Thanksgiving can cost you a few bucks – and so does rent in South Carolina.
But what if you could get away with paying your rent in turkey dinners? Well, Apartment List, a real estate website, wondered the same thing.
The company published its “Turkey Index” on Friday, which calculates how much it would cost renters to pay their rent if they paid it in Thanksgiving meals. The estimate is based on the average rent and grocery prices, adjusted to the city’s cost-of-living.
On average, a Thanksgiving meal – including the turkey, stuffing, a vegetable, mashed potatoes and apple pie – costs consumers in the U.S. $63.84, according to Apartment List.
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In South Carolina, a turkey dinner ranges between $66.40 and $68.32, averaging about $67.36. Taking into account that the average two-bedroom apartment in Columbia goes for about $970, then it would cost around 14 Thanksgiving dinners to pay for your rent in Columbia.
The exchange is slightly cheaper in Greenville, where rents have taken a dip to $830 for two bedrooms in the last year. To pay your rent in Greenville it would cost you 12.5 turkey meals.
But Charlestonians are likely to cry ‘fowl’ over how many turkey dinners it would cost them. Because rent for a two-bedroom apartment costs about $1,100, renters would have to give up about 16 turkey dinners.
And where’s the costliest turkey-rent exchange? San Francisco, Calif., coming in at nearly 38.5 turkeys. In fact, California takes the top two slots, with San Jose, Calif., trailing San Francisco. New York is the third priciest exchange with 32 turkeys.
Cynthia Roldán: @CynthiaRoldan