Announcing the ‘Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Index’

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Big Mac Index for comparing currencies. I propose another for measuring inflation. Food prices here in California are way up over the past six months. Where I’ve noticed such stunning change is Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Mac and cheese is the one food almost anyone can afford, no matter the budget. Part of the cultural lexicon it is a cheap staple—and stereotype—perhaps not healthy, but hearty and filling.

Suddenly mac and cheese is a high-ticket foodstuff here in San Diego. A year ago, I could go into the local Ralphs or Vons and buy Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for 75 cents a box on sale (or less) with full price ranging from 99 cents to $1.29.

Recently, the regular price topped two bucks. I shopped Vons on $5 Friday, and Kraft Mac and Cheese sold for $2.09, which is about the same price as Ralphs now. I was stunned. So I ask: What’s the full price of Kraft Mac and Cheese where you live in typical grocery stores? I’m thinking to compile the data as index for gauging rising food prices. Let’s compare!

Photo Credit: Amy Ashcraft