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Consumer Price Index
Appendix 2. Content of CPI entry level items
Major Group Code Name Definition Excludes

Apparel

AA011 Men's suits All types and styles of men's suits and formal wear sold in men's sizes (that is, 36 and above, in short, regular, tall or long, as well as big, extra tall, and extra-long). A suit includes a jacket and pair of pants. A vest and/or a second pair of pants may also be included. Suit separates other than a jacket and a pair of pants. Men's dinner jackets without matching pants.

Apparel

AA012 Men's sport coats and tailored jackets All types and styles of men's sport coats, blazers, and other tailored jackets sold in men’s sizes. Jackets intended to be sold as part of a suit.

Apparel

AA013 Men's outerwear All types and styles of men's outerwear intended to be worn outdoors in men's sizes. Fold-up rainwear/ponchos, tailored suit jackets including sport coats and blazers, sweaters, and all other jackets intended to be worn indoors. Fur outerwear.

Apparel

AA021 Men's underwear, hosiery, nightwear and loungewear All types and styles of men’s underwear, hosiery, nightwear and loungewear sold in men’s sizes. N/A

Apparel

AA022 Men’s accessories All types of men’s accessories in the categories of sunglasses, hats and caps, gloves and mittens, wallets and other small money holders, handkerchiefs, belts and suspenders, ties, and umbrellas sold in men’s sizes or for use by men. Any sport equipment apparel-type items such as gloves, knee pads, goggles, protective eyewear (such as racquetball glasses), and helmets. Glasses and eyewear with doctor-prescribed corrective attributes. Items priced in GE012.

Apparel

AA023 Men’s active sportswear All types and styles of men’s exercise and active sportswear including swimsuits, swim cover-ups, sweatshirts, sweatpants, yoga pants, sport-specific apparel (such as bike shorts, tennis shorts, hiking pants, and exercise suits), ski/snow pants, ski/snow suits, sports jerseys, and pants and jackets for warm-up, jogging, running, or exercise activities. Individually priced activewear items and sets of up to three items with a single price tag are eligible. For a set to be eligible in this category, the items in the set cannot be separated and paid for individually; the pieces are sold together as a unit having only one price tag. Sport uniforms, often top and bottom sets but can be sold individually, advertised and purchased with the intent for a group of people on a sports team to wear the item(s) only when playing that sport, usually at a formal game. Wetsuits, ski jackets, and other outerwear items.

Apparel

AA033 Men's shirts, sweaters, and vests All types and styles of men's shirts, sweaters, and vests, in men's sizes. Eligible men's shirts include dress shirts, sport shirts, work shirts, and pullovers. Eligible men's sweaters and vests include cardigan and pullover sweaters, cardigan and pullover sweater vests, and woven vests sold as separates. Vests and jackets intended for outdoor use. Active sportswear tops such as sweatshirts, sweat jackets, athletic jackets, and other athletic tops that are intended for exclusive exercise/workout use. Undershirts, nightwear, sleepwear, pajama tops and uniforms.

Apparel

AA041 Men's pants and shorts All types and styles of men's pants including slacks, jeans, denim pants, overalls, and shorts that are sold in men's sizes. Items can be made from a variety of fibers and fabrics. Pajama bottoms, uniform pants, and active sportswear items such as sweat pants, warm-up pants, tennis shorts, biking shorts, bathing suits, or other pants and shorts intended exclusively for exercise/workout use. Pants and shorts intended exclusively for exercise/workout use are priced in AA023.

Apparel

AB011 Boys’ outerwear All types and styles of boys’ coats, jackets, and vests to be worn outdoors sold in preschool and boys’ sizes. Infants, toddlers, and men’s sizes, fold-up rainwear/ponchos, uniform jackets, tailored suit jackets, sport coats, sweaters, and all other jackets intended to be worn indoors. Sweat jackets including “hoodies.”

Apparel

AB012 Boys' shirts and sweaters All types and styles of boys' shirts and sweaters, in boys' sizes. Eligible boys' shirts include dress shirts, sport shirts, work shirts, and pullovers. Eligible boys' sweaters include cardigan and pullover sweaters, and cardigan and pullover sweater vests. Vests and jackets intended for outdoor use. Active sportswear shirts and sweaters such as sweatshirts, sweat jackets, athletic jackets, and other athletic shirts and sweaters that are intended for exclusive exercise/workout use. Undershirts, nightwear, sleepwear, pajama shirts and sweaters, woven vests and uniforms.

Apparel

AB013 Boys’ underwear, sleepwear, hosiery, and accessories All types and styles of boys’ underwear, sleepwear, and apparel-related accessories in the categories of legwear, hats, head wraps and covers, hand and arm coverings, wallets and other small money holders, and sunglasses sold in preschool, grade school, and preteen boys’ sizes or for use by boys in these age groups. Surgical support hose and medical compression socks/legwear. Any sport equipment apparel-type items such as gloves, knee pads, goggles, protective eyewear, and helmets. Glasses and eyewear with doctor-prescribed corrective attributes. Items priced in GE012. Overnight bags, camera bags, lunch bags, book bags, and pencil cases. Hair accessories.

Apparel

AB014 Boys' suits, sport coats, and pants All types and styles of boys' suits, tailored jackets, casual and dress pants and slacks, jeans, short pants, and vests sold in preschool, boys or preteen sizes. A suit includes a jacket and pair of pants or shorts and may also include a vest (i.e., a three-piece suit). Sweater vests, pajama bottoms, uniform pants, and active sportswear items such as sweat pants, warm-up pants, tennis shorts, biking shorts, bathing suits, or other pants and shorts intended exclusively for exercise/workout use. Pants and shorts intended exclusively for exercise/workout use are priced in AB015.

Apparel

AB015 Boys’ active sportswear All types and styles of boys’ exercise and active sportswear including swimsuits, swim cover-ups, sweatshirts, sweatpants, yoga pants, sport-specific apparel (such as bike shorts, tennis shorts, hiking pants, and exercise suits), ski/snow pants, ski/snow suits, sports jerseys, and pants and jackets for warm-up, jogging, running, or exercise activities sold in preschool, grade school, and preteen boys’ sizes. Sport uniforms, often top and bottom sets but can be sold individually, advertised and purchased with the intent for a group of people on a sports team to wear the item(s) only when playing that sport, usually at a formal game. Also excluded are wetsuits, ski jackets, and other outerwear items.

Apparel

AC011 Women's outerwear All types and styles of women’s coats, jackets, and vests to be worn outdoors in juniors, petites, misses, women’s plus, and maternity. N/A

Apparel

AC021 Women’s dresses All types and styles of dresses, such as daytime, business, semi-formal, formal, bridal party, and bridal dresses for women in adult sizes. Dress and jacket combinations sold as one unit with one price tag are included in this category. Skirt and jacket combinations (i.e., suits).

Apparel

AC031 Women's tops All types and styles of women's sweaters, shirts, blouses, vests, shrugs, bodysuits, activewear tops, sweatshirts, unstructured and tailored jackets/blazers in juniors, misses, petites, plus, maternity and unisex sizes. Sweater coats, sweat jackets, and other jackets, vests or tops intended for outerwear use. Nightwear, sleepwear, or pajama tops and uniforms.

Apparel

AC032 Women's skirts, pants, and shorts All types and styles of dress and casual skirts, skorts, scooters, tennis skirts, pants (including slacks, jeans, denim pants, sweatpants, yoga pants, and warm-up pants), and all varieties of shorts in juniors, misses, petites, women's plus, and maternity sizes. Ski pants, underwear, nightwear, sleepwear, uniforms of any kind (school, work, sports, etc.), and swimsuits. Also excluded are skirt sets, pants sets, and shorts sets (two piece combinations of a skirt, pants, or shorts sold with a top, including activewear sets), one piece jumpsuits, shortalls, overalls, and, kilts.

