10 Everyday Grocery Items: Now and Then
Inflation has a way of making your everyday purchases look like little luxuries. Here’s a look at how the price tags on these items have changed over the last three decades.

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From eggs and milk to bananas and butter, the prices of the foods you buy regularly are on the rise.

Data courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ("What you pay now" is the average price for March 2011; historical prices were calculated by averaging the monthly price data for the year noted.)

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Bread on Supermarket Shelf Reuters

Bread

What you pay now:     $1.41 (average price for a pound of white bread)

What you paid…

Last year:                     $1.37

5 years ago:                 $1.08

10 years ago:               $1.00

15 years ago:               $0.88

20 years ago:               $0.71

25 years ago:               $0.57

30 years ago:               $0.53

 

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Butter on Supermarket Shelf

Butter

What you pay now:     $3.69 (average price for a pound of salted butter)

What you paid…

Last year:                     $3.13

5 years ago:                 $2.92          

10 years ago:               $3.30

15 years ago:               $2.05

20 years ago:               $1.94

25 years ago:               $2.15

30 years ago:               $1.99 

Eggs Supermarket Shelf

Eggs

What you pay now:    $1.73 (average price for a dozen Grade-A eggs)

What you paid…

Last year:                     $1.66

5 years ago:                 $1.31

10 years ago:               $0.93

15 years ago:               $1.11

20 years ago:               $0.99

25 years ago:               $0.87

30 years ago:               $0.90

Steaks on a supermarket shelf

Steak

What you pay now:     $4.46 (average price per pound of round USDA choice steak)

What you paid…

Last year:                     $4.28

5 years ago:                 $4.00

10 years ago:               $3.50

15 years ago:               $3.12

20 years ago:               $3.41

25 years ago:               $2.77

30 years ago:               $2.86

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Bananas Displayed at a Supermarket

Bananas

What you pay now:     $0.62 (average price for a pound of bananas)

What you paid…

Last year:                     $0.58

5 years ago:                 $0.50

10 years ago:               $0.51

15 years ago:               $0.49

20 years ago:               $0.48

25 years ago:               $0.39

30 years ago:               $0.36

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Potato Chips

What you pay now:     $4.84 (average price for a 16-ounce bag)

What you paid…

Last year:                     $4.64

5 years ago:                 $3.47

10 years ago:               $3.43

15 years ago:               $3.06

20 years ago:               $2.96

25 years ago:               $2.68

30 years ago:               $2.28

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Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

What you pay now:     $3.22 (average price for a pound of chocolate chip cookies)

What you paid…

Last year:                     $3.25

5 years ago:                 $2.88

10 years ago:               $2.44

15 years ago:               $2.58

20 years ago:               $2.69

25 years ago:               $1.99

30 years ago:               $1.73

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Bacon on Supermarket Shelf

Bacon

What you pay now:     $4.54 (average price for a pound of sliced bacon)

What you paid…

Last year:                      $4.11

5 years ago:                 $3.44

10 years ago:               $3.26

15 years ago:               $2.47

20 years ago:               $2.22

25 years ago:               $2.08           

30 years ago:               $1.67

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Tomatoes

What you pay now:     $2.09 (average price for a pound of field-grown tomatoes)

What you paid…

Last year:                     $1.69

5 years ago:                 $1.73

10 years ago:               $1.32

15 years ago:               $1.21

20 years ago:               $1.01

25 years ago:               $0.82

30 years ago:               $0.77

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Ice Cream

What you pay now:     $4.92 (average price for a half gallon of ice cream)

What you paid…

Last year:                     $4.47

5 years ago:                 $3.75

10 years ago:               $3.70

15 years ago:               $2.86

20 years ago:               $2.58

25 years ago:               $2.36

30 years ago:               $2.02

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10 Everyday Grocery Items: Now and Then

Inflation has a way of making your everyday purchases look like little luxuries. Here’s a look at how the price tags on these items have changed over the last three decades.

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