Last year, we got a price break on Thanksgiving dinner, but this year economic

factors are driving up prices in grocery stores.

"Food prices are on the rise," said market researcher Harry Balzer. "Thanksgiving

is reflective of what has been happening for the last half of the year. Last year,

it was a bargain to go to the supermarket and buy food."

The average cost of 15 items included in a typical Thanksgiving dinner is up

8 percent over 2009, totaling $53.64, up from $49.77 in November 2011.