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Gobble gulp: Arizona Thanksgiving meal cost up slightly in 2015

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PHOENIX — It will cost Arizona families a few more dollars this year to put a Thanksgiving feast on the table.

Julie Murphree with the Arizona Farm Bureau said the cost of the meal is up 3.5 percent over last year.

“For the family of 10, it’s going to be $4.78 per person, so that’s really a good deal when it comes to your Thanksgiving Day meal, even though we’ve seen that 3.5 percent increase,” she said.

The bureau’s cost estimate factored in several holiday staples.

“It’s representative of a typical Thanksgiving meal,” she said. “We price cube stuffing, obviously a turkey, pumpkin pie mix, pie shells, sweet potatoes.”

Speaking of sweet potatoes, they have the highest price increase of the meal: Three pounds of the tasty yams will cost 85 cents more over last year.

The bureau also priced out an organic Thanksgiving dinner. It said the meal would be more than twice the price of non-organic at $98.03. A 16-pound organic turkey alone, priced about $54.72, would be more than the entire non-organic meal.

KTAR’s Lauren Grifo contributed to this report.

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