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Thanksgiving meals could cost less this year

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Your Thanksgiving dinner could cost you less this year.

A new survey shows prices have fallen for many popular dishes, but not everyone will cook. Some will order out.

Shoppers are hitting the aisles looking for a bargain Thanksgiving dinner.

"A week and a half before maybe, almost two weeks, this is the time to buy everything," said Jackie Deroos, a shopper.

A new Wisconsin Farm Bureau survey shows many prices are falling.

This year's dinner is estimated to cost about $48.40.

That's a 48 cent drop from last year.

"I buy a couple of weeks before thanksgiving, ok, and I check out the flyers," said Deroos.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau said the cost of a 16-pound turkey is down by 30 cents.

Customers said they've noticed the difference.

According to the survey, items like pumpkin pie mix, cranberries and turkey are all lower.

"They seem to be on sale like two or three weeks before," said Deroos.

Meanwhile, stores like Hanke's Sentry Foods in Wittenberg are stocking up to meet demand.

"Had a few special orders this year that we didn't have last year," said Keith Diers, Hanke's Sentry Foods Assistant Manager.

Stores are also selling prepared meals. So are restaurants like 2510 in Wausau.

"Just taking that fuss out of doing all the work and being able to enjoy each other's company," said Rhonda Feck, 2510 Restaurant Manager.

But it comes at a higher cost.

A prepared meal at Hanke's Sentry Foods runs at about $70.

A family-sized meal from 2510 Restaurant can cost more than $100.

"Being able to visit with other people, I think that's priceless all on it's own," said Feck.

In the meantime, shoppers are searching for the best deal, before making any decisions.

Store managers said they expect the big "Thanksgiving dinner rush" to start early next week.

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