Inflation has a way of making your everyday purchases look like little luxuries.

If you need proof, look no further than the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest report on consumer prices, which showed prices rose by a seasonally-adjusted 0.5% in March, with food and energy prices accounting for nearly three-quarters of the increase. All six categories of grocery store food groups saw increases during the month – a reading on fresh vegetables, for instance, climbed by 4.7% after jumping 6.7% in February, and a reading on meats, poultry, fish and eggs rose 1.1% after climbing 1.2% in February.

Rising prices may be top of mind for consumers right now, but they’re nothing new. Here’s a look at how the price tags on these 10 basic items have changed over the last three decades.

Data courtesy of the U.S. 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 years noted.)

 

1. 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

 

2. 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      

 

3. 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

 

4. 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

 

5. 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

 

6. 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

 

7. 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

 

8. 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

       

9. 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

 

10. 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

 

Adam Samson contributed to this report.