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How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1990 Vs. 2020

April 10, 2020 7.6k votes 1.1k voters 93.9k 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
    Beef
    692
    221

    1990: $2.81/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.69

    2020: $4.35/lb

  • 2
    Cheese
    415
    128

    1990: $3.50/lb (cheddar)

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $7.09

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar)

  • 3
    Apples
    398
    122

    1990: $0.72/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.46

    2020: $1.30/lb

  • 4
    Rice
    354
    102

    1990: $0.50/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.01

    2020: $0.73/lb

  • 5
    Pork
    488
    170

    1990: $2.13/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $4.32

    2020: $3.41/lb

  • 6
    Dozen Eggs

    1990: $1.01/dozen

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.05

    2020: $1.52/dozen

  • 7
    Sugar
    294
    90

    1990: $0.40/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.81

    2020: $0.59/lb

  • 8
    Oranges
    292
    112

    1990: $0.57/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.15

    2020: $1.17/lb

  • 9
    Milk
    448
    202

    1990: $1.42/half gallon

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.88

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

  • 10
    Corn flakes

    1990: $1.56/18oz box

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $3.16

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

  • 11
    Flour
    212
    74

    1990: $1.25/5 lbs

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.53

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

  • 12
    Bread
    192
    74

    1990: $0.70/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.42

    2020: $1.37/lb

  • 13
    Doritos Nacho Cheese

    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
    Lemons
    162
    70

    1990: $1.07/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.17

    2020: $1.95/lb

  • 15
    Potatoes
    220
    137

    1990: $3.38/10 lbs

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.85

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

  • 16
    Lettuce
    152
    91

    1990: $0.60/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.22

    2020: $1.24/lb