Household paper products priced at $20 in 1997 $36.90 in 2020

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Prices for Household Paper Products, 1997-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for household paper products were 84.49% higher in 2020 versus 1997 (a $16.90 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2020: Household paper products experienced an average inflation rate of 2.70% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, household paper products costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $36.90 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.09% during this same period, inflation for household paper products was higher.

Price Inflation for Household paper products since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2008 (8.33%), 2000 (7.93%), and 2009 (6.28%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Household paper products:

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
CPI 100.000 102.715 105.462 113.823 118.677 119.200 117.238 120.785 125.385 131.977 135.555 146.845 156.070 158.023 161.732 167.842 170.277 170.275 169.170 169.173 168.701 169.600 175.507 184.485

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Buying power of $20 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Household paper products, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1997 $20.00 -
1998 $20.54 2.72%
1999 $21.09 2.67%
2000 $22.76 7.93%
2001 $23.74 4.26%
2002 $23.84 0.44%
2003 $23.45 -1.65%
2004 $24.16 3.02%
2005 $25.08 3.81%
2006 $26.40 5.26%
2007 $27.11 2.71%
2008 $29.37 8.33%
2009 $31.21 6.28%
2010 $31.60 1.25%
2011 $32.35 2.35%
2012 $33.57 3.78%
2013 $34.06 1.45%
2014 $34.06 0.00%
2015 $33.83 -0.65%
2016 $33.83 0.00%
2017 $33.74 -0.28%
2018 $33.92 0.53%
2019 $35.10 3.48%
2020 $36.90 5.12%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for household paper products, 1997-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Household paper products was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 184.485 in 2020:

184.485 / 100.000 * $20 = $36.90

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $36.90 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Household paper products).


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

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