Limited service meals and snacks priced at $20 in 2018 $20.51 in 2019

Limited Service Meals And Snacks Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Limited Service Meals And Snacks, 2018-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for limited service meals and snacks were 2.53% higher in 2019 versus 2018 (a $0.51 difference in value).

Between 2018 and 2019: Limited service meals and snacks experienced an average inflation rate of 2.53% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, limited service meals and snacks costing $20 in the year 2018 would cost $20.51 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.70% during this same period, inflation for limited service meals and snacks was higher.

Price Inflation for Limited service meals and snacks since 2018

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: and 2019 (2.53%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Limited service meals and snacks:

Year 2018 2019
CPI 176.582 181.049

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Buying power of $20 since 2018

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Limited service meals and snacks, over time, for $20 beginning in 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2018 $20.00 -
2019 $20.51 2.53%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for limited service meals and snacks, 2018-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 2018 * 2018 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Limited service meals and snacks was 176.582 in the year 2018 and 181.049 in 2019:

181.049 / 176.582 * $20 = $20.51

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2018 has the same "purchasing power" as $20.51 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Limited service meals and snacks).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Limited service meals and snacks in 2018. In addition to limited service meals and snacks, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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