Breakfast cereal priced at $20 in 1980 $58.89 in 2020

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Prices for Breakfast Cereal, 1980-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for breakfast cereal were 194.44% higher in 2020 versus 1980 (a $38.89 difference in value).

Between 1980 and 2020: Breakfast cereal experienced an average inflation rate of 2.74% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, breakfast cereal costing $20 in the year 1980 would cost $58.89 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.90% during this same period, inflation for breakfast cereal was lower.

In the year 1980: Pricing changed by 14.57%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for breakfast cereal during the 1980-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1980 (13.55%), inflation for breakfast cereal was higher.

Price Inflation for Breakfast cereal since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (14.57%), 1981 (13.86%), and 1989 (11.23%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Breakfast cereal:

Year 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 57.100 60.769 66.623 76.331 86.908 94.800 99.854 105.338 111.277 117.246 124.131 132.938 147.869 158.562 168.115 175.423 183.269 190.600 192.492 190.015 187.469 189.931 195.215 197.962 199.669 203.023 204.315 203.523 203.562 199.908 205.014 212.149 217.745 215.189 223.415 228.107 227.752 228.825 229.784 227.242 224.739 220.660 221.819 224.751

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Buying power of $20 since 1980

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Breakfast cereal, over time, for $20 beginning in 1980. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1980 $20.00 14.57%
1981 $22.77 13.86%
1982 $24.84 9.08%
1983 $26.16 5.33%
1984 $27.60 5.49%
1985 $29.16 5.64%
1986 $30.72 5.36%
1987 $32.52 5.87%
1988 $34.83 7.10%
1989 $38.74 11.23%
1990 $41.55 7.23%
1991 $44.05 6.03%
1992 $45.96 4.35%
1993 $48.02 4.47%
1994 $49.94 4.00%
1995 $50.44 0.99%
1996 $49.79 -1.29%
1997 $49.12 -1.34%
1998 $49.77 1.31%
1999 $51.15 2.78%
2000 $51.87 1.41%
2001 $52.32 0.86%
2002 $53.20 1.68%
2003 $53.53 0.64%
2004 $53.33 -0.39%
2005 $53.34 0.02%
2006 $52.38 -1.79%
2007 $53.72 2.55%
2008 $55.59 3.48%
2009 $57.05 2.64%
2010 $56.38 -1.17%
2011 $58.54 3.82%
2012 $59.77 2.10%
2013 $59.67 -0.16%
2014 $59.96 0.47%
2015 $60.21 0.42%
2016 $59.54 -1.11%
2017 $58.89 -1.10%
2018 $57.82 -1.81%
2019 $58.12 0.53%
2020 $58.89 1.32%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for breakfast cereal, 1980-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1980 * 1980 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Breakfast cereal was 76.331 in the year 1980 and 224.751 in 2020:

224.751 / 76.331 * $20 = $58.89

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1980 has the same "purchasing power" as $58.89 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Breakfast cereal).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Breakfast cereal in 1977. In addition to breakfast cereal, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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