Inflation is forcing hungry Big Apple shoppers to celebrate Thanksgiving, with some telling The Post they’ll gobble up chicken because turkey is just too expensive.
“I’m going to buy cooked chicken, which they usually have on sale for $5 or $7,” sighed Osvaldo Baez, 62, who is on a steady income and has always celebrated Thanksgiving with turkey.
At Key Food in the East Village, where The Post found Baez shopping, a 16-pound Butterball cost $1.99 a pound — after spending an extra $75 on groceries.
“All these companies are making money, billions and billions and billions, and they’re still driving up the prices of all the items,” he screeched. “And the government is allowing it – they are fully aware of it.”
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual survey, a holiday spread of 12 items serving 10 people is estimated to bring in a whopping $64.05 this year, up 20 percent from $53.31 last year.
Frozen turkeys included in the study cost $1.81 per pound from mid to late October, up 21 percent from last year, due in part to a smaller herd this year and more expensive feed costs.
Among other price increases: Diced filling costs $3.88 for a 14-ounce box versus $2.29 last year, while a two-pack of pie shells skyrocketed 77 cents to $3.68.
Fed up buyers said the Biden administration’s riotous spending was to blame for their sudden case of fiscal agita.
“We spent too much money as a government, that’s the problem,” complained 74-year-old Jim Bitros. “There’s no such thing as free money and you have to figure that out at some point.”
“Who is in administration now?” a 62-year-old bookkeeper rhetorically boiled down, adding that eggs cost $10. “It wasn’t like that before.”
“It disgusts me,” she added. ‘I can’t save anything. I can’t spare a bit that I used to go on vacation.”
The president said last month he is trying to help families deal with the fact that Thanksgiving costs “a lot” of money at an event announcing efforts to curb banks’ “junk fees.”
Those families are now getting a serious case of supermarket sticker shock.
“I heard about it, but now I see it with my own eyes,” exclaimed 47-year-old Denise Perez, who was shocked to see roast pork cost $1.49 a pound, 50 percent more than the usual price. in addition to higher-priced turkey and veggies.
“Global inflation lowering consumers’ purchasing power is a major contributing factor to the increase in the average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner,” said AFBF chief economist Roger Cryan, who additionally linked the skyrocketing cost. with supply chain issues and the war in China. Ukraine.