Dishes and flatware priced at $20 in 1999 $9.45 in 2021

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Prices for Dishes And Flatware, 1999-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for dishes and flatware were 52.75% lower in 2021 versus 1999 (a $10.55 difference in value).

Between 1999 and 2021: Dishes and flatware experienced an average inflation rate of -3.35% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, dishes and flatware costing $20 in the year 1999 would cost $9.45 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for dishes and flatware was significantly lower.

In the year 1999: Pricing changed by -2.08%, which is above the average yearly change for dishes and flatware during the 1999-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1999 (2.19%), inflation for dishes and flatware was much lower.

Price Inflation for Dishes and flatware since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2012 (-8.31%), 2018 (-7.93%), and 2006 (-6.80%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Dishes and flatware:

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
CPI 100.000 102.131 100.008 97.085 93.215 88.900 85.608 85.115 83.654 77.962 73.655 73.301 72.516 69.008 65.213 59.794 58.552 56.159 55.672 53.826 52.798 48.611 48.034 47.555 47.253

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Buying power of $20 since 1999

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Dishes and flatware, over time, for $20 beginning in 1999. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1999 $20.00 -2.08%
2000 $19.42 -2.92%
2001 $18.64 -3.99%
2002 $17.78 -4.63%
2003 $17.12 -3.70%
2004 $17.02 -0.58%
2005 $16.73 -1.72%
2006 $15.59 -6.80%
2007 $14.73 -5.52%
2008 $14.66 -0.48%
2009 $14.50 -1.07%
2010 $13.80 -4.84%
2011 $13.04 -5.50%
2012 $11.96 -8.31%
2013 $11.71 -2.08%
2014 $11.23 -4.09%
2015 $11.13 -0.87%
2016 $10.76 -3.32%
2017 $10.56 -1.91%
2018 $9.72 -7.93%
2019 $9.61 -1.19%
2020 $9.51 -1.00%
2021 $9.45 -0.64%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for dishes and flatware, 1999-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1999 * 1999 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Dishes and flatware was 100.008 in the year 1999 and 47.253 in 2021:

47.253 / 100.008 * $20 = $9.45

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1999 has the same "purchasing power" as $9.45 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Dishes and flatware).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Dishes and flatware in 1997. In addition to dishes and flatware, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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