Viral Video Shows How Much Kevin McCallisters Home Alone Grocery List Adds Up In 2023

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Over the years, the cost of living has taken quite a leap. Groceries and essential items are noticeably pricier now compared to the more affordable ’90s. Recently, the iconic 1990 film ‘Home Alone’ caught our attention through a viral video. In one scene, young Kevin McCallister embarks on a solo supermarket trip with $20 (Rs 1,668) for essentials. The comparison of this fictional grocery bill to the current-day MRP paints a picture of a significant rise in prices, showcasing the economic shifts over the years. In the shopping scene, 8-year-old Kevin finds himself navigating the aisles of a grocery store all alone, left behind by his family during their holiday vacation to Paris. His shopping list included everyday items like a TV dinner, a loaf of Wonder Bread, frozen mac and cheese, cling wrap, a half gallon (2L) of milk, Tide laundry detergent, toilet paper, a half gallon (2L) of orange juice, a pack of army men, and dryer sheets, which totaled $19.83 (Rs 1,654) in the year 1990. Watch the video here:
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However, the person who posted the video went through each product Kevin bought and listed the cost of each grocery item today at a regular supermarket. “So, I broke it down: $4.50 for the orange juice, $4.50 for the plastic wrap. For the TV dinner, we couldn’t find the exact one, so we estimated $5 because it had food inside. $13.00 for the Tide, $3.00 for the Wonder Bread, $3.50 for the frozen macaroni, $4.60 for the milk. For the dryer sheets, it’s $8.79, $8.00 for the toilet paper, and just $9.00 for the toy soldiers,” he explained in the video.
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When he compared these costs to 2023, the calculations revealed a whopping 248% increase in the cost of the same items. So, if we were to buy the exact items in 2023, the total cost would be $68 (Rs 5,669.04), including tax. Quite the eye-opener, huh? People can’t believe the comparison. One user said, “That price he’s paying was cheap even back then.” Another just added, “Yikes.” “Now do blank checks,” read a comment.

What are your thoughts on this comparison of grocery prices over the years? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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