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AC033 Women's suits and suit coordinates All types and styles of women’s suits including skirt suits and pant suits. Suits must consist of a jacket paired with a skirt and/or pants. Suits sold with additional items such as a blouse, sweater, scarf, etc., are eligible for pricing. Both combinations of two or three pieces sold as one unit with one price tag, and combinations where the pieces are sold individually (coordinating suit components) are included in this category. Any suit with a sleeveless jacket (i.e., vest); two-piece top and skirt or two-piece top and pant sets where the top is not a jacket; jumpsuits; activewear suit sets.

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AC041 Women's underwear, nightwear, shapewear, and swimwear All types, styles, and sizes of women's underwear and nightwear. Includes body briefers, bustier, camisoles capri legging shapers, chemises, control/shapewear panties, corselets corsets, everyday bras, housecoats/dusters, long leg panty shapers, long line bras, nightgowns/nightshirts, nursing bras, one-piece pajamas/sleepers, pajama bottoms, panties, two-piece pajama sets, robes, slips, sports bras, torsettes, waist cinchers, corsets, nightshirts, robes, swimsuits/dresses, and swim covers. Corset, camisole, and tank top items that have a built-in/shelf bra and are intended to be seen and used as the top piece of an outfit are in AC031 Women's Tops. Medical or similar compression bra tops and underwear designed to be worn after undergoing surgery are also excluded, as are training bras and other undergarments in children's sizes

Apparel

AC042 Women’s hosiery and accessories All types and styles of women’s apparel-related accessories in the categories of legwear, purses and similar bags, scarves, wraps, hand and arm coverings, wallets and other small money holders, hats, head wraps and covers, belts, umbrellas, and sunglasses, pantyhose, tights, socks, legwarmers, shoulder bags, handbags, clutches, bandanas, shawls, mufflers, neck warmers, gloves, mittens, driving gloves, gardening gloves, glove liners, arm warmers, billfolds and trifolds, ID and card cases, coin purses, visors, ear/headband wrap coverings, ear muffs, rain bonnets, parasols, non-prescription eyewear. Surgical support hose and medical compression socks/legwear, any sport equipment apparel-type items such as gloves, knee pads, goggles, protective eyewear, and helmets, glasses and eyewear with doctor-prescribed corrective attributes, items priced in GE012. Hair accessories

Apparel

AC043 Women's active sportswear All types and styles of women's exercise and active sportswear including swimsuits, swim cover-ups, sweatshirts, sweatpants, yoga pants, sport-specific apparel (such as bike shorts, tennis dresses, hiking pants, and dance outfits), ski/snow pants, ski/snow suits, sports jerseys, one- and two-piece leotards, unitards, and pants and jackets for warm-up, jogging, running, or exercise activities. Sport uniforms, often top and bottom sets but can be sold individually, advertised and purchased with the intent for a group of people on a sports team to wear the item(s) only when playing that sport, usually at a formal game. Wetsuits, ski jackets, and other outerwear items.

Apparel

AD011 Girls’ outerwear All types and styles of girls’ coats, jackets, and vests intended to be worn outdoors in preschool and girls’ sizes. Infants, toddlers, juniors, and women's sizes, fold-up rainwear/ponchos, uniforms, tailored suit jackets, sport coats, sweaters, and all other jackets intended to be worn indoors.

Apparel

AD012 Girls' dresses All types, styles, and sizes of girls' dresses and jumpers including two piece items which are sold as one unit such as a skirt and top, jumper and top, dress and leggings, or dress and jacket. Items in infants', toddlers', and juniors' sizes.

Apparel

AD013 Girls' tops All types and styles of cardigan and pullover sweaters, cardigan and pullover sweater vests, shrugs, shirts, blouses, woven vests, one-piece leotards and bodysuits, exercise/activewear tops, sweatshirts, and sports jerseys in preschool and grade school girls' sizes. Vests and jackets intended for outdoor use, including sweat jackets and exercise/athletic jackets, undershirts, nightwear, sleepwear, and uniforms of any kind (school, work, sports, etc.). Also excluded are any tops in infants, toddlers, or juniors sizes.

Apparel

AD014 Girls’ skirts, pants, and shorts All types and styles of pants and skirts such as such as slacks, jeans, leggings, pant sets, overalls, shorts, shorts sets, shortalls, ski pants, casual and dress skirts, skorts/scooters, and sweatpants sold in preschool, grade school, and preteen girls’ sizes. Underwear, nightwear, sleepwear, uniforms of any kind (school, work, sports, etc.), and swimsuits. Infants’ and toddlers’ sized skirts and pants.

Apparel

AD015 Girls' active sportswear All types and styles of girls' exercise and active sportswear including swimsuits, swim cover-ups, sweatshirts, sweatpants, yoga pants, sport-specific apparel (such as bike shorts, tennis dresses, and dance outfits), ski/snow pants, ski/snow suits, sports jerseys, one- and two-piece leotards, unitards, and pants and jackets for warm-up, jogging, running, or exercise activities sold in preschool, grade school, and preteen girls' sizes. In both clusters, girls' active sportswear items can be priced either as a single item or as a set consisting of up to three pieces sold together as a unit having only one price tag. Sport uniforms, often top and bottom sets but can be sold individually, advertised and purchased with the intent for a group of people on a sports team to wear the item(s) only when playing that sport, usually at a formal game. Wetsuits, ski jackets, and other outerwear items. Infants' and toddlers' sized active sportswear items.

Apparel

AD016 Girls’ underwear, sleepwear, hosiery, and accessories All types and styles of girls' underwear, sleepwear, and apparel-related accessories in the categories of legwear, hats, head wraps and covers, hand and arm coverings, purses and similar bags, wallets and other small money holders, sunglasses, and swimsuits sold in preschool and grade school, sizes or for use by girls in these age groups. Surgical support hose and medical compression socks/legwear. Any sport equipment apparel-type items such as gloves, knee pads, goggles, protective eyewear, and helmets. Glasses and eyewear with doctor-prescribed corrective attributes. Items priced in GE012. Overnight bags, camera bags, lunch bags, book bags, and pencil cases. Hair accessories.

Apparel

AE011 Men's footwear All types and styles of men's casual or dress shoes, boots, sandals, athletic shoes, waterproof footwear, and house slippers sold in men's size ranges. All footwear sold in boys' size ranges, and athletic footwear, such as skates, blades, cycling shoes.

Apparel

AE021 Boys’ footwear All types and styles of boys’ shoes, boots, sandals, athletic shoes (including specialized athletic footwear), and house slippers sold in boys’ size ranges. All footwear sold in infants/toddlers and men’s size ranges. Skates, blades, and cycling shoes.

Apparel

AE022 Girls’ footwear All types and styles of girls’ shoes, boots, sandals, athletic shoes (including specialized athletic footwear), and house slippers sold in girls’ size ranges. All footwear sold in infants/toddlers and women’s size ranges. Skates, blades, and cycling shoes.

Apparel

AE031 Women's footwear All types and styles of women's casual or dress shoes, boots, sandals, athletic shoes, waterproof footwear, and house slippers sold in women's size ranges. All footwear sold in girls' size ranges, and footwear for recreational activities such as skating or cycling.

Apparel

AF011 Infants' & toddlers' outer/play/dress/sleep wear & accessories All types and styles of coats, coat sets, jackets, snowsuits, buntings, pramsuits, rompers, sweaters, pants, tops, sunsuits, playsuits, coveralls, dresses, skirts, sleepers, pajamas, gowns, sleeping bags, and accessories sold in infants' and toddlers' sizes. Underwear and diapers for infants and toddlers; layette and other sets that include non-apparel items as a major component (such as a basket with a bodysuit, teddy bear stuffed animal, blanket, and rattle); hair accessories; bath and bedding accessories; blankets; toys; jewelry; and other infants' or toddlers' equipment and toy items.

