Breakfast cereal priced at $20 in 2000 $22.28 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Breakfast cereal

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Prices for Breakfast Cereal, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for breakfast cereal were 11.41% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $2.28 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Breakfast cereal experienced an average inflation rate of 0.60% per year. In other words, breakfast cereal costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $22.28 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for breakfast cereal was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 1.40%, which is above the average yearly change for breakfast cereal during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for breakfast cereal was lower.

Price Inflation for Breakfast cereal since 1992

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1993 (4.46%), 1994 (4.01%), and 2011 (3.82%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Breakfast cereal:

Year 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 175.442 183.258 190.600 192.492 190.008 187.425 189.917 195.225 197.958 199.667 203.025 204.317 203.525 203.558 199.908 205.014 212.149 217.745 215.189 223.415 228.107 227.752 228.825 229.784 227.242 224.738 220.541

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Breakfast cereal, over time, for $20 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $20.00 1.40%
2001 $20.17 0.86%
2002 $20.51 1.68%
2003 $20.64 0.64%
2004 $20.56 -0.39%
2005 $20.57 0.02%
2006 $20.20 -1.79%
2007 $20.71 2.55%
2008 $21.43 3.48%
2009 $22.00 2.64%
2010 $21.74 -1.17%
2011 $22.57 3.82%
2012 $23.05 2.10%
2013 $23.01 -0.16%
2014 $23.12 0.47%
2015 $23.22 0.42%
2016 $22.96 -1.11%
2017 $22.71 -1.10%
2018 $22.28 -1.87%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for breakfast cereal, 2000-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Breakfast cereal was 197.958 in the year 2000 and 220.541 in 2018:

220.541 / 197.958 * $20 = $22.28

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $22.28 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Breakfast cereal).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Breakfast cereal in 1992. In addition to breakfast cereal, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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