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Thanksgiving dinner cost up 11 percent

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You may be eating more this Thanksgiving, but figures show you won't be getting as much for your holiday dollar. This thanksgiving meal, some people may be asking for extra cash instead of turkey. The American Farm Bureau Federation reports that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner -- turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie -- will go up 11 percent this year. The average cost for a dinner of ten will be $42.26, up $4.16 from last year. A 16-pound turkey will cost $17.63 on average, up $1.93. The price increase is not only due to higher transportation costs as gas prices have risen, but also because the frozen inventory of turkeys is smaller this year. Making the meal will take 1.1 hours for the average American, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Eating it will take just a bit longer: 1.2 hours. We'll spend three times longer watching TV than it takes to make the meal, on average 3.7 hours. And of those who spend part of their Thanksgiving Day volunteering, more than a third will do so through a religious organization.

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