Apparel

AF012 Infants’ & toddlers’ underwear & diapers All types of disposable and cloth diapers, diaper liners, undershirts, slips, and underpants sold in infants’ and toddlers’ sizes including waterproof and training varieties. Any diapers in preschool, child, or adult sizes. Also excludes disposable swim pants and diaper doublers/inserts.

Apparel

AG011 Watches All types and styles of wrist watches, pocket watches, and other types of watches meant to be worn on the body (i.e. ring watches) for men, women, and children. Single purpose stopwatches which are not part of a standard watch. "Smart" watches that require a cellphone connection or their own data plan belong in ELI EE041.

Apparel

AG021 Jewelry All types and styles of fine and fashion jewelry for men, women, and children are eligible for pricing.

Education and Communication

EA011 College textbooks Any new book which is intended for use as an aid to further higher learning at a college or technical school level. Books may be bound or unbound and can be purchased at a bookstore, over the Internet, through mail-order, or by electronically downloading their content from the Internet (E-Books). Encyclopedias and other reference books; non-educational books such as novels (an exception would be novels that are being used in education). Book rentals.

Education and Communication

EA012 Elementary/high school textbooks Any new book which is intended for use as an aid to further learning at an elementary or high school level. Books may be bound (data copied on papers surrounded with hard or soft cover) purchased at a bookstore, over the Internet, or through mail-order. Books purchased by downloading their content from the Internet (E-Books) are eligible. If a book is only sold as part of a full grade-level set, the entire book set is eligible. Books/sets of books used in home-schooling are also eligible. Encyclopedias and other reference books; advanced level textbooks (such as those used in colleges); non-educational books such as novels (an exception would be novels that are actually being used in education). Rented books.

Education and Communication

EA013 Encyclopedias and other sets of reference books All sets of encyclopedias and reference books, regardless of whether the data is stored on bound books or electronic media N/A

Education and Communication

EB011 College tuition and fixed fees Includes all tuition and fixed fees charged by colleges and universities. Non-degree status is eligible for pricing, but only at degree-conferring institutions. Includes both full tuition payment and tuition payment reduced by financial aid. Room and board, textbook charges, refundable fees, and all other non-fixed fees. Institutions that do not offer degrees are not eligible for pricing.

Education and Communication

EB021 Elementary and high school tuition and fixed fees Includes all tuition and fixed fees charged by private elementary schools and high schools (grades 1–12). Kindergarten tuition/fees are eligible for this ELI. Boarding schools (the student lives at the school) are eligible for pricing.  Room and board, lunches, books, supplies, uniform rental or purchase, refundable fees, and all other non-fixed fees. Most public schools since they do not charge tuition and fees.

Education and Communication

EB031 Day care and preschool Includes charges for the care of pre-elementary school children, including pre-kindergarten educational programs. Individuals whose occupation is to regularly care for pre-elementary school children are included.  Separate charges for books, uniforms, transportation or meals are not included. Short term, occasional child care (such as babysitting) is excluded. Any programs (such as extended before and after school day care) for grade school students are also excluded. 

Education and Communication

EB041 Technical and business school tuition and fixed fees Includes all tuition and fixed fees charged by business, secretarial, technical, vocational or trade schools. College-based programs may be eligible. Programs may be taken at school buildings, through the mail (correspondence courses) or on the Internet. Students do not have to physically attend classes in the selected school's facilities. High schools and vocational high schools. Room and board, textbook charges and all non-fixed fees. Non-mandatory fixed fees and refundable fees. 

Education and Communication

EC011 Postage Includes the postage service provided by the United States Postal Service. The following items are the only items eligible for pricing: First Class Card Postage, First Class Letter Postage, Express and Priority Mail, and Package Postage. All other postal services are excluded from pricing.

Education and Communication

EC021 Delivery services Includes fees for delivery of items such as letters, documents, and packages at non-US Postal Services facilities. Business related services and charges for the delivery of freight such as household goods and automobiles. Shipping and handling charges of online purchases paid to non-delivery service outlets.

Education and Communication

ED031 Wireless phone service Personal wireless (also known as cellular) phone service where the telephone instrument is portable and sends/receives signals for calls through the air waves. Services priced are primarily specific plans offered by cellular companies. This also includes prepaid plans. All service charges, applicable per-plan charges or per-minute call charges, and other charges normally included in a cellular plan are eligible for pricing. Any service priced must be registered with the selected phone company. All pagers, portable radios, tablet or laptop computers, pay phone charges. Residential landline telephone service. Other phone services like long distance, phone service activation and instrument purchase/rental are excluded unless they are automatically included with a plan. Any plans that are centered around business usage are not eligible. For example, plans offered under business options offered by the carriers. Any service where the customer purchases a preloaded phone (such as from a convenience store shelf), and the calling service is included for whomever purchased the phone. Any plans that only provide data access, and no voice calling.

Education and Communication

ED041 Land-line telephone services A card, document, or electronic media that consumers may purchase at retail outlets, vending machines, or electronically, which allows the purchaser to make prepaid toll or long distance calls. Residential landline telephone service where there are specific charges per call or per group of calls. Local, Interstate toll, Intrastate toll, and International toll phone calling are included. Residential landline bundle of services that includes landline telephone service, and one or both of the following: television service and/or Internet service. Services priced are primarily specific plans offered by the selected company. All applicable per-plan charges, or individual charges for telephone, television, and/or Internet segments of the plan are eligible for pricing. Excludes: o Credit cards; toll or local phone company proprietary calling cards; calling cards where the consumer does not prepay the toll calling; prepaid cellular minutes. o All pagers, portable radios, pay phone charges. o Cellular/portable telephone service. o Telephone, television, or internet hardware purchase/rental, unless it is automatically included at no extra charge with the plan. o Any plans that are centered around business usage are not eligible. o Any bundles that do not include landline telephone service. o Web hosting or file hosting service. o Television pay-per-view programming. o Installation charges.   Purchase or leasing/rental of telephone equipment, cellular telephones and cellular service, long distance charges, intercoms, data phones, calling cards, credit cards, etc.

Education and Communication

EE011 Personal computers and peripheral equipment Includes all types of personal computers including handheld computers, computer hardware, and peripheral equipment sold for noncommercial applications. Includes personal computers and tablets, E-Readers and handheld devices, and computer parts, peripherals, and accessories Any computer that is used for commercial use. Any handheld computer which also functions as a cell phone. Any standalone GPS unit.

Education and Communication

EE021 Computer software and blank media Software on media, such as discs, CDs, DVDs, or downloadable software. This ELI includes "Apps" purchased directly from cell phones or online "app" stores.  Blank media (storage) includes blank DVDs or CDs and flash drives. Older recordable media types such as VHS video tapes or mini DVDs are also included here Video game software which is made specifically for video game consoles such as Xbox, Wii and PS4 systems.

Education and Communication

EE031 Internet access and other information services Includes charges for Internet access and other online services such as Webhosting, domain names, and file hosting for non-business use. (Providers of these services may include Internet Service Providers, traditional telephone companies, as well as cable TV companies and satellite companies). Bundled services (internet service, land-line phones, and TV service) are also eligible for pricing as long as internet services are specifically included in the bundle offered by the outlet. Also included is internet access provided by wireless carriers through equipment such as Laptop Sticks or Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots. Any charges not specifically related to obtaining internet access or online services such as Webhosting and domain names are excluded. Fees for online activities such as music or video downloads, streaming media; both music and video, fees for online gaming, subscriptions to online newspapers or magazines are excluded. 

