Household paper products priced at $20 in 1997 $41.78 in 2022

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Prices for Household Paper Products, 1997-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for household paper products are 108.90% higher in 2022 versus 1997 (a $21.78 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2022: Household paper products experienced an average inflation rate of 2.99% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, household paper products costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $41.78 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.40% during this same period, inflation for household paper products was 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 2022 (7.69%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Household paper products, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1997$20.00-
1998$20.542.72%
1999$21.092.67%
2000$22.767.93%
2001$23.744.26%
2002$23.840.44%
2003$23.45-1.65%
2004$24.163.02%
2005$25.083.81%
2006$26.405.26%
2007$27.112.71%
2008$29.378.33%
2009$31.216.28%
2010$31.601.25%
2011$32.352.35%
2012$33.573.78%
2013$34.061.45%
2014$34.060.00%
2015$33.83-0.65%
2016$33.830.00%
2017$33.74-0.28%
2018$33.920.53%
2019$35.103.48%
2020$37.155.84%
2021$38.804.43%
2022$41.787.69%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI100.000102.715105.462113.823118.677119.200117.238120.785125.385131.977135.555146.845156.070158.023161.732167.842170.277170.275169.170169.173168.701169.600175.507185.762193.985208.900

Adjust household paper products prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Household paper products was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 208.900 in 2022:

208.900 / 100.000 * $20 = $41.78

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $41.78 in 2022 (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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