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Cost of Thanksgiving Meal Varies Locally

The price of a Thanksgiving meal varies depending on what you do for it. Many people will cook their own meal, but others may purcha
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The price of a Thanksgiving meal varies depending on what you do for it.

Many people will cook their own meal, but others may purchase theirs already made.

According to the American Farm Bureau, the national average for a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for 8 to 10 people is about $50.

"I start on Wednesday afternoon and I'm up most of the night," Hy-Vee shopper Sandy Hudson said.

But for those not wanting to cook, Hy-Vee and other stores are offering Thanksgiving meals to go. The meals start at $70 for eight people and go as high as $200 for 16 to 20 people.

"You don't have to do any of the cooking so you have the convenience of just sticking it in the oven and it's super easy," Hy-Vee kitchen manager Jean Pence said.

For those that do not want to set a table, going out to eat is a possibility as well.

Golden Corral will be open on Thanksgiving Day and provide holiday themed food.

"We put as many casseroles out and prepared salads so you feel that you are walking in to your own home," Golden Corral General Manager Chris Jones said.

The buffet will cost $12.99 a person.

While a lot of the pricing will depend on what your family makes or buys, making the meal yourself is the cheapest option, costing between $5 and $6 per person on average.

A to go meal will cost between $8 and $10 per person, while the most expensive option is to dine out.

Despite the prices, some local shoppers say they are sticking to what they've always done.
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