Limited service meals and snacks priced at $20 in 2019 $20.53 in 2020

Limited Service Meals And Snacks Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Limited Service Meals And Snacks, 2019-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for limited service meals and snacks were 2.65% higher in 2020 versus 2019 (a $0.53 difference in value).

Between 2019 and 2020: Limited service meals and snacks experienced an average inflation rate of 2.65% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, limited service meals and snacks costing $20 in the year 2019 would cost $20.53 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 0.93% during this same period, inflation for limited service meals and snacks was higher.

In the year 2019: Pricing changed by 3.10%, which is above the average yearly change for limited service meals and snacks during the 2019-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2019 (1.81%), 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: 2019 (3.10%), and 2020 (2.65%).

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

Year 2018 2019 2020
CPI 176.582 182.053 186.872

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Buying power of $20 since 2019

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Limited service meals and snacks, over time, for $20 beginning in 2019. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2019 $20.00 3.10%
2020 $20.53 2.65%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for limited service meals and snacks, 2019-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 2019 * 2019 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Limited service meals and snacks was 182.053 in the year 2019 and 186.872 in 2020:

186.872 / 182.053 * $20 = $20.53

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2019 has the same "purchasing power" as $20.53 in 2020 (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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