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Thanksgiving meal expenses add up

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Despite the tough economic times, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you can almost smell the turkey cooking. For most of us, it's our favorite part of Thanksgiving, a good home cooked meal. When it comes to a holiday feast there are a couple staples that can't be left out; pumpkin pie, collard greens, biscuits, and sweet potatoes. And of course, turkey. Throw in easily forgotten things like cranberries for the sauce or some nutmeg and cinnamon for added seasoning and before you know it, the cost of your Thanksgiving meal can add up. While the economy seems especially slow right now, the cost of a Thanksgiving meal hasn't gone up that much in the last 10 years. Comparing local averages to the national council on economic education's average cost from ten years ago, turkey and sweet potatoes are actually less expensive now, but stuffing, and pumpkin pie will cost you a bit more. Your grand total on the Thanksgiving favorites will be a bout a dollar more than it would have cost in 1998. Early shoppers say they won't let prices stop them from celebrating the holiday. Kay Sturgil won’t miss out on her favorites, “Definitely not, you got to have that fried turkey. No, wouldn't skip it for anything. I'd make it happen some how.” Shoppers at the Leland Piggly Wiggly say they're willing to travel for bargains. Sandy Morris traveled for discounts and said, “That's why we're here. We live on the other side of Wilmington.” As for stores in our area, a sixteen pound frozen turkey, three pounds of sweet potatoes, stuffing and a pumpkin pie will cost about twenty-four dollars at Harris Teeter and Piggly Wiggly. Food Lion had big savings by comparison; the total cost just over eighteen dollars. Now all you have to do is decide on a turkey. Piggly Wiggly manager David Sturgill said, “We have House of Rayford. We have fresh one's that haven't been injected or frozen. You know the typical frozen turkey we have. We have some smoked turkeys.” These prices do not include all of the specials the stores offer for the holiday, so you might be able to get the items for even less. On Monday, WWAY will have a few tips on how you can get a full Thanksgiving meal on a budget.

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