BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Families in Baton Rouge are starting to head to the grocery store a week until turkey day, but there’s no way around high prices for food.

LSU economist Dek Terrell says Thanksgiving dinner will cost you 20% more than last year. Terrell says inflation rates have dropped slightly, but are still historically too high.

“It turns out that a lot of the items that you eat at Thanksgiving are the items that are increasing in price by more than other things,” he said.

The American Farm Bureau provides the following data:

  • 16-pound turkey: $28.96 or $1.81 per pound (up 21%)
  • 14-ounce bag of cubed stuffing mix: $3.88 (up 69%)
  • 2 frozen pie crusts: $3.68 (up 26%)
  • Half pint of whipping cream: $2.24 (up 26%)
  • 1 pound of frozen peas: $1.90 (up 23%)
  • 1 dozen dinner rolls: $3.73 (up 22%)

Local shoppers say they’re still trying to hold on to their holiday traditions.

“If we buy big groceries it could be $300,” said Pamela Savini. “We’re just going to roll with it and do the best we can.”

“Things have crept up a bit but not to the point where it would stop me from buying things I enjoy,” said Mr. Allen, another shopper.

You can expect high prices if you’re flying or driving this holiday season. According to AAA, despite high gas and plane ticket prices, travel is back to pre-pandemic levels.

Nick Chabarria, spokesperson for AAA says average hotel costs are up eight percent compared to 2021.

“We know there’s a lot of pent-up demand for travel right now. You know, thinking back, this is the first Thanksgiving in the last couple of years that there really hasn’t been a conversation around COVID,” he said.

Experts provide the following spending tips for the holiday season:

  • Shop deals and book travel as soon as you can
  • Try to avoid big purchases with high interest including vehicles and appliances
  • According to Terrell, eating at home is up 11 %, if you’re eating out it’s going to cost you even more
  • Booking early morning has less of a chance of running into weather delays or other delays or cancelations
  • Create and stick to a holiday budget