BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the preparation for your upcoming feast starts now. People around the country will have to spend a little more this holiday season as the cost of a Thanksgiving meal continues to rise every year.
According to a food and energy report from the Consumer Energy Alliance, a family of four will have to pay up to $15,656 in food, which is an increase of almost 6% from 2022.
Some of the popular Thanksgiving foods that are put on the table each year have seen an increase since last year. According to a release from Consumer Energy Alliance, the following items have seen a price increase from 2022 to 2023:
- Ham (5.2%)
- Canned cranberries (60%)
- Canned pumpkin (30%)
- Russet potatoes (14%)
- Canned green beans (9%)
- Sweet potatoes (4%)
- Beer (5.3%)
- Wine (1.2%)
One of the main causes of the price increase from year to year is that the price of energy is also going up. According to the Consumer Energy Alliance, energy schedules have caused prices to continuously rise over the past three years.
The high energy prices are also leading to increases in operating and transportation costs for America’s farmers and ranchers, according to a news release from Consumer Energy Alliance.