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Thanksgiving 2012: How much does the average Thanksgiving dinner cost?

A home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner remains recession-friendly -- at least if you believe the American Farm Bureau Federation. This year, the average cost of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 is $49.48, according to the federation. That includes turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings.

Do you believe it?

Either the number is a little low...or I need to be more budget-conscious while shopping for Thanksgiving essentials. In the past few years, I've had a hand in cooking Thanksgiving dinner twice. Both times, I definitely spent more than $49.48 -- to serve about five people.

How much will you spend on Thanksgiving dinner?

Side note: If you're responsible for cooking on Thanksgiving, don't miss Dawn's helpful guide that includes a variety of kitchen tips.

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