20 Examples Of Just How Nasty Inflation Has Gotten

Pictures showing the shrinking size of Dove soap
reddit | rosedread0

It's no secret that inflation affects the price of virtually everything — not simply by rising prices across the board, but also by giving consumers less product for the same (or more!) cost.

Yes, inflation is real. No, we can't really do anything about it on an individual level. But what we can do is commiserate in the fact that everyone is experiencing it in different ways.

"Porto Rico coffee raising their whole bean prices by $3 per pound is probably the first time I’ve felt personally victimized by inflation."

Sign explaining that coffee prices have gone up
twitter | @jangelooff

It's bad news for java lovers: coffee is one of the products most likely to be affected by inflation. The days of paying $7 for a pound are likely gone forever.

"These 3 pieces of broccoli cost $14."

Three pieces of broccoli sold for $14
reddit | changeXchange_YT

Sometimes it's tough to parse the difference between prices driven by inflation and prices driven by bougie restaurants. In any case, it can't feel good to pay $14 for a partial serving of greens.

"Evidence of inflation."

Comparison of different sizes of 'family size' Wheat Thins
reddit | chrisyeoaz

Back in my day, 'family size' meant something. It meant a product would be a big size, one that didn't change, and one that would comfortably satisfy the whole family. Judging from this picture, it appears that nothing is sacred anymore.

"This cost me $23. Vaca frita."

Underwhelming meal that sold for $23
reddit | Avikm289

We've all been in a situation where we're hungry and simply order a meal without checking the price. This should be a modest meal, but instead this place is charging about the same as a steakhouse would for a cheaper steak dinner.

"Inflation: 1.5 years."

Graphic showing that cost of whipping cream has gone up nearly $2 in under 2 years
reddit | schnitzelfeffer

The scary thing about inflation is that it seems to be accelerating at a faster and faster rate. It's so fast, in fact, that you might never pay the same price for the same product two times.

"Inflation is a bitch: $5 'meal.'"

Ad for $5 meal, all meals cost well over $5
reddit | AndVank212

At first, I didn't see the problem. These all looked like pretty standard fast food combos. But then I noticed the fact that these "$5 meals" all cost between $7.69 and $8.89. Nothing makes sense anymore.

"Goodwill selling this shirt for more than the original price."

Goodwill selling a shirt for more than the original price
reddit | FriedRiceLegend

Secondhand shops like Goodwill used to be a reliable place to find affordable goods. More and more, though, they feel like antique shops — places where old goods are sold for a pretty penny.

"Since when was a can of soup $4.59?"

Cans of soup selling for $4.59
reddit | zafferous

Before seeing this, if someone had asked you how much a can of soup costs, what would you say? I'd say a dollar or a buck fifty maybe, but certainly not $4.59.

"Another hike in price."

Email announcing Amazon Prime price hike
reddit | mhyang

Prime is a service that makes it easier and more convenient to spend lots of money on Amazon products. Hiking the price of something that only works if you're already buying stuff seems like a bad faith move.

"Look closely this week. Just caught this at Kohls."

Kohls selling a product for more than original price
reddit | AboveTheKitchen

You can barely make it out under the new tag, but the original price of this was $45 — $5 cheaper than what Kohls is charging. It's not like it's an old product, either, as it was made in 2021.

"Thanks Dairy Queen for the free water."

Dairy Queen selling 'free water' for 50 cents
reddit | gatesofwrath

Water is something that should be a universal right — in other words, if you need water, it should be provided freely. The age-old tradition of restaurants and fast food places giving out free water might be in jeopardy if this DQ receipt is any indication.

"My bill for 2 scrambled eggs at an airport…."

Bill for 2 scrambled eggs is $27.79
reddit | NonconsensualText

We all know that airports and airlines charge exorbitant rates for food, but this is ridiculous even by those standards. I mean, it's two eggs. Even charging five bucks for them would be too much.

"The price was inflated for the first sale."

Sale price lies about original price
reddit | ZappyBunny

Here's a new one: a retail establishment straight-up lying about the original price in an effort to make the sale price seem more enticing. If they're going to do this, they should probably do a better job of hiding the original price tags.

"Exact same chicken but one is 25% more, only difference - one was on the shelf yesterday the other today. 25% increase in a single day ($2.92 to $3.78 per pound)."

Price of chicken increases 25 percent in one day
reddit | joshuadc

How fast does inflation work? Apparently fast enough to significantly raise the price of chicken, by one whole quarter, in one short day.

"Damn inflation, you scary!"

Large bags of M&Ms selling for $15.99
reddit | UWontLikeThisComment

Granted, these are big bags of M&Ms. But I could have sworn that bags of candy like this cost, like, seven or eight dollars, tops. Spending $15.99 on some M&Ms doesn't feel like something that should be possible.

"The price of beef jerky in California."

Bags of beef jerky selling for more than $25
reddit | loveofGod12345

Beef jerky often seems overpriced for what you're getting. The explanation only partially comes down to inflation, but inflation is certainly a factor. These bags wouldn't have cost $26.99 a few years ago.

"Inflation is bad, but this is ridiculous."

Receipt charging for a drink, also charging for ice
reddit | neophileous

Rocks, as in ice, is the thing that gets placed into drinks to dilute them and make them seem like they're better value than they really are. Charging for something like this goes against the whole principle of restaurants adding ice in the first place.

"Bought one of those branded pudding dessert things. Got completely hosed. half the pudding and the toppings just gone bro. this is secret inflation."

Packet of pudding and toppings is half empty
reddit | BeardlessPete

Here's a classic thing that brands do to increase the perception of their value. In this case, consumers lose and the environment loses, but hey, at least the corporations win.

"10% less for the same price. Did you think we wouldn’t notice?"

Two cans of Nescafe coffee, one with 10 percent less but selling for the same price
twitter | @AliBi40

Once again, we can see coffee inflation in action. This is a modest example of shrinkage, as the newer can still contains 90% of the old can. But soon there will be a new-new can that takes another 10% away.

"Dove soap shrinks again!"

Pictures showing the shrinking size of Dove soap
reddit | rosedread0

This picture is, in a nutshell, an argument in favor of stocking up on stuff with no expiration date. Why? Well, you can buy five years' worth now, or you can watch the sizes steadily go down while the prices steadily go up over the next five years.