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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Carpe Turkey Diem

Something to be thankful for: 

The real cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is 1.3% cheaper 
than last year, 21% cheaper than 1986.

Bottom Line: The fact that a family in American can celebrate Thanksgiving with a classic turkey feast for less than $50 and at a “time cost” of only 2.39 hours of work for one person (and only $32.64 or 1.58 hours of work for Walmart shoppers) means that we really have a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving: an abundance of cheap, affordable food. Compared to 1986, the inflation-adjusted cost of a turkey dinner today is 21% cheaper, and 26% cheaper measured in the “time cost” for the average worker. Relative to our income and relative to the cost of food in the past, food in America has never been more affordable than it is today. 

Read more at:  Something to be thankful for.


  1. Amazing! The media would make you think half the people in the U.S. are starving. Looks like it is not so!

    1. I'm waiting for someone to complain about Walmart being the least expensive place to shop for Thanksgiving . Given that the complaint is how they exploit workers, how about looking at how they help the nation's needy also?