Thanksgiving food costs down 4%

WASHINGTON, D.C.- November 13, 2009

The traditional Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, buttered rolls and pumpkin pie, will cost 4% less than in 2008, a farm group said.

The American Farm Bureau Federation's grocery list of 12 items estimated the average cost of this year's Thanksgiving feast for 10 people will be $42.91, a decrease of $1.70 from last year's $44.61.

Thanksgiving is Nov. 26. "Consumers are benefiting at the grocery store from significantly lower energy prices and the effects of the economic slowdown," said bureau economist Jim Sartwelle.

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