If you're like me, you've noticed inflation most at the grocery store. But even though we know things have gone up, how much have they gone up specifically?
I decided to go onto my Target app and see the oldest receipt it had saved. It's one from August 7, 2020, almost exactly two years ago.
I wanted to make the exact same grocery order again and see what the difference was in what it cost.
And, in the interest of science, I'll be comparing prices of the exact same products from the exact same Target store.
I will, however, be doing it all through the Target app since, in the past two years, I have moved far away from the store I did my 2020 order at.
Here's our full receipt. We'll break it down item by item below.
Now, the first two things on my receipt, the two jars of coconut and the dried ginger, it doesn't look like they sell anymore, so we're going to start with the plastic wrap. On August 7, 2020, 200 square feet of plastic wrap was $1.99. Now, that same container of plastic wrap costs...$2.39!
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 now costs...$4.79
OK, next we've got my favorite nighttime snack, GoGo Squeez Applesauce. On August 7, 2020, a 12-pack of GoGo Squeez was $5.50. Now, it costs...$8.99
Let's take a look at this sesame seed oil (which is spelled wrong on the Target app???) which I paid $4.89 for in 2020. The same five ounces of sesame oil costs $6.99 right now.
Next up, we've got a big ol' bottle of Gatorade that came in at a very thrifty price of 88 cents on my receipt in 2020. Now...it's $1.49.
Up next, a 90-count package of paper plates. I bought these in 2020 for $4.69. If I were to buy them from the same store today, they'd be $6.79.
I bought a 3-pack of tri-colored bell peppers for $3.49 in 2020. They are now going for $3.69 today.
Now we've got a 42-count pack of paper bowls. In 2020, they cost me $3.89, but in 2022, they're now $3.99.
Next, I got a can of chicken noodle soup. On August 7, 2020, it was $1.99. Now, according to the Target app, it's $2.49.
In 2020, I bought a pound of cherries (a fruit I always associate with being expensive and delicious). In August 2020, they were $3.99. In August 2022, they're $5.59.
Here's a big one. I bought this Swiffer refill bundle in 2020 for $11.99. As of August 3, 2022, it is now $15.49.
IDK what it is, but this Fruit Punch flavor Gatorade rose from 88 cents to $1.39 in 2022 (the Glacier Freeze flavor, if you remember, has risen to $1.49).
WE HAVE A PRICE THAT WENT DOWN, PEOPLE. This Botan rice candy I bought in 2020 was $1.19 then, and 99 cents now.
ANOTHER ONE!!!!! This jar of pesto I purchased in 2020 for $3.59 is now only $3.19 at the store.
Only a few more items left. In 2020, I purchased this two-pound bag of rice for $3.59. As of August 3, 2022, it is $3.99.
Next up, we've got a 14-pound bag of dry dog food (beef flavored is the only kind my dog, Apollo, likes). During this shopping trip on August 7, 2020, it was $14.49. Now, it costs $17.19.
I bought this jar of Crescent rolls in 2020 for $2.19. They are now $3.59.
The last thing on my receipt is a 6-count box of strawberry fruit bars. On my 2020 shopping trip, they were $3.50. They are now $5.29.
In 2022, my grocery bill would be $21.30 more expensive if I bought all of the exact same things at the exact same store. So while the average salary went up 3.4% in 2021 and 2.8% in 2022, this grocery bill has gone up 27.66% over the past two years.