Higher Price Tag for Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

By Lindsay Nielsen

November 23, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 7:32 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As everyone is rushing around to buy food for their Thanksgiving dinner they will certainly notice an increase in the price tag of their meal this year.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the price of Thanksgiving Dinner for ten people increased 13 percent from last year.

The largest increase, the staple of every Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey.

A 16 pound turkey costs almost four dollars more than it did last year.

Wegmans says it has done its best to keep prices low.

While it's turkey prices did not change, most everything else needed for a thanksgiving meal has increased.

Nationwide, stuffing is up 24 cents, and fresh cranberries are up 7 cents.

But even with the price increase, and the hard times hitting our area due to flooding, people from the Southern Tier say they still have much they are thankful for.

Many say the price increase won't diminish what's on their table this year.

"Well it's always challenging but you know but when it comes to Thanksgiving there are certain staples that you're always going to buy every single year. It hasn't affected what we buy," says Tricia Socash of Vestal.

"We've lost a couple members of the family and we're very grateful for all the good memories, and good friends because it's been a really rough time in this area and we have to stick together," says Kris Zelesnikar of Johnson City.

The price of pumpkin pie mix, whip cream, whole milk, rolls, green peas, and sweet potatoes have also increased.

Shoppers say its important to give each person something to bring, lessening the burden and price of the entire meal on one person.