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How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1990 Vs. 2020

April 10, 2020 8.0k votes 1.2k voters 98.1k 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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  • Beef1
    731
    250

    1990: $2.81/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.69

    2020: $4.35/lb

  • Rice2
    390
    111

    1990: $0.50/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.01

    2020: $0.73/lb

  • Apples3
    425
    134

    1990: $0.72/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.46

    2020: $1.30/lb

  • Cheese4
    435
    142

    1990: $3.50/lb (cheddar)

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $7.09

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar)

  • Pork5
    514
    180

    1990: $2.13/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $4.32

    2020: $3.41/lb

  • Dozen Eggs6

    1990: $1.01/dozen

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.05

    2020: $1.52/dozen

  • Sugar7
    320
    94

    1990: $0.40/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.81

    2020: $0.59/lb

  • Flour8
    230
    77

    1990: $1.25/5 lbs

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.53

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

  • Oranges9
    310
    124

    1990: $0.57/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.15

    2020: $1.17/lb

  • Milk10
    464
    214

    1990: $1.42/half gallon

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.88

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

  • Corn flakes11

    1990: $1.56/18oz box

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $3.16

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

  • Bread12
    211
    77

    1990: $0.70/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.42

    2020: $1.37/lb

  • Doritos Nacho Cheese13

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

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.52

    2020: $1.48 for a 2 ounce bag

  • Lemons14
    177
    71

    1990: $1.07/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.17

    2020: $1.95/lb

  • Potatoes15
    231
    140

    1990: $3.38/10 lbs

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.85

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

  • Lettuce16
    160
    97

    1990: $0.60/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.22

    2020: $1.24/lb