inflation. The only food the Farm Bureau said dropped in price was a bag of fresh cranberries. The prices were enough for more families to explore eating out for Thanksgiving instead of cooking.


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