With Thanksgiving less than a week away, supermarkets are bound to be packed with folks picking up all their goodies for a great holiday feast, and anyone who’s ever hosted a Thanksgiving meal knows it can get quite costly. Well, don’t tell that to the American Farm Bureau Federation, because they’ve come out with their 33rd annual report on what a Thanksgiving meal should cost, and yet again it is ridiculously low.
According to the group, the total cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 should be $48.90, which comes out to less than $5 a person, and is down from $49.12 last year, a 22 cent decrease. The most expensive item will, of course, be the turkey at $1.36 a pound, or $21.72 for a 16-pound bird, which is down 3% from last year, making it the lowest turkey price since 2014.
As for the rest of the cheap meal, it includes:
- A 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix - $3.33 (an increase from last year)
- A gallon of milk - $2.92 (a decrease from last year)
- A one-pound veggie tray of celery and carrots -$0.75 (an decrease from last year)
- A dozen brown-and-serve rolls - $2.25 (a decrease from last year)
- Two nine-inch pie shells - $2.47 (an increase from last year)
- One pound of green peas - $1.47 (a decrease from last year)
- 12 ounces of fresh cranberries - $2.65(an increase from last year)
- A half-pint of whipping cream - $2.08 (same as last year)
- A 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing - $2.87(an increase from last year)
- A three-pound bag of fresh sweet potatoes - $3.39 (a decrease from last year)
- Miscellaneous items (butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and flour) - $3.01 (an increase from last year)
- This year the Farm Bureau also looked into what it would cost if you added ham, Russet potatoes and frozen green beans into the mix, and it does raise the price slightly. That would bring the price for a dinner for 10 up to $61.72, or a little over $6 a person.
- Sure, those numbers seem absurdly low, but believe it or not, the group came up with their estimates based on information from 166 shoppers who checked grocery prices in 37 states. Obviously none of them went to Whole Foods.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
The countdown to the holiday shopping season has begun, with Black Friday just a week away, but the truth is there are plenty of people out there who just simply couldn’t wait for the day after Thanksgiving to get their shopping done.
A new RetailMeNot poll finds that 60% of shoppers have already begun their holiday shopping, an increase from 54% this time last year. Overall, folks will be spending about $803 on gifts this year, $60 more than last year, but they certainly won’t be spending the same amount on everyone. As for how they’ll break down their holiday budget, the poll finds they’ll spend he following:
- $247 per child
- $193 for significant others
- $116 for parents
- $101 for siblings
- $96 for in-laws
When it comes to what they are buying, 58% say they’ll buy small electronics this year, with laptops the most popular item (32%), followed by Smartphones (30%) and Smart Watches (22%). But if you’re someone who doesn’t want clothes this year there’s as good chance you’ll get them anyway, with 50% of people saying that’s what they plan to buy as gifts this holiday season.
It isn’t always easy finding time to do all your holiday shopping, but it seems a lot of folks have found a solution - shopping at work.
According to a new Robert Half poll, two thirds of employees admit they are “workshoppers,” meaning they shop online at work using their office devices. And it sounds like it’s far from a one-time thing, with 36% saying they shop at work a few times a week, and another 35% doing it at least once a week.
Of course, they may not want to let their employers know that. While 76% of employers do say their company allows such work shopping, 53% of bosses say they would prefer that they didn’t shop during business hours or on company devices. The main reasons they don’t want them shopping include security risks (59%), and loss of productivity (35%).
- As for who is doing the most shopping at work. The poll finds workers in Los Angeles are the most guilty, with 56% admitting to doing so, followed by folks in Nashville, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City (47%).
Source: Robert Half
Men, if you’re looking for love you may want to stop shaving. In case you missed it, a new study published in the "Journal of Evolutionary Biology" finds that women find men with beards more attractive. Men with a heavy 10-day stubble were deemed most attractive, followed by men with full beards, then light stubble and finally, a clean shaven guy.