How much would Kevin’s grocery order cost today in Home Alone?

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — It’s been 32 years since Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, made a trip to the grocery store to get supplies in the 1990 film Home Alone.

Kevin’s trip cost him $19.83 for milk, bread, toilet paper, detergent, fabric softener, cling film, macaroni and cheese, a turkey TV dinner, orange juice, and a plastic Army Soldier bag.

TikTok user Rochelle Chalmers decided to duplicate the order by selecting items from Kroger’s website. Their grand total in 2022 was $44.40.

A test of Rochelle’s experiment at a local grocery store yielded some interesting results.

While supply chain fights still leave some shelves empty, we were able to snag all but one item that Kevin bought in the film at the Rockford Schnucks location on Charles Street in Rockford, Illinois, about 90 miles outside of Chicago (where the film is set). ).

The store was completely empty of Snuggle dryer sheets, which the chain sells for $6.09, so we grabbed a bottle of Snuggle Blue Sparkle fabric softener for $7.49 to keep the branding as consistent as possible.

Kevin bought a four-pack of Northern quilted toilet paper in Home Alone, but there were no four-packs to be found from any brand. The Schnucks Quilted Northern Six-Roll Pack, which retails for $6.09, was also out, so we settled on a $9.84 Essential Everyday Ultra Soft TP six-pack.

Schnucks doesn’t currently stock Wonder Bread, so we settled on a loaf of Butternut White for $2.79.

Here’s the rest of our order: 52-ounce pitcher of Tropicana orange juice, $5.14; half-gallon Prairie Farms whole milk, $4.29; Merry Cling Wrap, $2.64; 46-ounce Tide Original Laundry Detergent, $10.64; Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, $1.69; and a Stouffer’s Roast Turkey frozen dinner for $3.

Our subtotal was $47.52, $50.20 with tax. Add in the army men’s bag we ordered from Amazon and we gave a total of $57.27. That’s not too far from how the US inflation calculator has tracked price increases over the past 30 years.

Goods that cost $19.83 in 1990 cost $45.03 today, according to the calculator.

Economists say food prices could rise even further as the holidays get closer. The consumer price index shows that all groceries rose 0.7 percent from August to September this year, while prices are 11.2 percent higher than in September 2021.

The United States Department of Agriculture reported in October that food prices are expected to rise between 3 and 4 percent in 2023. How much would Kevin’s grocery order cost today in Home Alone?

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