Household paper products priced at $20 in 2000 $29.72 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Household paper products

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Prices for Household Paper Products, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for household paper products were 48.62% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $9.72 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Household paper products experienced an average inflation rate of 2.23% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, household paper products costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $29.72 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for household paper products was higher.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 7.93%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for household paper products during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for household paper products was much higher.

Price Inflation for Household paper products since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2008 (8.33%), 2000 (7.93%), and 2009 (6.28%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Household paper products:

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 100.000 102.715 105.462 113.823 118.677 119.200 117.238 120.785 125.385 131.977 135.555 146.845 156.070 158.023 161.732 167.842 170.277 170.275 169.170 169.173 168.701 169.161

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Household paper products, 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 7.93%
2001 $20.85 4.26%
2002 $20.94 0.44%
2003 $20.60 -1.65%
2004 $21.22 3.02%
2005 $22.03 3.81%
2006 $23.19 5.26%
2007 $23.82 2.71%
2008 $25.80 8.33%
2009 $27.42 6.28%
2010 $27.77 1.25%
2011 $28.42 2.35%
2012 $29.49 3.78%
2013 $29.92 1.45%
2014 $29.92 0.00%
2015 $29.73 -0.65%
2016 $29.73 0.00%
2017 $29.64 -0.28%
2018 $29.72 0.27%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for household paper products, 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 Household paper products was 113.823 in the year 2000 and 169.161 in 2018:

169.161 / 113.823 * $20 = $29.72

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $29.72 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Household paper products).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Household paper products in 1997. In addition to household paper products, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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