Greensboro, NC -- According to the American Farm Bureau, it costs about $50 to feed ten people turkey and all the fixin's. However, that statistic does not factor in the cost of your time.
Salary.com says a stay-at-home parent should earn about $23 an hour. If it takes that person eight hours to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal, that's an additional $184 dollars, which brings the cost of that Thanksgiving meal to $234.
How many of us grew up watching our moms, and grandmas working all day Thanksgiving right here in the kitchen? That's why local businesses say more and more people are walking away from the oven and turning to them for turkey.
"It takes a lot of the stress out of their thanksgiving planning...which can be very stressful during the holidays...so you don't have to fight with making ingredients from scratch, worrying about overcooking or undercooking a turkey," Greensboro Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Jarrett Oliveri said.
Whole Foods charges about $130 to serve 10 to 12 people. A meal serving 6-8 people sells for $99. The Whole Foods meal includes fresh, free-range turkeys that are never frozen. The meal must be ordered by Wednesday.
Lowe's Foods offers a Thanksgiving meal for 10 for $45. Harris Teeter charges about $50.
Chris Vergith manages a Bojangles in Greensboro. If you love fried turkey, Bojangles will fry one for you for $40.
"It's a no-brainer, really. If you don't want to deal with the clean-up of frying your own turkey or even preparing a traditionally baked turkey, this is the way to go," Vergith said.
Every one of those options, when you factor in the time spent preparing a meal, is a lot cheaper than preparing the meal yourself.
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