Education and Communication

EE041 Phones, accessories, and smartwatches Cellphones, home-based phones, phone accessories, and smartwatches. Home phone and cellphone services. Two-eared headphones used primarily for listening to music. Watches that are phone- and data plan-independent like GPS watches and heart rate watches.

Education and Communication

EE042 Calculators, typewriters, and other information processing equipment Calculators, typewriters, and other information processing equipment for non-business use. Equipment referred to as Personal Digital Assistants (PDA's) or "handheld PC's."

Food and beverages

FA011 Flour and prepared flour mixes Includes all types and varieties of flour and prepared baking mixes. Examples of flour include all purpose, self-rising, barley, bran, buckwheat, corn, graham, potato, rye, soybean, wheat, rice, and cake flour. Examples of prepared baking mixes include cake mixes, cookie mixes, as well as pancake, waffle, muffin, roll, bread, piecrust, pie, and biscuit prepared flour mixes. Corn and wheat meal, grits, and refrigerated, ready mixed cookie dough.

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FA021 Breakfast cereal & cereal bars Includes all varieties and types of ready-to-eat and cooked cereals, including cereal in a single box, multiple boxes, or unpackaged (e.g. out of a bin or bulk). Also includes granola bars and bars labeled as cereal bars. The bars may be either chewy or crunchy style. Bars identified as “meal replacement” or “dietary supplement.”

Food and beverages

FA031 Rice, pasta, cornmeal, and other cereal products Includes rice, pasta, cornmeal, and other cereal products (e.g., couscous, millet, barley, bran, flax seed, and quinoa). Prepared rice dishes (e.g. pilaf or rice products with sauces, flavorings, or seasonings), prepared pasta dishes in any form (e.g., macaroni and cheese, fresh stuffed ravioli, and tortellini), as well as prepared couscous dishes (e.g. couscous products with sauces, flavorings, or seasonings). Grits, corn flour, and cornstarch.

Food and beverages

FB011 Bread Includes all varieties of white bread and bread other than white. Bread may be sold fresh, day old, frozen, or refrigerated. Rolls, buns, bagels, biscuits, muffins/English muffins, and sandwich thins/flats/rounds. Bread type cakes such as canned nut breads, date breads, gingerbread, baba au rum, banana nut breads, sweet breads, and raisin nut bread. Matzo. Frozen or refrigerated dough.

Food and beverages

FB021 Fresh biscuits, rolls, and muffins Includes all fresh rolls, biscuits, and muffins, regardless of type of flour. Frozen products and refrigerated doughs and batters. Sweet rolls, including cinnamon buns.

Food and beverages

FB031 Cakes and cupcakes (excluding frozen) Includes all cakes, cupcakes, and brownies which are fresh, refrigerated, pre-packaged, or in any other non-frozen form. This ELI also includes cakes such as cheese cake which are kept refrigerated to prevent spoilage; and bread type cakes such as canned nut breads, date breads, gingerbread, baba au rum, banana nut breads, sweet breads, and raisin nut bread. Frozen cakes and cupcakes.

Food and beverages

FB032 Cookies All cookies such as filled cookies, iced cookies, and frozen cookies. This ELI also includes unfilled cones that are used for ice cream. Frozen and refrigerated cookie dough and cones that contain ice cream.

Food and beverages

FB041 Crackers and bread & cracker products Includes all cracker and bread & cracker products. Cracker sandwiches or products that include a filling or dip of cheese, peanut butter, meats or vegetable topping, or other ingredient. Animal crackers or products that would be considered cookies. Frozen piecrust dough or batters (regular piecrust is included).Prepared stuffing that is cooked and ready to eat.

Food and beverages

FB042 Sweet rolls, coffee cake & doughnuts (excluding frozen) Includes all sweet rolls, coffee cake, and doughnuts both fresh and pre-packaged. Sweet rolls include Danish pastries, cinnamon buns, etc. Coffee cakes include strudels as well as more conventional cinnamon coffee cakes. All doughnuts are included, e.g., filled doughnuts, crullers, twists, etc. Frozen products and refrigerated dough and batter which are included in ELI FB043.

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FB043 Frozen bakery products & frozen/refrigerated doughs & batters All frozen bakery products except frozen bread and cookies. This ELI also includes all frozen or refrigerated doughs and batters. Frozen bread and cookies.

Food and beverages

FB044 Pies, tarts, turnovers (excluding frozen) Includes all fresh or pre-packaged pies, tarts, turnovers, and toaster pastries. Pie shells and pie crust mixes. Frozen and refrigerated products and doughs, which are included in ELI FB043.

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FC011 Uncooked ground beef This ELI includes fresh or frozen 100% ground beef, or ground beef with additives or extenders. Also includes kosher beef. Ground beef combined with other meats and ground veal.

Food and beverages

FC021 Uncooked beef roasts Includes all fresh or frozen roasts from the beef carcass. Includes kosher beef. All veal.

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FC031 Uncooked beef steaks All fresh or frozen steaks from the beef carcass. Includes kosher beef. All veal.

Food and beverages

FC041 Uncooked other beef and veal Includes all fresh or frozen uncooked beef except ground beef, beef roasts, and beef steaks. Includes all fresh or frozen veal. Uncooked ground beef, roasts, and steaks; beef tongue and all beef organ meat; beef sausage; and beef jerky.

Food and beverages

FD011 Bacon, breakfast sausage and related products This ELI includes all types and forms (or cuts) of pork bacon, Canadian bacon and bacon substitutes such as turkey bacon, beef bacon, vegetarian bacon, etc. Examples of bacon forms (or cuts) are slab bacon, sliced bacon, end pieces and jowl bacon. Also included in this ELI are various types and forms of breakfast sausage such as, pork sausage, vegetarian based sausage, and other meats based sausage including a variety of meat combinations. Examples of meat combinations may include pork and turkey, pork and beef, etc. Forms of breakfast sausage may include loose, unlinked and linked in casings, and patty meat substitutes, formed links without casings, etc. The ingredients for breakfast sausage may include meat, poultry, cereal, soy protein, and other extenders. Salt pork, non-breakfast sausage (Italian sausage, polish sausage, bratwurst, etc.), and frozen vegetable patties.

Food and beverages

FD021 Ham Includes all ham, canned, fresh, cured, or smoked, etc. Ham comes from the hind leg of the pig. Includes cooked and uncooked ham. Picnics and ham sold as luncheon meat.

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FD031 Pork chops Includes all cuts of pork chops whether fresh, frozen, or smoked. Stuffed pork chops are also eligible in this ELI. Pork roasts which can be sliced into chops.

Food and beverages

FD041 Other pork including roasts and picnics Includes all pork roasts, both fresh and cured, picnics, and other pork excluding canned. Bacon, pork chops, ham, and sausage.

Food and beverages

FE011 Frankfurters Includes all frankfurters and hot dogs. The ingredients may include meat, poultry, cereal, soy protein, and other extenders. The frankfurters may be filled with cheese, bacon and cheese, chili, etc. Knockwurst, bratwurst, cocktail franks, Polish sausage.

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FE012 Lunchmeats Includes all lunchmeats, luncheon loaves, and sausages not used as breakfast items. Lunchmeats are typically intended for sandwiches; they are usually sliced and generally do not require cooking before use. The sausage included in this ELI may or may not be sliced, and may or may not require cooking before use. Examples of items in this ELI are: bologna, liverwurst, salami, sliced roast beef, dried chipped beef, sliced chicken or turkey, chicken loaf, ham loaf, bratwurst, pepperoni, summer sausage, and Italian sausage. N/A

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FE013 Lamb, organ meats, and game Includes all lamb and mutton; organ meats from beef, pork, veal, lamb, and other animals; and game. The ELI also includes combinations of uncooked ground meat such as beef and pork, beef and veal, and ground poultry combined with other ground meat; and combinations of uncooked meat from more than one animal source. Examples of organ meats are: liver, kidney, heart, brains, tripe, chitterlings, sweetbreads, and tongue. Examples of game are: bear, buffalo, venison, goat, rabbit, rattlesnake, pheasant, grouse, quail, etc. Poultry organs like chicken livers.

