Breakfast cereal priced at $20 in 1990 $34.98 in 2023

Breakfast Cereal Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Breakfast Cereal, 1990-2023 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for breakfast cereal are 74.92% higher in 2023 versus 1990 (a $14.98 difference in value).

Between 1990 and 2023: Breakfast cereal experienced an average inflation rate of 1.71% per year. In other words, breakfast cereal costing $20 in the year 1990 would cost $34.98 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.59% during this same period, inflation for breakfast cereal was lower.

In the year 1990: Pricing changed by 7.23%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for breakfast cereal during the 1990-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1990 (5.40%), 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 2022 (12.52%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1990

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Breakfast cereal, over time, for $20 beginning in 1990. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1990$20.007.23%
1991$21.216.03%
1992$22.134.35%
1993$23.124.47%
1994$24.044.00%
1995$24.280.99%
1996$23.97-1.29%
1997$23.65-1.34%
1998$23.961.31%
1999$24.622.78%
2000$24.971.41%
2001$25.190.86%
2002$25.611.68%
2003$25.770.64%
2004$25.67-0.39%
2005$25.680.02%
2006$25.22-1.79%
2007$25.862.55%
2008$26.763.48%
2009$27.472.64%
2010$27.14-1.17%
2011$28.183.82%
2012$28.772.10%
2013$28.73-0.16%
2014$28.860.47%
2015$28.980.42%
2016$28.66-1.11%
2017$28.35-1.10%
2018$27.83-1.81%
2019$27.980.53%
2020$28.351.32%
2021$29.062.51%
2022$32.7012.52%
2023$34.986.98%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year19771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023
CPI57.10060.76966.62376.33186.90894.80099.854105.338111.277117.246124.131132.938147.869158.562168.115175.423183.269190.600192.492190.015187.469189.931195.215197.962199.669203.023204.315203.523203.562199.908205.014212.149217.745215.189223.415228.107227.752228.825229.784227.242224.739220.660221.819224.751230.401259.258277.348

Adjust breakfast cereal prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 1990 * 1990 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Breakfast cereal was 158.562 in the year 1990 and 277.348 in 2023:

277.348 / 158.562 * $20 = $34.98

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" as $34.98 in 2023 (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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