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How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1990 Vs. 2020

April 10, 2020 8.5k votes 1.3k voters 103.8k 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
    782
    270

    1990: $2.81/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.69

    2020: $4.35/lb

  • Rice2
    425
    127

    1990: $0.50/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.01

    2020: $0.73/lb

  • Apples3
    455
    141

    1990: $0.72/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.46

    2020: $1.30/lb

  • Cheese4
    467
    152

    1990: $3.50/lb (cheddar)

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $7.09

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar)

  • Sugar5
    347
    100

    1990: $0.40/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.81

    2020: $0.59/lb

  • Pork6
    542
    190

    1990: $2.13/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $4.32

    2020: $3.41/lb

  • Dozen Eggs7

    1990: $1.01/dozen

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.05

    2020: $1.52/dozen

  • Flour8
    250
    81

    1990: $1.25/5 lbs

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.53

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

  • Corn flakes9

    1990: $1.56/18oz box

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $3.16

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

  • Milk10
    481
    221

    1990: $1.42/half gallon

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.88

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

  • Oranges11
    322
    131

    1990: $0.57/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.15

    2020: $1.17/lb

  • Bread12
    227
    80

    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
    185
    77

    1990: $1.07/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.17

    2020: $1.95/lb

  • Potatoes15
    240
    145

    1990: $3.38/10 lbs

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.85

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

  • Lettuce16
    168
    102

    1990: $0.60/lb

    1990 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.22

    2020: $1.24/lb