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FF011 Chicken Includes all uncooked, fresh and frozen whole chicken, chicken parts, organ meats and chicken roasts. Uncooked chicken that has been seasoned or marinated is included in this ELI. Turkey, duck, Cornish game hens, pheasant, grouse and quail. Ready-to-eat chicken (such as rotisserie), as well as canned chicken. Pre-cooked frozen and breaded breasts, tenders, patties or wings are excluded as well.

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FF021 Other poultry including turkey Includes fresh and frozen turkeys, turkey parts, turkey roasts, Cornish game hens, duck, goose, and other poultry. Chicken; cooked, ready-to-eat turkey; canned turkey; and other poultry. Pheasant, grouse, and quail which are in FE013.

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FG011 Fresh fish and seafood Includes all fish and seafood items sold as fresh by the outlet. Typically, items included in this ELI may be labeled "fresh/frozen" or previously frozen and are generally sold in the fresh fish and seafood section. All packaged, shelf stable, and frozen fish and seafood.

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FG02 Processed fish and seafood All packaged shelf stable, frozen, and otherwise processed fish and seafood are included. Items sold as fresh by the outlet, as well as fish stews and fish combinations.

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FH01 Eggs Includes all types of chicken and non-chicken eggs such as shell eggs, egg substitutes or egg products. Egg substitutes or products may be in liquid, powdered or frozen form. Eggs that have been already cooked such as hard-boiled eggs.

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FJ011 Milk This ELI includes all fresh, ready-to-drink (RTD) milk and milk substitutes. Items can be organic or not organic. Examples of items in this ELI are, whole milk, reduced fat milk, low fat milk, skim milk or non-fat milk, buttermilk, flavored milk, lactose reduced milk, lactose free milk, acidophilus milk, Ultra High Temperature (UHT) milk, goat milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and rice milk. Condensed and evaporated milk, powdered milk, cream products, half and half and chocolate drink other than chocolate milk.

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FJ021 Cheese and cheese products Includes all natural and processed cheeses, cheese foods, and cheese spread and imitation cheeses. N/A

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FJ031 Ice cream and related products This ELI includes all types of ice cream and its substitute items. These may be sold in bulk, cups, sandwiches, bars, slices, cakes or pies. Examples of items are ice cream, sherbet and frozen yogurt. Also included are flavored ice products like popsicles, sorbets, and Italian ices. Other dairy confections such as gelato, frozen custard and freeze dried ice cream, are also eligible. Dairy-free items such as soy and coconut milk ice cream-type products are included as well. N/A

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FJ041 Other dairy and related products This ELI includes all types of dairy and non-dairy based milk that are not ready-to-drink (RTD) such as powdered milk, evaporated milk, and condensed milk. Included in this ELI are various types and varieties of yogurt, sour cream, whipping cream, whipped or pre-whipped cream, half and half, etc., that may be used in baking, cooking, toppings, fillings or used as a substitute for milk or cream in coffee or other beverages, etc. This ELI also includes those ready-to-drink (RTD) products that contains at least some dairy ingredients. Examples of these are milkshakes, smoothies (includes both dairy and non-dairy, such as soy-based smoothie), nonalcoholic eggnogs, malted milk, yogurt drink, and kefir. Non-dairy products include products derived from soy, almond, rice, coconut, etc. Frozen yogurt in any form (bars, balls, pops, buds, etc.), eggnog containing alcohol, and liquid and powdered diet beverages. Items labeled soy milk/soy drink, almond milk/almond drink, rice milk/rice drink, and coconut milk.

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FK011 Apples Includes all fresh apples. All-purpose apples, apples for eating, and apples for cooking are eligible in this ELI. Also includes packaged "fresh cut" apples and "peeled" apples. Apples that have been dried, frozen, canned, or sold in jars.

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FK021 Bananas Includes all fresh bananas, green bananas, ripened bananas, and over-ripened bananas. Also includes plantains, red bananas, and miniature, baby, or junior bananas. Bananas that have been dried, frozen, canned, or sold in jars.

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FK031 Citrus fruits Includes all fresh citrus fruits. Also includes "fresh cut" and "peeled" citrus fruits. Citrus fruits that have been dried, frozen, canned, or are otherwise processed. Canned fruit is either pasteurized or contains preservatives (often citric acid and/or ascorbic acid) and is "canned" in a preserving liquid, (syrup, juice, or water).

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FK041 Other fresh fruits Includes all fresh fruits except apples, bananas, and citrus fruits. (e.g., apricots, avocados, berries, cherries, coconut, grapes, kiwifruit, mangoes, melons, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, and pomegranates) Fruits that have been dried, frozen, canned, or are otherwise processed. Canned fruit is either pasteurized or contains preservatives (often citric acid and/or ascorbic acid) and is "canned" in a preserving liquid, (syrup, juice, or water).

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FL011 Potatoes Includes all fresh potatoes such as white, sweet, yams, and others. Potatoes which are not fresh. Potatoes which have been dried, canned, or sold in jars or frozen are not included.

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FL021 Lettuce Includes all fresh lettuce varieties including packaged, so called "fresh cut" 100% lettuce salads and salad mixes, provided lettuce is the ONLY vegetable. (Salads that include vegetables other than lettuce belong in FL041). Other leafy greens often used in salads which are not actually lettuce such as endive, escarole, radicchio, and chicory.

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FL031 Tomatoes All fresh tomatoes, any type or variety. Any tomato which is not fresh and is sold dried, canned, or jarred.

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FL041 Other fresh vegetables including fresh herbs Includes all fresh vegetables other than potatoes, lettuce, and tomatoes (e.g., artichokes, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, leafy greens, leeks, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsnips, peas, peppers, radishes, rutabagas, shallots, squash, and turnips), and fresh herbs (e.g., basil, cilantro, dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, saffron, sage, tarragon, and thyme). "Packaged, fresh cut" vegetables, salads and salad mixes which are not made up entirely of lettuce are also included. Items in this ELI may include a small package of dressing or mix and/or non-vegetable items such as croutons or cheese. Vegetables and herbs which are not fresh and are sold dried, frozen, canned, or in jars.

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FM011 Canned and other shelf stable fruits and vegetables Includes all types and varieties of fruits and vegetables which have been processed by a "canning" procedure to prolong their shelf life and are typically sold in cans, jars, or cups. Includes "canned" items that may require refrigeration prior to opening. Also includes refried beans, canned beans, and canned baked beans with meat or meat flavoring All fruit and vegetable juices (FN031); tomato sauces, purees, or pastes (FT043); chili; salsa; maraschino cherries; dried fruits and vegetables (FM031); and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables (FK and FL).

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FM021 Frozen fruits and vegetables Includes all types and varieties of frozen fruits and vegetables, including frozen French fries and prepared potatoes. Frozen vegetables may include some combination of rice, noodles, pasta or sauce. All frozen juice concentrates (FN021).

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FM031 Other processed fruits and vegetables including dried Includes all dried fruits and vegetables including beans, peas, and lentils which have been processed to extend their shelf life by any means other than freezing or canning. Dried or dehydrated "snack-type" items such as onion rings or "shoestring" potatoes (FT031).

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FN011 Carbonated drinks All sizes and flavors of non-alcoholic carbonated drinks.  Includes regular, decaffeinated, flavored, and diet varieties of cola, ginger ale, root beer, pepper-type, fruit (such as lemon-lime, orange, and grape), club soda, tonic water, sparkling mineral water, and carbonated energy drinks. Non-carbonated drinks, alcoholic beverages, and non-carbonated energy drinks and energy shots. Carbonated fountain drinks, normally sold in a cup.

