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2013 Holiday Meal Cost Decrease

The American Farm Bureau reports that the national average holiday meal cost a little more than $49.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Here something to be thankful for, the cost of a holiday meal drops a little. The American Farm Bureau reports that the national average holiday meal cost a little more than $49. Lydia Kaume with the Missouri University Extension in Barton County says Missouri prices will be cheaper. 

"The meal for the Show Me State is going to be .43 cents lower this year," said Lydia Kaume, Missouri University Extension.

So we did a little shopping on our own. We picked up a 16 pound turkey, buttered rolls, sweet potatoes, peas, cranberries, a relish tray, pumpkin pie with whipped creme and a beverage. 

"For the whole meal for about 10 people is $48.61 compared to $51.87 last year, and that's a saving of about $3.26," said Kaume. 

She says that the Bureau averaged a 16-pound bird at 18 cents cheaper this year.

"It has to do with the recession and maybe the economy is growing," said Kaume. 

When we checked out, we were surprised to find the price was even lower. In fact, we found out, depending on where you shop, you could check out $10 cheaper than the estimated cost for the state. 

"It's not about a dollar more or a dollar less, people do exactly what they like to do and love to do as a family," said Kaume. 

Health specialist say Missouri residents ate Thanksgiving meal for about $4.86 per person. 

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