Average Thanksgiving Dinner Costs $38

The American Farm Bureau Federation says this year the cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 was more than $38. That's an increase of more than a $1.30 over last year's average.

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Retailers got off to a good start this holiday shopping season. Stores and malls that opened as early as midnight on Thursday drew bigger-than-expected crowds. The crowds were searching for discounts on such items as flat-screen TVs and toys. Preliminary figures indicate that while larger-than-expected crowds showed up early over the holiday weekend, sales slowed down as the weekend wore on.

Analysts suggest sticking to a budget when it comes to buying gifts. That's true as well for grocery shopping. How much did you spend on your Thanksgiving Day dinner? The American Farm Bureau Federation reports the average cost of a dinner for 10 was $38.10. That's an increase of more than $1.30 over last year's average.

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