Inflation has sent the price of Thanksgiving turkeys soaring in the United States Photo: AFP
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In U.S., inflation sparks tough Thanksgiving meal sacrifices

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By Thomas URBAIN

Sandra White normally has turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. But on Thursday, due to soaring inflation, she's going to have fried chicken instead.

"It's too expensive, too expensive," the 70-year-old White, a resident of East Harlem, says of the traditional holiday bird.

She asked her guests to bring other parts of the meal.

It's the same story for fellow shopper Yeisha Swan, but she got lucky: one of her loved ones bought the family fowl, and she was able to cut costs on the side dishes, which for many are just as important as the main course.

"This is way less than what I would buy. I couldn't get my ham.... I'm using canned collard greens. It's different," Swan, 42, tells AFP outside a New York supermarket.

Inflation is red-hot in the United States, reaching the highest levels in decades this year. And while some prices have eased in recent months, consumers say they are straining to handle their grocery bills -- a tough blow at the holidays.

Compounding that problem is a bird flu outbreak that forced the culling of about 50 million poultry, including eight million turkeys, according to calculations based on U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

Turkey costs 21 percent more in the United States than it did last year, according to the American Farm Bureau.

The turkey is not the only component of a classic Thanksgiving meal that is more pricey. A Farm Bureau survey showed that cubed stuffing mix was 69 percent more expensive as compared with last year.

The only must-have with a price drop? Cranberries.

An average meal for 10 this year -- including turkey, stuffing, peas, sweet potatoes, cranberries, carrots, rolls and pumpkin pie -- will cost $64.05, or 20 percent more than in 2021, the Farm Bureau said.

"I just had to really cut back.... We used to have a party and we couldn't do that for Thanksgiving," says chef Jose Rodriguez. Instead of an open house for all of his loved ones, he will eat with his wife and their two dogs.

Although turkey prices have jumped, demand has not completely collapsed.

At Wendel's Poultry Farm near Buffalo, New York -- which emerged unscathed from the bird flu crisis -- all 1,100 Thanksgiving turkeys were sold out. Customers can already place an order for a Christmas bird.

In order to make up for increasing costs of raw materials, Wendel's hiked its prices by 22 percent, explains manager Cami Wendel.

Retail giant Walmart went in the opposite direction, offering its Thanksgiving basket, including a turkey, for the same price as last year. Its low prices have allowed it to make inroads in the grocery market since inflation took off.

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The US concept/meaning of "Thanksgiving" has become lost over time.

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Trump never said "a small incursion into Ukraine is okay."

Biden did.

This surprised me, so I checked.

Biden's actual words;

Russia will be held accountable if it invades. And it depends on what it does. It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do.

That is not the same as 'a small incursion is OK'. He's obviously making a distinction between an invasion (=NATO will hold Russia accountable) and action that stops short of an actual boots-on-the-ground invasion (=NATO members are not agreed on what their reaction should be).

The White House later clarified that Biden was talking about action short of military aggression, such as cyberattacks.

Granted, talk of incursions was not a good choice of words and not very clever, but Biden did not say that it would 'be OK'.

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TrevorPeace

An average meal for 10 this year -- including turkey, stuffing, peas, sweet potatoes, cranberries, carrots, rolls and pumpkin pie -- will cost $64.05, or 20 percent more than in 2021, the Farm Bureau said.

I can understand the dilemma. But $64.05 for a dinner with all those items for ten people is NOT expensive

I agree, my 3 kilo stuffed Turkey breast last Christmas cost nearly that. This year we may not get Turkey due to the bird flue outbreaks and the consequent culls making it scares and expensive.

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The national average assumes a holiday meal will include a 16-pound turkey, at $33.31

Yeah and some guy here claims Turkey is 49 cents a pound.

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Things may change, including inflation, once the House Republicans turn the tide on the course of government.

house cant do a thing without the senate or the president signing off, GOP has a 4 seat mojority, not many to flip LOL

Republicans did 1 legislative achievement in 4yrs under Trump, what makes you think they have any policies

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Wallace people in American are not starving,

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But if they steal a million they are Republicans and heroes.

Ummm….FTX much?

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"It's too expensive, too expensive," the 70-year-old White, a resident of East Harlem, says of the traditional holiday bird.

There is another factor in Biden's America responsible for Thanksgiving related inflation and that is the woke, cultural Marxist War on Thanksgiving.

https://therecount.com/watch/fox-business-desperately-trying-to/2645887389

The woke Biden agenda of communist wealth redistribution and and woke education is forcing business leaders to spend more and more on politicians that highlight and oppose this agenda, like Youngkin and DeSantis.

They are struggling to oppose woke educators teaching the Pilgrims massacred the Native Americans after the Thanksgiving bounty was shared with them. To oppose this crazy woke history requires so many precious seed capital resources from leaders of American business costs are inflating across the board, including politicians and turkeys.

Things may change, including inflation, once the House Republicans turn the tide on the course of government.

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Blacklabel

so if they steal food, they are democrats and thieves. But if they steal a million they are Republicans and heroes.

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Blacklabel

are you accusing thieves of only being democrats and now do you know if they even vote? Most white collar crime is committed by Republicans on Wall St.

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I wish someone would explain what the administration should do.

Stop what they are doing. that caused it to almost immediately go up from the under 2% it was when the big guy showed up?

its not any coincidence, look at the chart.

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with all these cutbacks hopefully we wont be getting any black friday stampede victims this year...

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Judging by the recent midterms, Americans love their President Biden, think he is wonderful and are happy with open borders, high crime and of course high inflation. They don't care about high priced Thanksgiving turkeys, it's what they want. I saw on cnn interviews with democrats where they were saying Biden is the best President of all time and that inflation doesn't exist. Thus no worries here for Thanksgiving costs.

