Recreational reading materials priced at $20 in 1977 $89.99 in 2024

Recreational Reading Materials Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Recreational Reading Materials, 1977-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for recreational reading materials are 349.97% higher in 2024 versus 1977 (a $69.99 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2024: Recreational reading materials experienced an average inflation rate of 3.25% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, recreational reading materials costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $89.99 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.52% during this same period, inflation for recreational reading materials was lower.

Price Inflation for Recreational reading materials since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (10.90%), 1981 (10.58%), and 1982 (9.84%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Recreational reading materials, over time, for $20 beginning in 1977. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1977$20.00-
1978$20.582.90%
1979$22.137.53%
1980$24.5410.90%
1981$27.1410.58%
1982$29.819.84%
1983$31.977.23%
1984$33.013.26%
1985$34.975.94%
1986$36.534.45%
1987$37.753.35%
1988$39.274.00%
1989$40.934.23%
1990$43.025.11%
1991$45.726.29%
1992$47.674.25%
1993$49.353.54%
1994$50.973.28%
1995$53.124.21%
1996$55.744.93%
1997$56.561.47%
1998$58.172.86%
1999$58.801.07%
2000$59.491.17%
2001$60.491.68%
2002$61.852.26%
2003$62.400.89%
2004$63.561.86%
2005$64.431.36%
2006$64.880.70%
2007$65.510.97%
2008$66.982.24%
2009$69.603.91%
2010$69.720.18%
2011$69.39-0.48%
2012$70.741.94%
2013$73.293.61%
2014$74.782.03%
2015$76.051.69%
2016$76.04-0.01%
2017$76.320.37%
2018$77.821.97%
2019$80.753.76%
2020$84.354.46%
2021$86.472.52%
2022$89.944.00%
2023$90.240.34%
2024$89.99-0.27%*

* 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 Recreational reading materials:

Year197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI63.30065.13870.04677.68585.90094.354101.177104.477110.685115.615119.492124.277129.531136.154144.715150.862156.200161.331168.115176.408179.008184.123186.100188.285191.438195.769197.508201.177203.915205.338207.330211.981220.277220.671219.613223.884231.969236.675240.685240.665241.549246.308255.569266.970273.690284.650285.616284.832

Adjust recreational reading materials prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Recreational reading materials was 63.300 in the year 1977 and 284.832 in 2024:

284.832 / 63.300 * $20 = $89.99

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $89.99 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Recreational reading materials).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Recreational reading materials in 1977. In addition to recreational reading materials, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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