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FN021 Frozen noncarbonated juices and drinks Includes all types and varieties of frozen noncarbonated juices and drinks. Examples are frozen juices like orange juice, frozen ades such as lemonade, frozen vegetable juices, frozen drinks, frozen fruit-flavored drinks, frozen tea and frozen coffee drinks. All juices and drinks that are not frozen and all frozen cocktail mixes.

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FN031 Nonfrozen noncarbonated juices and drinks Includes all types and varieties of noncarbonated juices and drinks that are not frozen. This includes canned, bottled, fresh, refrigerated, and aseptically packaged items. Examples are fruit juices (single strength or reconstituted) like orange juice, fruit flavored drinks, fruit ades such as lemonade, all vegetable juices such as carrot, tomato, and vegetable cocktail, noncarbonated bottled waters, and noncarbonated energy drinks. Ready-to-drink teas and tea-flavored drinks, ready-to-drink coffees and coffee-flavored drinks, as well as non-dairy chocolate drinks are also included. Powders and crystals, dairy products such as chocolate milk, carbonated water or fruit drinks, fountain drinks, and coffee drinks that are not pre-packaged.

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FP011 Coffee Includes Roasted Coffee and Instant and Freeze Dried Coffee. N/A

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FP021 Tea Includes all forms and varieties of tea. Examples of items in this ELI are loose tea, tea bags, powders/crystals, and herbal tea. Ready-to-drink tea, liquid concentrate.

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FP022 Other beverage materials Includes powders, crystals, tablets, and syrups used to make beverages other than coffee and tea. Also includes cocktail mixes and ice. Coffee and tea powders and crystals, dietary supplements, meal substitutes such as Slim Fast, chocolate syrups, and cocktail mixes that contain alcohol.

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FR011 Sugar and artificial sweeteners Includes all types of white and brown sugar, including confectioners and cubes, and all forms of artificial sweeteners. N/A

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FR021 Candy and chewing gum Includes most types of chocolate candy, non-chocolate candy, chewing gum, and breath mints. Fruit flavored rolls and snacks are also eligible in this ELI. Cough drops, throat lozenges, antacids, multivitamins for kids, and medicated gum such as nicotine gum. Granola/cereal bars, fitness/sports/energy bars, marshmallows, edible cake decorations (i.e. sprinkles), and dried fruit products are also excluded from this ELI.

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FR031 Other sweets Includes jellies, jams, preserves, marmalades, fruit butters, molasses, honey, pancake syrup, fudge mixes, chocolate syrup, ice cream toppings, icings, cake decorations, marshmallows, and similar products. N/A

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FS011 Butter and margarine Includes all refrigerated types of butter, margarine, vegetable oil spreads, and blends of vegetable oils and animal fats. Lard (manteca), shortening, and any non-refrigerated fats and oils.

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FS021 Mayonnaise, salad dressing, and sandwich spreads All products labeled as dressings, salad dressings, vinaigrettes, mayonnaise, and sandwich spreads. If an item is a combination of a dressing/marinade, dressing/sauce, or dressing/dip, it is still eligible to be priced in this ELI. Products labeled only as marinades, sauces, or dips. These items are priced in ELI FT043 or FT044.

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FS031 Peanut butter and other nut butters Includes all types of nut butters which contain peanuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia, and other nuts. Also included are nut butters combined with jelly, chocolate, honey, maple syrup, raisins, spices, and other such ingredients. Excludes fruit butters, which are priced in the ELI FR031.

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FS032 Other fats and oils Includes lard, shortening, salad or cooking oil, and cooking sprays. Items labeled as dressing or salad dressing.

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FT011 Soups and soup bases Includes shelf-stable, frozen, and refrigerated soup and soup mixes in all types of containers. Dried soups (such as ramen and noodle soup cups), and "soup and dip mix" products are also included. Bouillon, broths, stocks, and other soup bases in dried, liquid, or paste form are also eligible in this ELI. Hot soup and self-serve soup from the deli or food/salad bar. Chili and beef stew.

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FT021 Frozen prepared foods Includes the following frozen products: most individual and family-sized prepared meals and entrees, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner; pot pies; pizza; fully-cooked prepared chicken such as fried chicken, wings, and nuggets; party-type snacks and appetizers such as pizza rolls, mozzarella sticks, and corn dogs; certain breakfast foods, such as breakfast bowls, breakfast sandwiches such as sausage/egg/cheese croissants, and combination-type meals such as French toast with sausage, or scrambled eggs and bacon; and vegetarian-based (meatless) burger patties. Most frozen protein products such as: Uncooked raw meat and poultry products; Sliced steak for sandwiches; Breakfast sausage (including vegetarian-based sausage) such as links and patties; Fish and seafood products not packaged with side dishes. Frozen baked goods, pastries, and desserts such as: Products containing only breakfast-type items such as French toast, waffles, or pancakes; Breads and doughs; Pretzels; Cakes and fruit pies; Whipped toppings; Ice cream and other novelties. Other frozen items such as: Soups; Vegetables, including French fries, tater tots, and onion rings; Fruits; Juice concentrate; Ice.

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FT031 Snacks Includes all types of potato chips and snacks such as chips, popcorn kernels, popped corn, cheese flavored snacks, potato sticks, pork rinds, trail mix etc. This ELI also includes all varieties of nuts, whether in shell or out of shell. N/A

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FT041 Salt and other seasonings and spices Includes salt, pepper, seasonings/seasoning blends, spices, and dried herbs. Cooking bags with seasonings, grinders, and dry rubs are also eligible in this ELI. Fresh herbs, bouillon, bread/flour-coating type products, cinnamon sugar, extracts, food colorings, and products labeled purely as marinades, sauces, or gravies. Products labeled as "salad dressing and seasoning mix."

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FT042 Olives, pickles, relishes Includes all types and varieties of olives, pickles, and relishes. N/A

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FT043 Sauces and gravies Includes catsup and other tomato sauces, prepared mustard, barbeque sauces, hot sauces, steak sauces, spaghetti sauces, all types of gravies and other sauces in bottles or cans. This ELI also includes dry mixes. N/A

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FT044 Other condiments (excluding olives, pickles, and relishes) Includes baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, yeast, extracts or flavorings, prepared dips, dry dip mixes, baking chocolate, chocolate chips, butterscotch, gelatin, vinegar, maraschino cherries, etc. N/A

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FT051 Baby food Includes formula, juice, fruit, vegetable, cereal, meat, and snack products designed for newborns, infants, and toddlers. Oral electrolyte solutions and nutritional supplements.

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FT061 Prepared salads Includes all ready-to-eat salads such as potato salad, cole slaw, and jello salad. Items in this ELI are often sold at the deli counter or in a refrigerated section. This ELI also includes everything sold as part of a salad bar. Pre-packaged, cut up produce items like lettuce that are sold in the produce section.

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FT062 Other miscellaneous foods Includes any non-frozen foods not priced elsewhere in Food at Home. Items generally include refrigerated or shelf-stable packaged meals, dishes, and kits. Eligible items in this ELI include: Spanish/Mexican foods; Italian foods; Asian foods; prepared meat/poultry/fish dishes; dried pasta/rice/couscous with sauces/flavorings/seasonings; miscellaneous desserts; and protein powders/shakes/bars. Frozen foods; canned beans; ramen and other soup-based products; tomato or spaghetti sauces without pasta; tuna products without crackers; pasta/rice/couscous without sauces, flavorings, or seasonings; pie filling; baking mixes such as cake mixes and brownie mixes; cereal or granola bars; items sold as part of the salad bar.

