Food prices soar ahead of Thanksgiving, what shoppers have to say

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Thanksgiving for some may be a bit pricier this year. According to market research reports from, IRI, predictions show that your Thanksgiving meal will cost about 13.5% more compared to last year, based on how retail prices in the four weeks through October compared to the same period in 2021. Cost estimates were from items including turkey and other meat, baking essentials, beverages and popular side dishes. People in Duluth are of no exception in feeling the financial crunch of this Thanksgiving season.

“It’s the prices, the cost of living has gone high on food. And it’s kind of hard for some people. If I see somebody that’s in need and if I got the money, I’ll help them out a little bit. But it’s gotten ridiculously high, you know,” says Rudy, a retired Duluthian.

It’s no shock that Thanksgiving feasts are expected to be more expensive this year given how high grocery prices have been overall. For shoppers it’s important to know what’s coming.  In the same breath, there is some relief in the grocery aisle nevertheless. Grocery chains like Aldi and Lidl have marketing campaigns geared at low prices on some Thanksgiving foods this year.

“I will say if it really comes down to watching your dollars and cents. Try to plan around, if you’re planning your meals around we’ve noticed that you can shop for a family of three or four well under 100 bucks a week at certain stores,” says Bret Hucka, a father in Duluth.

So, have you started your Thanksgiving shopping?