Walmart customer says items are up 50% since 2020

A woman revealed in a viral TikTok how much prices have skyrocketed by comparing the same items she bought from 2020 to 2023.

The video was uploaded by popular TikToker Amy (@amywaytosave), who mostly posts content about ways to save money at the grocery store. In this video, she claimed prices increased drastically from 2020 to 2023.

The content creator shows her 89,000 followers the items she bought in her shopping cart at Walmart: corn mix, flour, 12 gallons of plant-based milk, six eggs, two bananas, a small bunch of green shallots, two potatoes, pinto beans, frozen mix veggies, and Grain. According to Amy, she bought all of these items in 2020 for $10.09. She claims she made a “week full of meals for one” by sharing her receipt.

She says that since there was “a lot of talk about inflation” in early 2022, she decided to buy the same items to compare prices. Amy claims all of the same items she bought in 2020 were “10% more”. Now, in January 2023, Amy claims she returned to Walmart to buy the items again, and the grand total came to $15.10, “a 50% increase” from 2020.

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The video racked up 2 million views as of January 30, with viewers sharing their thoughts on the much-discussed issue of inflation gripping the platform.

“We need to start calling it what it is: price gouging,” wrote one viewer.

“I wish they would just stop lying to us by calling this inflation it’s 100% price gouging and I’m sick of it,” agreed a second.

“But it’s not just food. everywhere everyone is pushing up prices and saying it’s inflation while wages stay the same,” reiterated a third.

Others shared their experiences of noticing price increases at the grocery store.

“The ‘cheap’ butter we bought about a year ago was 99 cents, now it’s $3,” shared one.

“I just got a hamburger from Walmart for almost $6/lb. I remember it was about $3.50/lb,” said a second.

“My local Walmart sells a 12-pack of Sprites for $7.89…. Like what???? a third declared.

Some have noticed the rise in prices of fast food as well.

“I went to McDonald’s and got a large Carmel Frappe and a large skillet and it cost me $9.68…that’s just ridiculous,” one person noted.

“Please tell me why the 10 chicken McNugget menu was $10 in AZ… might as well go to BWW,” commented a second.

During an email interview with the Daily Dot, Amy explained that the Walmart she bought all three times was one in Central Kentucky. She said she noticed the price increase when she first started hearing about price increases in 2022.

“I did the comparison in early 2022 when I started hearing a lot about rising grocery prices,” she told The Daily Dot. “All the talk about rising prices prompted me to do my first price comparison.”

Inflation currently stands at 6.5%, according to CNBC, down 2.6% from its peak of 9.1% in June 2022. At the beginning of 2020, inflation was 1.2%.

“Some of these prices rose for reasons well beyond pandemic-era inflationary factors, such as convoluted supply chains, pent-up consumer demand, household injections of cash, labor shortages and war in Ukraine,” CNBC said.


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*Initial publication: January 30, 2023 6:22 pm CST

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Melody Heald is a culture writer. Her work can be found in Glitter Magazine, BUST Magazine and more.

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