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How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1990 Vs. 2020

April 10, 2020 8.4k votes 1.3k voters 106.7k views16 items

List RulesVote up the grocery store prices that make you surprisingly grateful for the present.

The 1990s was the era of grunge, independent films, and the dawning of the world wide web, but what was it like at the grocery store? For generations, people have commented on the rising cost of groceries, but when factoring in inflation, some items are actually cheaper today than they were in the 1990s. Food prices in 1990 were often similar to today's prices - which one would hope for since it wasn't all that long ago - though some items have actually come down in price in the past 30 years.

Have you ever wondered, “how much was a loaf of bread in the 1990s?” How about the price of eggs? This list will break down 1990 food prices by listing the average price back then, the 1990 price factoring in inflation – using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics's inflation calculator – and today's cost for the same items.

Vote up the grocery store items that you think have the best 2020 value and vote down any food that you'd rather go back in time to purchase.

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  • 1
    776
    269

    1990: $2.81/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.69

    2020: $4.35/lb

  • 2
    451
    140

    1990: $0.72/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.46

    2020: $1.30/lb

  • 3
    420
    131

    1990: $0.50/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.01

    2020: $0.73/lb

  • 4
    462
    151

    1990: $3.50/lb (cheddar)

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $7.09

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar)

  • 5
    528
    187

    1990: $2.13/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $4.32

    2020: $3.41/lb

  • 6
    342
    103

    1990: $0.40/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.81

    2020: $0.59/lb

  • 7

    1990: $1.01/dozen

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.05

    2020: $1.52/dozen

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    249
    80

    1990: $1.25/5 lbs

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.53

    2020: $0.44/lb or $2.20/5lb bag

  • 9

    1990: $1.56/18oz box

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $3.16

    2020: $3.64/24 oz box or $2.73/18 oz box

  • 10
    226
    78

    1990: $0.70/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.42

    2020: $1.37/lb

  • 11
    465
    218

    1990: $1.42/half gallon

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.88

    2020: $3.24/gallon or $1.62/half gallon

  • 12
    313
    131

    1990: $0.57/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.15

    2020: $1.17/lb

  • 13

    1990: $0.75 for a 2.1/8 ounce bag.

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.52

    2020: $1.48 for a 2 ounce bag

  • 14
    187
    78

    1990: $1.07/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.17

    2020: $1.95/lb

  • 15
    235
    142

    1990: $3.38/10 lbs

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.85

    2020: $0.75/lb or $7.50/10 lb bag

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    166
    102

    1990: $0.60/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.22

    2020: $1.24/lb