According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for limited service meals and snacks were 5.83% higher in 2020 versus 2018 (a $1.17 difference in value).
Between 2018 and 2020: Limited service meals and snacks experienced an average inflation rate of 2.87% 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 $21.17 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.37% during this same period, inflation for limited service meals and snacks was higher.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Limited service meals and snacks:
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:
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