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FV011 Full service meals and snacks Food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased at establishments primarily geared towards on-premise consumption. Waiter/waitress service is provided, and food and drink orders are taken while patrons are seated at a table, counter, or booth. Payment is taken after eating. Food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased at vending machines, mobile vendors, employee sites, and schools (pre kindergarten-12th grade, colleges/universities). Board contracts and catered affairs.

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FV021 Limited service meals and snacks Food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased at establishments where patrons generally order and pay at the register before eating. Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be consumed on the premises, taken out, or delivered to customers’ locations. If waiter/waitress service is provided, they do not take food orders while patrons are seated at a table, counter, or booth. Additionally, to-go menus at full-service establishments providing dedicated take-out service are eligible. Food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased at full service establishments not providing dedicated take-out service. Food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased at vending machines, mobile vendors, employee sites, and schools (pre kindergarten-12th grade, colleges/universities).Board contracts and catered affairs.

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FV031 Food at employee sites and schools Includes most food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased at employee sites and schools. Employee sites typically include cafeterias, dining rooms, and snack bars located in establishments such as office buildings, factories/plants, and hospitals. Food service businesses at employee sites may be directly run by the employer/employee site, or by a contractor for the employer/employee site. Food purchased from cafeterias in elementary and secondary schools are eligible. Other than meal plans, food sold at colleges is included in the ELI. Board contracts (i.e. meal plans offered in colleges/universities). Food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased from vending machines and mobile vendors, as well as expenses from catered events.

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FV041 Food from vending machines and mobile vendors Food from vending machines and mobile vendors is either food purchased directly from a machine or food sold from a mobile vendor. A mobile vendor typically has a cart, a vehicle, or a container which holds the product he or she sells. Also, to qualify as a mobile vendor, the vendor can move the point of sale. The mobile vendor takes the customer's order and sells the product directly to the customers. N/A

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FV051 Board, catered events, and other food away from home Board, Catered Events, and Other Food Away From Home includes board, catered events, and any other food away from home not classified elsewhere. Catered events paid for by businesses.

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FW011 Beer, ale, and other malt beverages at home All Malt beverages purchased for home use. All malt beverages and all low-alcohol refreshers such as “coolers” purchased in a restaurant, bar, or club for on-premise consumption.

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FW021 Distilled spirits at home Includes all distilled spirit products purchased for home use. This ELI includes whiskeys, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and "specialties" (brandy, cordials/liqueurs, cocktail/mixed drinks, etc.). All alcohol purchased in restaurants, bars, or clubs for on premise consumption. Malt beverages and low-alcohol refreshers such as "coolers".

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FW031 Wine at home Includes all wine and wine based low alcohol refreshers purchased for home use. All wines and low alcohol refreshers purchased in restaurants, bars or clubs for on-premise consumption. Low alcohol refreshers that are malt based.

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FX011 Alcoholic beverages away from home Includes all alcoholic malt beverages, wine, low-alcohol refreshers such as coolers and distilled spirits purchased in restaurants, bars, or clubs for on-premise consumption. N/A

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HA01 Rent of primary residence The rental charge for units serving as tenant-occupied primary residences including any extra charges for garage & parking facilities. Units occupied by owners or relatives of owners, units which are not primary residences, and public housing projects

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HB011 Lodging while at school Includes rental of rooms, apartments, flats, and homes while at school. However, only housing that is owned, leased or controlled by the university or college is eligible. This includes housing facilities leased by the university or college and housing that is privately owned but is subject to university or college regulations and price policies. It can be on or off campus housing, as long as the current price information is available through the university or college. Fraternities and sororities are eligible if a room rate can be reported which excludes any membership or special fees. Apartments or lodging through a referral service offered by the university or college; board or tuition when the price can be separated from the price for housing; reduced fees offered in exchange for work done in the housing facility; security deposits; refundable fees, and fees for summer sessions.

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HB021 Rental of lodging away from home Overnight accommodations at hotels, motels, cottages, resorts, condominiums, and vacation rentals for non-residential use only. Includes any accommodation available for rent on a short-term basis to private individuals on vacation or personal business. Rentals intended for long term occupancy, as permanent, year-round residences, or rentals that are only available to large groups, institutions, businesses, government, or employees of the outlet, are excluded and ineligible. Fees that are considered optional should not be collected, such as parking, food, and access to media including on demand movies, pay per view, and internet access. Timeshare purchases.

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HC011 Owner's equivalent rent of primary residence The implicit rental cost of owner-occupied primary residences Units occupied by tenants, units which are not primary residences.

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HD011 Tenants' and household insurance Includes contents coverage insurance for tenants as available in standardized homeowners’ policies. Physical damage and liability coverage are both included with homeowners policies. Dwellings eligible for coverage include rented single family dwelling units. Insurance on commercial properties.

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HE011 Fuel oil Includes only fuel oil number 2, used for residential heating Fuel oil types used for non-residential heating (e.g. commercial, industrial) and those types which are included in HE021 (such as propane and kerosene/fuel oil number 1).

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HE021 Other household fuels Fuels sold to residential customers, including propane, butane, methane, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, firewood, wood pellets, charcoal, and anthracite or bituminous coal. Refillable propane cylinders, like those used for grilling, are included in this ELI. The following services may be included in the price: delivery, cleaning of furnace, repair service, and automatic refill. Fuel oil and coke or any kind of coal other than bituminous or anthracite.

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HF011 Electricity Includes electricity service to individually metered residential units. Business and commercial uses.

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HF021 Utility (piped) gas service Includes gas purchased from a gas utility or distribution company for residential use and delivered to the customer through pipelines and mains. This gas is generally natural gas, although manufactured or mixed gas, which is 99 percent pure, is also included. Bottled or tank gas; propane; non-residential uses.

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HG011 Residential water and sewerage service Includes water and sewer service to all separately billed residential units. Non-residential water and sewer service.

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HG021 Garbage and trash collection Includes privately operated firms and local governments that provide this service. Trash collection that is billed with property taxes or included in the water and sewer bill but listed separately is eligible. Non-residential service and service that is paid through property taxes by levying a tax rate against an assessed valuation.

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HH011 Floor coverings All types of room rugs, area rugs, scatter rugs, outdoor carpeting, wall-to-wall carpeting including installation, and hard surface flooring including installation. N/A

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HH021 Curtains and drapes All types of curtains and draperies, ready-made and custom-made, installed and not installed. Curtain hardware such as brackets and rods.

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HH022 Window coverings All types of both stock and custom made venetian blinds, conventional window shades, roman shades and rollup shades. N/A

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HH031 Bathroom linens Towels, wash cloths, bath mats, bath rugs, toilet covers, and shower curtains. N/A

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HH032 Bedroom linens Bedspreads, blankets, throws, comforters, comforter sets, quilts, coverlets, sheets, pillowcases, bed pillows, mattress pads, foam toppers, bedskirts, and pillow covers. N/A

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HH033 Kitchen and dining room linens All types of kitchen and dining room linens, including dishcloths, dishtowels, tablecloths, napkins and placemats. Only single items and sets which are prepackaged are eligible. N/A

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HJ011 Mattress and foundations All sizes of mattresses and foundations, whether sold as individual units or as sets. Mattress pads which are located in HH032. Bed frames or platform bed bases which are located in HJ012.

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HJ012 Bedroom furniture other than mattress and springs Furniture intended for use in a bedroom. This includes but is not limited to: chest of drawers, dressers, vanities (including mirrors), nightstands, chaise lounges, headboards, frames (and combinations such as headboards, footboards and frames), bunkbeds/loft beds, daybeds and trundles. Bedroom furniture sold only in sets and bedroom chairs.

