Going out is not only rarer these days, it is also much more expensive.
In general, the prices consumers pay for goods and services have recently recorded their largest year-on-year increase since 1982.
Gas prices alone are up a whopping 58.1% over the past year, and that’s just to get where you’re going.
A table for two isn’t what it used to be either. Restaurants, which have been under pressure since the start of the pandemic, are charging more for meals to counter ongoing staffing issues and higher food costs.
Most have had to raise wages to attract workers, on top of the higher cost of ingredients, and that means menu prices look a little different now.
Overall, the cost of eating out has risen 6% over the past year, which is also the highest jump since 1982, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (although the cost of Eating at home rose even faster).
According to the National Association of Theater Owners, going to the cinema still costs around the same as it did before the Covid pandemic. At just under $10 per person, it may also be the best deal.
On the other hand, the costs of attending almost all other events increase.
In 2019, an artist’s concert ticket averaged around $96, but this year’s ticket prices are on track to hit record highs as Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, John Mayer and The Weeknd take to the streets.
If sports are more your thing, NBA and NHL tickets average about $94 per seat, according to SeatGeek data, while the average ticket for an NFL match without playoff games costs even more — about $151 , found SeatGeek. If you can score one at all.
In the secondary market, where many of these tickets are bought and sold, the average resale price per ticket has increased by about 28% for sporting events and by about 45% for concerts since the pandemic began.
For example, the average resale price of an NFL ticket went from $198 to $237.
For art lovers, it’s a similar story.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which houses one of the largest collections in the world, used to have a “suggested donation” for attendees, which is now limited only to residents of New York State and students from the tri-state area. All other visitors must pay $25 for a general admission ticket.
Other museums, including this The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif., have increased ticket prices by at least 50%, according to a report by coupon and deal site DealA, which compared the price of an adult general admission ticket last month at prices in 2017.
Ticket prices for other attractions, which have also been badly hit by the Covid restrictions, have skyrocketed by much more – up to double what they were before the pandemic, DealA noted.
For example, Funland amusement park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, costs $30 to visit today, up from $15 a few years ago. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Sesame Square in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; and Santa’s Village, New Hampshire’s Christmas theme park, increased admission prices by 22%, 29% and 50%, respectively, over the same period.