Special Report

Cost of a Thanksgiving Meal the Year You Were Born

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1977
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $14.27
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $6.51
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $2.48
> Football results: Chicago Bears (31), Detroit Lions (14)

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1978
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $15.98
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $7.28
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $2.78
> Football results: Detroit Lions (17), Denver Broncos (14)

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1979
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $17.45
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $7.96
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $3.03
> Football results: Detroit Lions (20), Chicago Bears (0)

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1980
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $19.39
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $8.84
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $3.37
> Football results: Chicago Bears (23), Detroit Lions (17)

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1981
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $20.04
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $9.14
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $3.48
> Football results: Detroit Lions (27), Kansas City Chiefs (10)

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1982
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $20.59
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $9.39
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $3.58
> Football results: New York Giants (13), Detroit Lions (6)

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1983
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $20.82
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $9.49
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $3.62
> Football results: Detroit Lions (45), Pittsburgh Steelers (3)

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1984
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $21.62
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $9.86
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $3.76
> Football results: Detroit Lions (31), Green Bay Packers (28)

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1985
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $21.93
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $10.00
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $3.81
> Football results: Detroit Lions (31), New York Jets (20)

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1986
> Cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10: $28.74
> Cost of 16 lbs. turkey: $14.24
> Cost of 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, 14 oz. stuffing, and 12 oz. cranberries: $3.92
> Football results: Green Bay Packers (44), Detroit Lions (40)

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