What it costs to cook a Thanksgiving meal

"We have actually almost doubled our holiday packs this year from last year."

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 8:31 PM
Updated: Nov 21, 2017 7:03 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa- For the past week, food service director Michelle Rugger at Hy-Vee West has received a high volume of orders for their pre-made holiday meals.

"We have actually almost doubled our holiday packs this year from last year, and I think it's because of the convenience. We're all busy because of the holidays: I have four children myself so I know how busy it is,” says Rugger.

The family turkey traditional feast dinner at Hy-Vee includes a turkey, 48 ounces of turkey gravy, 2 large sides of mashed potatoes, 4 large sides of your choice and 24 bakery fresh dinner rolls for the price of $129.99.

Clear Lake resident Jan Purcell is preparing her own Thanksgiving meal.

"We get the turkey and we usually buy fresh turkey. We get mashed potatoes, stuffing vegetable trays and pies,” says Purcell.

The price of one turkey is about $52, 12 packs of Idaho potatoes will cost $15 and two jars of gravy for $6 , which is roughly about $75.

"We serve 15 people and we probably spent about $120 for the meal and we will use it for leftovers and we freeze them the turkey."

While it seems like Purcell will be saving more money to cook her own holiday meal, Rugger says shoppers won’t have to worry about the hassle of cooking.

"Just taking the time away from actually having to cook this packet you pick it up and heat it up and you can have it cold that's also an option."

As for Purcell, she says shopping for items that are also on sale helps keep them within their budget.

"The gas card is a really big thing for us if I need something and I see there is 10 cent off a gallon, I buy it, and Hy-Vee seems to run really good deals for Thanksgiving and I that why we come here."

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