Thanksgiving inflation shifts buyers to chicken

Inflation is forcing hungry Big Apple shoppers to celebrate it on Thanksgiving, and some tell the Post they’ll be gorging on chicken because turkey is just too expensive.

“I’m going to buy boiled chicken, which they usually sell for $5 or $7,” sighed Osvaldo Baez, 62, who has a steady income and has always celebrated Thanksgiving with turkey.

At Key Food in the East Village, where The Post found Baez shopping, a 16-pound ball of butter cost $1.99 a pound — after spending an additional $75 on groceries.

“All these companies are making money, billions and billions and billions, and they’re still raising the prices on all the items,” he shrieked. “And the government is allowing it — they’re fully aware of that.”

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual survey, a holiday spread of 12 items for 10 people is valued at a whopping $64.05 this year, up 20 percent from $53.31 last year.

grilled chicken
Baez said he will be serving fried chicken instead of expensive turkey at his Thanksgiving feast.
Helayne Seidman for the NY Post

Frozen turkeys included in the survey cost $1.81 per pound in mid-to-late October, up 21 percent from last year, partly due to a smaller flock this year and more expensive feed costs.

Among other price jumps: Cube filling costs $3.88 for a 14-ounce box, up from $2.29 last year, while a pack of two pie shells shot up 77 cents to $3.68.

Weary shoppers said the Biden administration’s lavish spending was to blame for its sudden bout of fiscal turmoil.

Many Thanksgiving staples have skyrocketed in price since last year.
Many Thanksgiving staples have skyrocketed in price since last year.
A woman bagging potatoes in a grocery store.
The cost of Thanksgiving dinner has increased by 20 percent this year, according to a survey.
Helayne Seidman for the NY Post

“We’ve spent too much money as a government, that’s the problem,” complains Jim Bitros, 74. “There is no such thing as free money and you have to find that out at some point.”

“Now who’s in administration?” rhetorically fumed a 62-year-old accountant, adding that eggs are $10. “That was not the case before.”

“I’m disgusted,” she added. “I can’t save anything. I can’t save a bit that I went on vacation earlier.”

The president said last month he was trying to help families deal with the fact that Thanksgiving “costs a lot” of money at an event announcing efforts to curb banks’ “junk fees.”

Denise Perez in a grocery store
Shoppers say they’re in sticker shock over Thanksgiving food prices.
Helayne Seidman for the NY Post

These families are now getting a bad case of supermarket sticker shock.

“I heard about it, but now I’m seeing it with my own eyes,” exclaimed Denise Perez, 47, who was horrified to see roast pork for $1.49 a pound, 50 percent more than the usual price but also a higher-price Turkey and Vegetables.

“General inflation, which lowers consumer purchasing power, is a major factor contributing to the rise in the median cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner,” said AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan, who further linked the sky-high costs to supply chain problems and the war Ukraine. Thanksgiving inflation shifts buyers to chicken


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