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Nevadans Spending Less On Thanksgiving Dinner, This Year

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Nevadans are expected to spend $13.5 million on Thanksgiving this year. That's down from $13.8 million, last year.

That's not because people are buying less, but because food prices have gone down.

The Retail Association of Nevada says a 16 pound turkey is about $0.47 less than it was last year.

Meanwhile, three pounds of sweet potatoes is $0.21 higher.

Once you add everything together you're still paying 0.9% less than a year ago. 

There are also some ways to Thanksgiving less painful on your bank account.

"Make things from scratch because it's not only better for us but also it's more inexpensive than buying something already pre-made," Stuart Stilling said.

"What I save in gas, not driving from store to store, makes it worthwhile to get it all in one place," Cindy Davis said.

Employees at Smith's say Thanksgiving shopping started to pick up over the weekend and they've noticed lower price totals.

They say people are shopping the sale items, especially the turkeys.

"You buy $25 worth of Thanksgiving dinner and then we sell the turkey for only 69 cents a pound," Sarah Lopez, Smith's Assistant Store Director said. "So, definitely buy the whole thing at once, not spread out throughout the week."

At that price, a 16-pound turkey only costs $11.04.

That's more than $10 less than the average price of $21.76.

Of course, the total cost for the whole Thanksgiving feast varies depending on who's doing the shopping.

"Probably after all is said and done with the turkey and all the fixings and desserts, we're making probably around $150," Stilling said.

"I'm guessing that it will be about $45," Davis said.

A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation says the average Thanksgiving dinner will cost $49.04 to feed ten people.

44-cents less than last year's average.

That even includes things like potatoes, stuffing, and cranberries.

And you can't forget the pies.

"You have to have some fabulous desserts after the Thanksgiving dinner," Davis said. "That's the best part. So, I do splurge on some of those. My specialty is an apple pie that my husband says is just the best in the world. I don't know if it is but he likes it the best."

These price surveys began back in 1986 when people were spending $28.74 on Thanksgiving. That is about $20 less than today.

We priced some of the traditional Thanksgiving foods and found that if you find the sales, you can spend anywhere from $32 to $40.

Written by Paul Nelson
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