I Took A Receipt I Had For Groceries From 2020, Compared Them With The Prices From 2022, And Then Cried

If you're like me, you've noticed inflation the most in the grocery store. But while we know things have gone up, how much specifically have they gone up?
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I decided to go to my Target app and see the oldest saved receipt. It's one from August 7, 2020, almost exactly two years ago.
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I wanted to do the exact same grocery order again and see what the difference in cost was.
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And in the interests of science, I'm going to compare prices for the exact same products from the exact same Target store.
However, I will do everything through the Target app as I have strayed a long way from the store I placed my 2020 order at in the past two years.
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Here is our full receipt. We'll break it down article by article below.
I had to stitch several screenshots together, so there are a couple of scrolling y-bars on the right. Also, check out all the great coupons at the bottom of my receipt that were plentiful in 2020 (which resulted in even more savings). When I was creating this post, none of the products I added had Target coupons applied to my order.
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Well, the first two items on my receipt, the two coconut jars and the dried ginger, it looks like they're not selling anymore, so let's start with the plastic wrap. On August 7, 2020, 200 square feet of plastic wrap cost $1.99. Now the same container with plastic wrap costs...$2.39!
In two years, the price of this plastic wrap has increased by 40 cents.
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The second thing on our list is 96 ounces of unsweetened almond milk. On August 7, 2020, this almond milk cost $4.29. As of August 3, 2022, this almond milk is now priced at...$4.79
In two years, the price of this almond milk has increased by 50 cents.
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OK, next we have my favorite late night snack, GoGo Squeez Applesauce. On August 7, 2020, a 12-pack of GoGo Squeez cost $5.50. Now it costs... $8.99
In two years, this 12-pack GoGo Squeez has increased in price by $3.49.
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Let's take a look at this sesame oil (misspelled in the Target app???) I paid $4.89 for in 2020. The same five ounces of sesame oil is currently $6.99.
This container of sesame oil is up $2.10 over the past two years. So far, my grocery bill would now be $6.49 more than it was in 2020.
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Next we have a big ol' bottle of Gatorade, which came in at a very economical price of 88 cents on my receipt in 2020. Now... it costs $1.49.
In two years, the price of this Gatorade has increased by 61 cents.
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Next comes a packet of 90 paper plates. I bought these in 2020 for $4.69. If I bought them from the same store today they would be $6.79.
In two years, the price of these dinner plates has increased by $2.10.
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I bought a 3-pack of tri-color peppers in 2020 for $3.49. Today, they now cost $3.69.
In the last two years, the cost of that pack of peppers has gone up by 20 cents. So far, my grocery bill is $9.50 more expensive in 2022 than it was in 2020.
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Now we have a 42-pack of paper cups. In 2020 they cost me $3.89 but in 2022 they are now $3.99.
Can someone good at economics please explain how paper plates are up over $2 and paper cups are up just 10 cents???
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Next I got a can of chicken noodle soup. On August 7, 2020 it was $1.99. Now it's $2.49, according to the Target app.
In the last two years, this soup is up 50 cents.
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In 2020, I bought a pound of cherries (a fruit I always associate with expensive and tasty). In August 2020 it was $3.99. In August 2022 it is $5.59.
Cherries are up $1.60 over the past two years.
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Here's a big one. I bought this Swiffer refill pack in 2020 for $11.99. As of August 3, 2022, it is now $15.49.
This Swiffer bundle has increased by $3.50 in the last two years. We now have a $15.20 more grocery bill than in 2022 FOR THE SAME ITEMS!!!!
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IDK what it is, but this Gatorade Fruit Punch flavor went from 88 cents to $1.39 in 2022 (the Glacier Freeze flavor went up to $1.49, if you remember).
That flavor is up 51 cents over the past two years.
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WE HAVE A PRICE THAT'S GONE PEOPLE. These Botan Rice Candy I bought in 2020 were $1.19 then and 99 cents today.
This candy is down 20 cents in the last two years, which supports my grocery bill and makes it just $15.51 more expensive today than it was two years ago.
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ANOTHER ONE!!!!! That jar of pesto I bought for $3.59 in 2020 is now only $3.19 in the store.
In the last two years, the cost of that jar of pesto has dropped by 40 cents, making my grocery bill just $15.11 more expensive than it was in 2020.
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Only a few items left. In 2020, I bought this two-pound bag of rice for $3.59. As of August 3, 2022, it will be $3.99.
Unfortunately, this negates my 40 cent savings on pesto and adds up to $15.51 more to my grocery bill than in 2020.
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Next we have a 14 pound bag of dry dog ​​food (beef flavored is the only kind my dog ​​Apollo likes). On this August 7, 2020 shopping spree, it was $14.49. Now it costs $17.19.
This bag of dog food is $2.70 more expensive than 2020, so my grocery bill is $18.21 more than 2020.
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I bought this jar of Crescent Rolls in 2020 for $2.19. They are now $3.59.
That makes them $1.40 more than they were in 2020. My grocery bill would now be $19.61 more than it was in 2020.
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The last thing on my receipt is a 6-pack of strawberry fruit bars. On my 2020 shopping spree it was $3.50. They are now $5.29.
That makes these fruit bars $1.79 more expensive than they are in 2020. That means...
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In 2022 my grocery bill would be $21.30 more expensive if I bought the exact same things from the exact same store. So while the median salary increased by 3.4% in 2021 and 2.8% in 2022, that grocery bill has increased by 27.66% over the past two years.
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Thank you for accompanying me on this incredibly sad journey. To cheer everyone up, here's a photo of my dog ​​that I'll soon have to ask for a job if dog food prices keep rising.
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