Full service meals and snacks priced at $20 in 2000 $31.97 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Full service meals and snacks

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Prices for Full Service Meals And Snacks, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for full service meals and snacks were 59.84% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $11.97 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Full service meals and snacks experienced an average inflation rate of 2.64% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, full service meals and snacks costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $31.97 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for full service meals and snacks was higher.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 2.46%, which is below the average yearly change for full service meals and snacks during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for full service meals and snacks was lower.

Price Inflation for Full service meals and snacks since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2008 (4.01%), 2007 (3.56%), and 2001 (3.20%).

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

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 100.000 101.515 104.277 106.838 110.262 112.962 115.262 118.385 121.885 125.723 130.203 135.422 139.223 141.064 144.371 148.142 151.465 155.269 159.394 163.125 167.059 170.773

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Full service meals and snacks, 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 2.46%
2001 $20.64 3.20%
2002 $21.15 2.45%
2003 $21.58 2.04%
2004 $22.16 2.71%
2005 $22.82 2.96%
2006 $23.54 3.15%
2007 $24.37 3.56%
2008 $25.35 4.01%
2009 $26.06 2.81%
2010 $26.41 1.32%
2011 $27.03 2.34%
2012 $27.73 2.61%
2013 $28.35 2.24%
2014 $29.07 2.51%
2015 $29.84 2.66%
2016 $30.54 2.34%
2017 $31.27 2.41%
2018 $31.97 2.22%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for full service meals and snacks, 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 Full service meals and snacks was 106.838 in the year 2000 and 170.773 in 2018:

170.773 / 106.838 * $20 = $31.97

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $31.97 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Full service meals and snacks).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Full service meals and snacks in 1997. In addition to full 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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