How are Thanksgiving prices looking this year?

SOUTH BEND, Ind.— A trip to a supermarket may be in store for many the day before Thanksgiving.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, October food prices are up 3.3 percent from last year, but that’s a significantly smaller jump than the 10 percent leap from 2021.

ABC57 spoke with some last-minute South Bend shoppers.

"It's always very busy the day before Thanksgiving, but you know what I love about it? Everybody is so nice and so friendly,” said shopper Becky Harter. “It's really, very hectic, but it's just fun, because I love the interactions with the other people."

Every year, the American Farm Bureau Federation comes out with a new Thanksgiving Dinner Cost survey.

According to their numbers, the cost of a traditional Turkey Day dinner is down 4.5 percent compared to 2022.

Items vary, of course, for example, the prices for turkeys are down, but the price for sweet potatoes are up.

The average cost for 10 people this year is $61.17, down from last year’s record high of over $64.

Still, these numbers are still 25 percent higher than in 2019, before the pandemic hit.

Michiana shoppers are still feeling the sticker shock.

“Definitely. Prices are definitely higher,” Harter said. “You have the clip and save here, and that does help, but prices are definitely higher. This is my second trip for Thanksgiving, so hopefully I've got it all now."

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