Snacks priced at $20 in 1977 $79.31 in 2020

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Prices for Snacks, 1977-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for snacks were 296.57% higher in 2020 versus 1977 (a $59.31 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2020: Snacks experienced an average inflation rate of 3.26% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, snacks costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $79.31 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.43% during this same period, inflation for snacks was lower.

Price Inflation for Snacks since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (14.88%), 1979 (11.63%), and 1980 (11.49%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Snacks:

Year 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 62.900 64.885 72.431 80.754 92.769 96.354 99.831 103.831 107.254 110.892 115.446 118.869 126.123 129.615 133.100 133.062 135.754 138.615 142.554 148.592 154.600 156.408 160.415 166.300 169.000 168.685 173.085 173.685 178.500 181.223 184.915 199.824 213.232 216.617 224.252 238.786 242.831 244.300 250.583 252.245 251.760 253.385 251.846 249.442

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Buying power of $20 since 1977

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

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1977 $20.00 -
1978 $20.63 3.16%
1979 $23.03 11.63%
1980 $25.68 11.49%
1981 $29.50 14.88%
1982 $30.64 3.86%
1983 $31.74 3.61%
1984 $33.01 4.01%
1985 $34.10 3.30%
1986 $35.26 3.39%
1987 $36.71 4.11%
1988 $37.80 2.97%
1989 $40.10 6.10%
1990 $41.21 2.77%
1991 $42.32 2.69%
1992 $42.31 -0.03%
1993 $43.16 2.02%
1994 $44.07 2.11%
1995 $45.33 2.84%
1996 $47.25 4.24%
1997 $49.16 4.04%
1998 $49.73 1.17%
1999 $51.01 2.56%
2000 $52.88 3.67%
2001 $53.74 1.62%
2002 $53.64 -0.19%
2003 $55.03 2.61%
2004 $55.23 0.35%
2005 $56.76 2.77%
2006 $57.62 1.53%
2007 $58.80 2.04%
2008 $63.54 8.06%
2009 $67.80 6.71%
2010 $68.88 1.59%
2011 $71.30 3.52%
2012 $75.93 6.48%
2013 $77.21 1.69%
2014 $77.68 0.61%
2015 $79.68 2.57%
2016 $80.21 0.66%
2017 $80.05 -0.19%
2018 $80.57 0.65%
2019 $80.08 -0.61%
2020 $79.31 -0.95%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for snacks, 1977-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Snacks was 62.900 in the year 1977 and 249.442 in 2020:

249.442 / 62.900 * $20 = $79.31

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $79.31 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Snacks).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Snacks in 1977. In addition to 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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