Travelers, Families Will Dig Deep This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year and this year will be no exception.
    
The American Automobile Association says Americans should expect to see more people on the roads this holiday.

AAA predicts 42.5 million people will travel this Thanksgiving -- a 4 percent increase from last year and the highest number of travelers since the start of the recession.

To make matters worse, prices are up on just about everything from fuel to food.

The Farm Bureau estimates the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is up 13 percent from last year.
    
Experts say rising fuel costs are to blame.  Gasoline is 50 percent more expensive than it was this time last year.
    
The high gas prices have increased the cost of all goods that need to be transported to store shelves.
    
Families traveling long distances will be hit the hardest in the pocketbook.
    
Airfare has risen 10 percent and hotel prices are up 5 percent.

"Typically, as you get closer to the holiday period, the travel prices do increase because it is such a compact travel weekend and travelers are going to be traveling over such a short period," explained Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for Orbitz.com.

Ways to Save
    
Experts say it may be too late to save much money this year. Still, there are things to keep in mind to ensure that next year's holiday is cheaper.

Remember to buy plane tickets at least a month early. The cheapest fares are usually found Tuesday afternoons after 3 p.m.

When it comes to the Thanksgiving meal, many of those items can be bought early.

For instance, non-perishable items are much cheaper before the Thanksgiving rush starts.

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