SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (CBS.MW) -- Let's talk turkey about deflation. The cost of Americans' traditional Thanksgiving dinner has fallen this year, and there's been little change in the average meal cost since 1994.
The price to purchase and prepare a traditional turkey dinner is $3.18 a person, down 2 cents from 2001, according to the Associated Food Dealers of Michigan.
The figures are based on a standard turkey dinner for 10 and includes all the traditional trimmings: stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, green salad, fruit salad, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie.
"This year stores are particularly price conscious," said Michael Sarafa, president of the food dealers association. "We're seeing steep price incentives, like turkey for 29 cents a pound." Sarafa noted that some stores even offer free turkeys with additional purchases.
Costs for a 14-pound turkey, stuffing mix and mashed potatoes were higher this year than last. But yams, cranberry sauce, salad and pumpkin pie were all less expensive.
(this seems awfully cheap: turkey @ 29 cents a pound can't be a good ecological event)