Miscellaneous personal goods priced at $20 in 1998 $15.18 in 2020

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Prices for Miscellaneous Personal Goods, 1998-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for miscellaneous personal goods were 24.12% lower in 2020 versus 1998 (a $4.82 difference in value).

Between 1998 and 2020: Miscellaneous personal goods experienced an average inflation rate of -1.25% per year. In other words, miscellaneous personal goods costing $20 in the year 1998 would cost $15.18 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.11% during this same period, inflation for miscellaneous personal goods was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Miscellaneous personal goods since 1998

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2004 (-4.91%), 2018 (-3.49%), and 2016 (-3.05%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Miscellaneous personal goods:

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 100.642 98.892 96.242 94.933 94.092 92.100 87.575 86.058 86.350 87.070 88.451 88.661 87.694 86.449 86.057 84.808 84.273 81.836 79.337 77.742 75.029 74.314 76.371

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Buying power of $20 since 1998

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Miscellaneous personal goods, over time, for $20 beginning in 1998. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1998 $20.00 -
1999 $19.65 -1.74%
2000 $19.13 -2.68%
2001 $18.87 -1.36%
2002 $18.70 -0.89%
2003 $18.30 -2.12%
2004 $17.40 -4.91%
2005 $17.10 -1.73%
2006 $17.16 0.34%
2007 $17.30 0.83%
2008 $17.58 1.59%
2009 $17.62 0.24%
2010 $17.43 -1.09%
2011 $17.18 -1.42%
2012 $17.10 -0.45%
2013 $16.85 -1.45%
2014 $16.75 -0.63%
2015 $16.26 -2.89%
2016 $15.77 -3.05%
2017 $15.45 -2.01%
2018 $14.91 -3.49%
2019 $14.77 -0.95%
2020 $15.18 2.77%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for miscellaneous personal goods, 1998-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1998 * 1998 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Miscellaneous personal goods was 100.642 in the year 1998 and 76.371 in 2020:

76.371 / 100.642 * $20 = $15.18

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1998 has the same "purchasing power" as $15.18 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Miscellaneous personal goods).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Miscellaneous personal goods in 1998. In addition to miscellaneous personal goods, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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