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Thanksgiving food costs soar, local shoppers preparing for the holiday

Some shoppers are hitting multiple stores to find the best deals, and the last-minute hunt for the lowest cost on all the fixings starts now.

GLASTONBURY, Conn. — Thanksgiving is just two days away and unfortunately, inflation is on the menu this year.

Some shoppers are hitting multiple stores to find the best deals, and the last-minute hunt for the lowest cost on all the fixings starts now.

"Everything is too expensive," said one shopper in Glastonbury.  

It's called sticker shock; take an item from the shelf, look at the price, and that price is more than you remember paying last year. 

"Definitely a lot higher this year than last year," said Linda Sivo from South Glastonbury. 

Unfortunately, inflation is that key item on the menu this Thanksgiving, forcing some shoppers to carve out new changes to the table on Thursday. 

"Veal instead of a turkey," said one shopper.

"Why this year?" asked FOX61 News.

"Turkey is too expensive," the shopper replied. "Fresh turkey is $4 a pound."

At Highland Park Market in Glastonbury, the isles are crowded with people looking for those last-minute fixings and deals. 

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"I got potatoes, stuffing, and green beans, squash and asparagus," said Tom Parker of Wethersfield. 

"The stores have been crazy anyway this time of year and it’s exciting because families are back together again which is awesome," said Molly Devanney with Highland Park Market.  

The high costs are something the market keeps in mind, trying to make the big meal as affordable as possible for families. 

"It’s been tough because we’re trying to compete and do the best we can with pricing for people," said Devanney. "People are doing everything they can so we’re trying to do everything we can because they’re having bigger Thanksgivings this year, so we’re trying to do the best for sale items."

That includes a sale on those favorite sides, like cranberry sauce, rolls and green beans. 

"Any value we can do we work with the vendors on that to pass it to customers this holiday season," said Devanney. 

For some shoppers, family time is worth whatever price is on that sticker. 

"I’m kind of rolling with it, I figure it’s once of year so I’m still trying to make it special," said Sivo. 

"I’s very, very hard. It’s difficult, it is challenging, but we’re all in it together and hopefully will figure it all out," said Parker. 

The good news is those fixings wont be as hard to find as in 2020 and 2021.

But make sure to bring patience to the stores because they are busy with shoppers and workers are working as hard and as fast as they can. 

Lindsey Kane is a reporter at FOX61 News. She can be reached at Lkane@fox61.com. Follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram


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