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Experts say Thanksgiving dinner still affordable


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 WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It's the last weekend to shop for your turkey and other fixings for your Thanksgiving dinner. And experts say: it's still a good deal.

During these tough economic times, shoppers say the low cost of items is just one more thing they are thankful for.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau says a recent survey shows that a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner is still a better deal than most fast-food meals.

They say the cost of a traditional meal to feed a family of 10 in Wisconsin, comes in at an average of $45.26.

That's less than $4.53 per person.

"Well I am really glad that there is something in America that hasn't gone above everybody. But Thanksgiving is an American tradition and I think that keeping it affordable for people will keep it going, we'll celebrate just like we always did," says Violet Zinsmeister.

It's Zinsmeister's 85th Thanksgiving.

She's been preparing them for 60 years and says its a relief that cost doesn't get in the way of something special.

"Because we get together so seldom. They are scattered all over and just getting together on Thanksgiving is something really, really special," she adds.

The farm bureau says the most expensive item on the list is the turkey: average price for a 16-pounder in Wisconsin is $20.16.

That's $2.50 higher than the national average, which is $17.66.

But the bureau says the other fixings in Wisconsin are more reasonable than the national average.

And reasonable prices, make this holiday still affordable for America's Dairyland. And a meal can still be shared with people you care about on the day of thanks.

"Family is the most important thing. And a Thanksgiving dinner is really special, a time to be together as a family, and if you can save money serving a turkey meal that's really special," says shopper Mary Kurtzweil.

To see a complete list of the average costs of a Thanksgiving dinner, click here to visit the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's web site.

Online Reporter: Patrick Manning

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