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Americans could do with smaller portions. So much food waste from their enormous portions.

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We had a Thanksgiving dinner in Japan for four. Skipped Turkey (partly because of price) and had chicken instead. But we had biscuits and gravy and pecan pie! My wife could make anyone cry over her pecan pie.

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Traditions are not such a high priority when the pockets are empty, many American families have much more serious problems than not being able to celebrate Thanksgiving properly, even feeling there is no thanks to give on this year.

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I thought about getting a small piece of ham for tomorrow. Pieces the size of my fist were $24-$30.

I keep hearing this “Bidenflation” thing. I wish someone would explain what the administration should do. Tell companies to stop raising prices? Tell oil companies to stop raising prices?

If you’re that smart and know what to do, why aren’t you in Washington?

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It’s what liberals just voted for, continuing Bidenflation.

wrong its worldwide inflation, clearly Americans are far more worried about the GOP attack on democracy, otherwise that red wave would have swept Amercia, but it didnt. keep running on gas prices while attacking democracy and youll lose again in 2024.

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wait mister president said that USA is doing very best under his leadership so I dont understand this worry abt price of turkey?

remember Maria Antoinetta?when she have heard that people cant eat bread?her answer was-why dont you eat cakes than!

dont eat turkeys dears americans,eat some veggies say carrots,good for your health and for global warming.../irony off/

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I don’t know if these numbers are correct but $64.04 for 10 people is less than $7 a head. If you can’t afford that you’re not going to be able to afford thanksgiving under any administration. And stuffing mix? Just use the stale bread in your cabinet that you would end up throwing out anyway. Tastes better too.

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wallace

But you aren't celebrating Thanksgiving, so eating fish is irrelevant,

Well, you don't actually know what we do.

We celebrate Thanksgiving every year. Previously, for many years we would travel to our American family and celebrate with them.

Since the death of my parents, we haven't done that. So we celebrate at home.

Today is fish and it's relevant to us.

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It’s what liberals just voted for, continuing Bidenflation.

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Turkey costs 21 percent more in the United States than it did last year, according to the American Farm Bureau.

Incredibly high increase.

Interesting facts from 2018:

"$21.71 -- This year's average cost for a 16-pound turkey in the United States, down 3% from 2017 and the lowest since 2014, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's most recent annual survey.

$48.90 -- The average cost this year to serve 10 people a Thanksgiving feast, a 22-cent decrease from last year."

https://www.denver7.com/news/national/14-curious-stats-about-thanksgiving

wallaceToday  10:51 am JST

Many of my American family are vegetarians/vegans who don't eat the traditional Thanksgiving. We will be eating fish.

But you aren't celebrating Thanksgiving, so eating fish is irrelevant,

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Ask guests to contribute to the cost of the meal. $10 each should cover it.

Many of my American family are vegetarians/vegans who don't eat the traditional Thanksgiving. We will be eating fish.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it.

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This was avoidable. You get what you vote for US. Stop voting for big government candidates who just want to create more go dependency and will continue to drive up costs.

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Probably we need corporate tax cuts and subsidies to energize the job creators.

nope they tried that in 2017 with a $trillion tax cut for the rich, did very little in terms of job creation, nearly all of it went to share buybacks and an inflated stock market, will end up costing around 1.5 trillion over 10yrs. Trickle down economics hasnt worked since Reagan, just another GOP conjob

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That's what happens when you have an incompetent president 

The role of fighting inflation is mainly the job of the Fed. The govt is limited in its measures. The Fed is the one with the tools. The current Fed chief was appointed by Trump, who fired Yellen, who had been successfully and skillfully keeping a lid on prices. She was appointed by Obama.

Anyway, the rest of the US economy is doing quite well, better than Japan and Europe. Russia and China are overwhelmingly responsible for the global supply crunch that is driving up food and energy prices.

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That's what happens when you have an incompetent president who thinks the economy is doing great.

That's what happens when you have an incompetent president who is told to flat lie to peoples faces the economy is doing great. - fixed for you.

Imagine these prices under other presidents. People would be calling for impeachment.

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Give your thanks to your ancestors who went days without food in their bellies. Hard times happen to all.

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That's what happens when you have an incompetent president who thinks the economy is doing great.

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Tokyo, people that get government food subsidies eat better than people that work for their food sometimes, Google Average Texas EBT Benefits

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I just checked Kroger's, Publix, and Winn-Dixie, three big groceries stores in the USA, all of which have whole, frozen turkeys in stock and all of which are selling it for 49 cents a pound, which is as cheap as it ever is.

You will pay more for turkey that is processed in some way, or turkey breast, or turkey microwave dinners and such, so the shortages must be regional and only in certain places.

A Farm Bureau survey showed that cubed stuffing mix was 69 percent more expensive as compared with last year.

Cubed stuffing mix? Really? How hard is it to make stuffing?

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I was in Heb, people cart were overflowing,some even have two full carts,all the Hams were about gone,they were restocking them ,what inflation,some people get a 30O dollars in full subsidize a month

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And while some prices have eased in recent months, consumers say they are straining to handle their grocery bills -- a tough blow at the holidays.

This must be due to Biden's socialist policies! Capitalism would never have bread lines and depression food strategies!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/thousands-line-up-in-dallas-texas-to-receive-food-ahead-of-thanksgiving-food-bank-donation/

Probably we need corporate tax cuts and subsidies to energize the job creators.

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An average meal for 10 this year -- including turkey, stuffing, peas, sweet potatoes, cranberries, carrots, rolls and pumpkin pie -- will cost $64.05, or 20 percent more than in 2021, the Farm Bureau said.

I can understand the dilemma. But $64.05 for a dinner with all those items for ten people is NOT expensive.

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