This is the second consecutive year that the overall price of a Thanksgiving dinner has declined across the U.S. It is the lowest level since 2013 and second-lowest level since 2011.
Based on surveys at grocery stores throughout Virginia, Farm Bureau found the average cost of a 16-pound turkey was $25.24, or a little more than $1.57 per pound. Although it is not $44.74, it is under $50, which was the goal.
Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for about $5.06 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.
The shopping list for AFBF's informal survey includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all enough to serve a family of 10.
The largest dinner feature, the traditional turkey averaging at 16 pounds, came to a total of $22.38 for 2017.
Turkeys are getting a little cheaper per pound, even as the price of pumpkins has increased slightly this year.
Declines in the average retail price for turkey, rolls and milk are the main drivers behind the decrease in the cost of the meal, said Dr. John Newton, director of market intelligence for AFBF.
"Even as America's family farmers and ranchers continue to face economic challenges, they remain committed to providing a safe, abundant and affordable food supply for consumers at Thanksgiving and throughout the year", Newton said in a statement.
Have you ever wondered how much that all costs?
The New York Farm Bureau reports that the average Thanskgiving Day dinner will cost almost 10 percent less than last year's year.
"The survey shows that food prices are extremely stable", Eckelberg said in the release.
New York Farm Bureau's volunteer shoppers sampled prices in different regions of the state trying to get the best prices available, but they do not use promotional coupons or special deals such as "buy one-get one free".