Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and if you’ve already started preparing your meal, you’ve probably noticed that it costs more More than ever year.

“It’s going to be 14.9% higher than it was last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” Phil Lempert editor at “And that’s on top of, you know, in 2021, it was 14% higher than in 2020.”

Lempert stated that this means that consumers have to be informed. to You can expect to see the highest price rises in a long time. 

“The cost of turkey, according to the USDA, that’s up 23% over last year,” He stated. “On average, they’re suggesting that it’s going to cost $1.64. Last year it was $1.15 a pound.”

There are several reasons that the price of gasoline has gone up since last year. year.

“First, avian flu,” Lempert spoke. “That’s killed more than 49 million birds this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Also, we have labor shortages in the poultry processing facilities.”

But Lempert said there is some good news – a turkey war.

“Walmart has rolled back their price to under $1 a pound. Aldi rolled back their prices to what it was three years ago on a lot of different turkey and Thanksgiving products,” He stated.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, price of a Thanksgiving dinner It is approximately 14% more More than ever year.
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Lempert stated that other retailers have also begun to take advantage of this opportunity. to Their prices should be reduced.

“So, read those circulars carefully because even though the prices are higher, bottom line is that they want you to come into their stores.”

In the past, consumers have always searched for what they want. ThanksgivingThey will also go. to the same store for Christmas and New Year’s.

“This is the biggest season for grocery retailers,” Lempert spoke. “So, if they can get us now, guess what? You know, we’re going to stay with them for the next couple of months.”

What weather and war have an impact on what you pay Thanksgiving Food this year

The price we pay for groceries can be affected by factors like the avian Flu and labor shortages. But the weather and wars will also have an effect on the prices.

“If we take a look at what’s gone on between the fires in the Northwest, that’s affected the soil and the corn that gets fed to the poultry, the turkeys,” Lempert spoke. 

Lempert claimed that Russia is the biggest exporter of manure and that farmers are paying more due to their war with Ukraine. more You can also do that.

“So, anything to do with an animal is up,” He stated. “Butter is up 25.8%. Chicken is up 17.2%. Eggs are up 32.5%. Pork is up 6.1%. So, I think we’re going to see a lot of ham being eaten this Thanksgiving than ever before.”

There’s also a potato shortage due to Different weather conditions are available depending on to Lempert.

“Potatoes were up 35%,” He stated. “So, here’s a hint. This year, what I’m going to do, instead of having, you know, a normal mashed potato or baked potato, I’m going to switch to sweet potatoes because those are actually not affected by weather conditions. And also, a lot of potato farmers have switched from regular potatoes to sweet potatoes.”