Did You Overpay for Thanksgiving Dinner?

2023 marks the second most expensive Thanksgiving dinner in history. But how much it cost depended on what you bought, where you live — and whether your state taxes groceries.

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The cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people was down about three dollars from last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). But the average cost for 2023 is still $61.17, which is more expensive than in any pre-pandemic year. 

And your holiday dinner cost was likely higher if you swapped out turkey for ham or cranberry sauce for a veggie tray. That’s because, aside from whipping cream, those items decreased the most in price from last year. 

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.