Hosting Thanksgiving in NJ? It’ll cost you
To prepare a classic holiday meal for 10 people this Thanksgiving, folks around the nation will spend an average of approximately $50. Here in New Jersey, though, the price tag is a bit higher.
Using the latest survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation, which analyzes Thanksgiving dinner prices each year, we traveled to a supermarket in Neptune to see how New Jersey's prices compare.
Garden State shoppers are paying more for almost everything.
The menu for a party of 10, according to the Federation, consists of turkey and stuffing, rolls, sweet potatoes, green peas, fresh cranberries, a carrot and celery tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and milk and coffee.
After tallying the prices, New Jersey's total bill came in just under $64.
The turkey was the biggest difference-maker in the equation, costing $12 more in New Jersey compared to the rest of the nation. Here's the breakdown:
- 16 lb. turkey - Nation: $23.04 New Jersey: $35.04
- Sweet potatoes, 3 lbs. - Nation: 3.57 New Jersey: 3.87
- Cubed stuffing, 14 oz. - Nation: 2.61 New Jersey: 2.69
- Green peas, 1 lb. - Nation: 1.52 New Jersey: 1.99
- Rolls, 12 - Nation: 2.25 New Jersey: 2.99
- Fresh cranberries, 12 oz. - Nation: 2.29 New Jersey: 2.00
- Relish tray (carrots & celery) - Nation: .79 New Jersey: 2.99
- Pie shells (2) - Nation: 2.47 New Jersey: 2.99
- Whipping cream, 1/2 pint - Nation: 1.94 New Jersey: .99
- Pumpkin pie mix, 30 oz. - Nation: 3.20 New Jersey: 1.88
- Milk, 1 gallon - Nation: 3.25 New Jersey: 3.00
- Misc. items (butter, eggs, coffee, etc.) - Nation: 3.18 New Jersey: 3.52
The Federation's 2015 totals represented a 70-cent jump from last year. Whole turkey prices jumped by about $1.39 due to the bird flu outbreak in the Midwest.