Eating out has traditionally been more expensive than enjoying a meal at home for many Americans over the past decade.
From the 1970s through the 2000s, food prices at home and food away from home maintained a steady increase in prices relative to one another, according to the USDA Food Price Forecast.
But since 2009, there has been a deviation from the trend, with prices for food at home (food bought from the grocery store) decelerating and even contracting in 2016 and 2017, while food away from home (food bought from the grocery store) restaurant) their prices continued to rise.
But in 2020, that trend has reversed, according to the report. Food prices at home increased 3.5% compared to a 3.4% increase for food away from home.
Between March 2021 and March 2022, food prices at home increased by 10%, with only a 6.9% increase for food away from home.
As grocery store food prices continue to rise, the following charts show how much food prices have increased at home for some basic household necessities, such as bread, eggs, and sugar.
Each chart compares price from April 2019 to April 2022 unless otherwise noted. All data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
White bread rose from $1.29 to $1.61, and whole wheat bread rose from $1.95 to $2.15. This represents an increase of 24.8% and 9.7%, respectively.
A dozen Grade A eggs rose from $1.46 to $2.52, an increase of 72.6%.
The price of sugar per pound rose from 59 cents to 74 cents, an increase of 25.4%.
A pound of 100% ground roast coffee cost $4.17 as of October 2019, the most recent data available. The same kilogram of ground roasted coffee will cost you about $5.53, a 32.6% increase.
The price of butter fell between April 2019 and November 2020 before rising again. A piece of butter in April 2019 cost $4.02 and now costs $4.15, an increase of just 3.2%. But compared to the November 2020 price of $3.33, it is up 24.6%.
Potato prices rose in the summer of 2020 before declining again, but the April 2019 price of 75 cents a pound of potatoes is still cheaper than the 85 cents it costs now, an increase of 13.3%.
boneless chicken breast
The cost of a pound of boneless chicken breast increased by more than $1, from $3.01 to $4.10, an increase of 36.2%.