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Tips to shop smart for your Thanksgiving meal

Posted at 3:15 PM, Nov 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-18 20:21:55-05

PHOENIX — No surprise here, but Thanksgiving dinner will likely cost more this year.

According to the Arizona Farm Bureau, the average cost to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner will be $53.31, about 14% more expensive than in 2020. That increase is partly due to inflation and issues with the supply chain.

A recent Farm Bureau report said the turkey "costs more than last year, at $23.99 for a 16-pound bird. That’s roughly $1.50 per pound, up 24% from last year, but there are several mitigating factors."

Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Senior Economist Veronica Nigh said there a number of factors that have impacted the cost of food this year.

“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,” she said.

Further, “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.”

Doug Baker, vice president of industry relations at the Food Industry Association, an organization that lobbies for grocery stores, said increased are across the board.

"There are some hurdles in the supply chain getting it to the shelf," he said. "We’re seeing price increases across the board."

In order to find those deals, it's going to take some comparing. Make sure to download the grocery store apps to see their latest promotions and specials and compare those to the deals and promotions at the other stores.

Related: Thanksgiving Day 2021 grocery hours

Bashas' is currently offering Jenni-O turkeys for $0.79 a pound when you spend $25. At WinCo Foods, spend $100 and you can get a free turkey.

Not interested in cooking, Fry's Food Stores has a Thanksgiving meal for $60 that feeds up to six. Albertsons has a bundle that costs $60. Bashas' has a bundle for $70. Sprouts' bundle is $80.

Some have a full turkey, while others feature sliced turkey.