We go shopping to see how inflation affected the Thanksgiving meal this year. : The Indicator from Planet Money Thanksgiving isn't immune from inflation — an annual survey recently found that a holiday meal for four is 20 percent more expensive than it was last year. We bring the Indicator team around the dinner table for a very nerdy Thanksgiving.

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Inflation hits the Thanksgiving dinner table

Inflation hits the Thanksgiving dinner table

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Bake shop manager Debbie Sanders restocks and arranges pumpkin pies.
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Every year since 1986, the American Farm Bureau Federation surveys grocery stores nationwide to estimate how much a Thanksgiving meal for 10 will cost. And this year, the results aren't pretty — inflation, food supply-chain shortages and even an avian flu outbreak are combining to push the price of a Turkey Day meal up more than 20 percent compared to last year.

For the second year running, members of The Indicator staff headed to their local supermarket to purchase holiday staples from the Bureau's list to see for themselves how much prices have increased since 2021.

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Let us know by emailing indicator@npr.org or commenting on social media!

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Adrian Ma, Viet Le, Sierra Juarez, Wailin Wong, Dylan Sloan, Nicky Ouellet and Corey Bridges contributed to this piece.