Five things that are cheaper now than they were before the pandemic



You may have heard that everything is getting more expensive.

Well that is most of time true. It wasn’t easy, but we found a handful of items that are still cheaper than they were when the pandemic started last year.

Here are some of the things that are cheaper than February 2020.


When the shift to remote working took hold at the start of the pandemic, the typical American’s closet shifted too. Goodbye, suits and dresses. Hello, sweatpants and t-shirt.

Now that offices, restaurants, and the rest of the world are reopening, it might be a good idea to prepare your wardrobe. Fortunately, some clothing is still cheaper than it was before the pandemic.

Both men’s and women’s clothing are generally cheaper than before the pandemic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, men’s clothing is down 7.2% and women’s clothing is down 5.9% since February 2020.

Women’s clothing prices fell 12.1% during the pandemic. Men’s suits and jackets have decreased even more. Suits are now 21.5% cheaper than they were in February 2020.


Another change that came with staying: No more local transport. Now that many Americans are vaccinated, trains and buses are gaining traction and are becoming the norm again.

Fortunately, urban transport is around 2.9% cheaper than last February.

If you spend a night (or day) this weekend when your meal or drink may be more expensive than usual, you can take comfort in the fact that your trip was cheaper than it was 16 months ago.

Sports events

It’s baseball season, and what could be nicer than celebrating summer and the vaccination than joining a stadium full of other people and watching a game – in person?

Entry to sporting events is 1.8% cheaper than before the pandemic. While not the biggest difference, it’s important to use our profits where we can, and even the smallest price difference is a big deal when (almost) everything else gets more expensive.


The demand for pets and pet supplies soared during the pandemic when Americans were stranded at home.

However, when we enter the world again, consider replenishing your pets’ toy basket as prices for pet supplies are still lower than they were before the pandemic.

Pet and pet product prices are 1.8% cheaper than in February 2020. Pet supplies and accessories have fallen 3.8% since the pandemic began.

Health care

During the pandemic, health care became even more important than before. How did medical care escape inflation? Preventive doctor visits and health care were pushed into the background last year as people stayed at home during the pandemic.

Since February 2020, medical supplies, which include all drugs and other medical supplies, have become 2.3% cheaper.

Broken down into more specific categories, drug prices, which include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, fell 2.2%. The prices for prescription drugs alone have fallen by 2.9% in the past year and a half.

Medical devices and consumables, which include items such as bandages, contraceptives, heating pads and wheelchairs, saw the biggest change since the pre-pandemic, falling 5.8% in prices.

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