A Walmart shopper bought the same groceries three times over a nearly two-year period to test the effects of inflation and shared the results on a now-viral TikTok.
In a video with over 1.3 million views, TikToker Amy (@amywaytosave) said she went to Walmart in late 2020 and bought a truckload of groceries for $10.09. Viewers can see their receipt and shopping cart, which contains groceries such as frozen vegetables, eggs, flour, rice and beans, bananas, and more.
“I prepared meals for one person for a week,” Amy said.
She said in early 2022, “there was a lot of talk about inflation at the grocery store,” so she decided to “go back and buy all the same things.”
She said her total bill was about 10% higher.
Now in early 2023, Amy said she went back and bought the same items. The catch? Your groceries are now $15.10 – about 50% more than at the end of 2020.
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Although talk of rising inflation rates has dominated the news for the last few years, many viewers were still surprised by the results of Amy’s experiment.
“It’s no longer inflation, it’s price gouging,” was the top comment with over 30,000 likes.
“Thank you!” another wrote. “I’m so sick of people saying inflation isn’t the problem, just better budgeting. It’s a huge difference.”
“Corporate greed,” added a third.
The Daily Dot contacted Amy via TikTok comment and Walmart via contact form.
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*Initial publication: January 16, 2023 10:42 am CST
Alexandra Samuels is a national political reporter and contributor to the Daily Dot, where she started as a politics intern in the summer of 2016. She enjoys all things Marvel, keeping up with the latest TikTok trends, taking long walks with her pup, and reading crime novels.
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