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Thanksgiving holiday inflation shifts shoppers to chicken

Inflation is forcing hungry Big Apple shoppers to fly out for Thanksgiving, with some telling the Post they’ll gobble up chicken because turkey is just too expensive.

“I’m going to buy cooked chicken that they usually sell for $5 or $7,” sighs Osvaldo Baez, 62, who is on a fixed income and has always celebrated Thanksgiving with turkey.

At Key Food in the East Village, where The Post found Baez shopping, a 16-pound Butterball was $1.99 a pound – after spending $75 more on groceries.

“All these companies are making money, billions and billions and billions, and they are always inflating the prices of all the items,” he shouted. “And the government allows it – they are fully aware of that.”

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual survey, distributing 12 items to 10 people is expected to cost $64.05 this year, up 20% from $53.31 last year.

Baez said he would serve roast chicken at his Thanksgiving feast instead of the expensive turkey.
Helayne Seidman for NY Post

Frozen turkeys included in the survey cost $1.81 a pound in mid to late October, a jump of 21% from last year, partly due to a smaller flock this year and higher feed costs.

Among other price spikes: Cubed stuffing is $3.88 for a 14-ounce can versus $2.29 last year, while a two-pack of pie crusts soared from 77 cents to 3, $68.

Weary shoppers said the Biden administration’s outsized spending was to blame for their sudden case of fiscal turmoil.

The price of many Thanksgiving staples has skyrocketed since last year.
The price of many Thanksgiving staples has skyrocketed since last year.
A woman bagging potatoes in a grocery store.
The cost of Thanksgiving meals has jumped 20% this year, according to a survey.
Helayne Seidman for NY Post

“We spent too much money as a government, which is the problem,” said Jim Bitros, 74. “Free money does not exist and you have to find out at some point.”

“Who’s in administration now?” a 62-year-old accountant was seething with rhetoric, adding that eggs cost $10. “It wasn’t like this before.”

“I’m disgusted,” she added. “I can’t save anything. I can’t save a little that I used to go on vacation.

Last month, the president said he was trying to help families cope with the fact that Thanksgiving “costs a lot” of money at an event announcing efforts to reduce “unwanted banking fees”.

Denise Perez in a grocery store
Shoppers say they are shocked by Thanksgiving grocery prices.
Helayne Seidman for NY Post

These families are now having a bad case of shock with supermarket stickers.

“I heard about it, but now I see it with my own eyes,” cried Denise Perez, 47, who was appalled to see roast pork costing $1.49 a pound, 50% more than its usual price, as well as higher prices. – turkey and vegetables at price.

“General inflation which reduces consumers’ purchasing power is a significant factor contributing to the increase in the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year,” said AFBF Chief Economist Roger Cryan. which also linked the exorbitant costs to supply chain problems and the war in Ukraine.

New York Post

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