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HJ021 Sofas, sofa sleepers, furniture covers and decorative pillows Couches, futons, convertible and non-convertible sofas, love seats, singles and sets, sectional/modular groupings, slipcovers and decorative pillows. N/A

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HJ022 Living room chairs Recliners, upholstered lounge chairs, occasional chairs and inflatable chairs. N/A

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HJ023 Living room tables This ELI contains coffee tables, cocktail tables, end tables, sofa tables and lamp tables of all sizes, shapes and materials. Ottomans. Ottomans and Hassocks can be found in ELI HJ033/Cluster 04B.

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HJ024 Kitchen and dining room furniture Tables, chairs, case goods, utility type cabinets used in the kitchen, dinette or dining room. "Other Dining Room Furniture" and all "sets" of furniture except table and chair sets.

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HJ031 Infants' furniture Cribs, mattresses, chests, dressers, playpens, play yards, bassinets, high chairs and dressing tables. N/A

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HJ032 Outdoor furniture This includes: Patio, porch and other outdoor furniture, such as sofas, chairs, chaise lounges, tables, hammocks, canopies, umbrellas, and benches. Also included are sets such as: sofa sets (3 seat + 2 seat or sofa and loveseat), sofa and chair, patio table & chairs, along with picnic style table and bench(s). These items can be priced separately or attached as with benches connected to a picnic table. Barbecue grills and outdoor decorative items.

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HJ033 Occasional furniture Included are: Entertainment centers, entertainment center armoires, curio cabinets, bookcases, bars and bar sets, desks, bar stools, ottomans, hassocks, and room dividers. N/A

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HK011 Refrigerators and freezers All refrigerators, freezers, and combination refrigerator-freezers for the home. N/A

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HK012 Washers and dryers All full size and compact automatic washers, clothes dryers, and washer/dryer combinations for use in the home. N/A

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HK013 Ranges and cooktops All non-portable ranges and cooktops. Wall ovens and microwave ovens that are not part of a range unit.

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HK014 Microwave ovens All microwave ovens that are not part of a range Microwave ovens that are a part of a range.

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HK021 Floor cleaning equipment All types and varieties of vacuum cleaners, steam vacuums, rug shampooers and floor polishers. N/A

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HK022 Small electric kitchen appliances Includes toasters, mixers, blenders, electric can openers, coffee makers, broiler or rotisseries (indoor), electric pots and pans, knives, food warmers, griddles, corn poppers, ice cream freezers, toaster ovens, irons, and all other small electric kitchen appliances except those explicitly included. Heating and cooling items, microwaves, and vacuum cleaners.

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HK023 Other electric appliances Heating and cooling equipment (including all air conditioning units that are not part of a "central" air conditioning system, fans, heaters, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers), intercoms, home security devices, and other electric appliances not specifically included elsewhere. Items or systems that are installed by professional contractors, central air conditioning systems, and humidifiers that are part of a central heating system.

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HL011 Lamps and lighting fixtures All types of indoor lighting including floor and table lamps, pole lights, chandeliers and other ceiling and wall lights. Outdoor lights.

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HL012 Household decorative items and clocks Paintings, pictures, digital and conventional picture frames, mirrors, figurines, ash trays, wall hangings, fountains (for indoor use), collectible plates, decorative baskets, book ends, wine racks, vases, and various types and styles of clocks including alarm, wall, table, cuckoo, travel, and floor models. Original paintings and limited edition (including signed and numbered) prints, decorative candles, clock radio/cd type alarm clocks, and outdoor fountains. Handheld and freestanding floor mirrors (mirrors that are not primarily decorative).

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HL021 Indoor plants and fresh cut flowers All plants intended for use indoors and cut flowers. N/A

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HL031 Dishes All non-disposable dishes, serving pieces, and glassware. Serving pieces that can also be used for cooking. Disposable dinnerware of any kind.

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HL032 Flatware All non-disposable flatware. N/A

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HL041 Nonelectric cookware All types and varieties of nonelectric pots and pans, including tea kettles. Items such as casserole dishes that can be used to cook, serve and store food are included here. Lightweight, disposable aluminum foil baking pans.

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HL042 Nonelectric kitchenware Nonelectric items used in a kitchen for the preparation of food and drinks (e.g., knives, utensils, scales). This also includes standard storage items such as a spice rack, salt and pepper shaker, and oil and vinegar sets. Plastic food storage containers; Barbeque accessories, such as turners specifically designed for barbeques; Utensils designed specifically for serving or eating and not food preparation; all electrical items.

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HM011 Paint, wallpaper, tools, and supplies All types and varieties of paint, wallpaper and other wall coverings, painting chemicals and supplies including brushes, rollers, and roller pads, trays, and combinations of these items. N/A

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HM012 Power tools Includes all types of consumer power tools including corded and cordless portable power tools, air power tools, soldering tools, bench and table power tools, power washers and air compressors. Commercial quality tools are eligible to be priced in this ELI. Power tools primarily used for gardening and painting, such as items lawn mowers, cultivators, hedge-cutters, chain saws, paint sprayers and power rollers. Shop-Vacs.

Housing

HM013 Miscellaneous hardware, supplies, and equipment Nails, bolts, screws, abrasives, ladders, curtain and traverse rods, ropes, shelves and shelving, fire extinguishers, locks, and other household hardware items not included elsewhere. N/A

Housing

HM014 Non-powered hand tools All nonpowered hand tools for indoor and outdoor use including wrenches, pliers, hammers, axes, hatchets, saws, screwdrivers, shovels, hoes, trowels, rakes, and shears. Power tools.

Housing

HM021 Lawn and garden and outdoor equipment and grills All powered lawn and garden equipment including power mowers, riding mowers, garden tractors, snow throwers and blowers, outdoor vacuums, hedge trimmers, grass shears, chainsaws, and the various attachments to these items. Also included are barbecue grills. Powered lawn and garden equipment that are typically used for commercial purposes. Attachments for power equipment that are sold separately. Attachments included as part of the item are eligible.

Housing

HM022 Lawn and garden materials, outdoor decorative items, and pesticides Includes outdoor plants, trees, shrubs, seeds, soils, mulches, sand, sod, fertilizers, plant foods, weed killers, landscape supplies including stone, block, and crushed rock, plant containers/pots (empty), outdoor decorative items, and all indoor and outdoor pesticides. Indoor plants.

Housing

HN011 Laundry and cleaning products Household soaps and detergents, bleach, fabric softener, starch, water softener, fabric dye, scouring pads, oven cleaners, window cleaners, bathroom cleaners, ammonia, drain openers, and spot cleaners, for dishwashing, laundry, pre-soak, and general household use. Also included are all types of household waxes and polishes. Hand soaps, face soaps, body gels/washes.

Housing

HN012 Laundry and cleaning equipment Non-powered laundry and cleaning items including but not limited to clothes baskets, clothes line, ironing boards, pails, brooms, brushes, mops, dust pans, replacement mop heads of any kind, dusters and dust mitts. Starter kits for dust-mop systems or manual carpet sweepers which typically include the sweeper and a couple of cloths, either wet or dry, a bottle of cleaning solution, or cartridges are eligible. Sets of items such as an ironing pad and cover sold together are eligible, as are clothes basket/hamper sets, and dust pan/brush sets. Dust mop pad or cloth refills or carpet sweeper refill cartridges.

Housing

HN021 Household paper products All sizes and varieties of facial tissue, toilet tissue, paper towels and paper napkins. N/A

Housing

HN031 Miscellaneous household products Aluminum foil, waxed paper, plastic wrap, plastic storage and garbage bags, paper bags, plastic and paper storage containers, disposable plates, disposable cups and flatware, toothpicks, light bulbs, household batteries, air fresheners, and other household supplies not included elsewhere. Photographic batteries, vehicle batteries, and cordless phone batteries.

Housing

HP011 Domestic services Includes all domestic services normally provided for a housing unit such as house cleaning, carpet cleaning, window cleaning, upholstery cleaning, cooking, laundering, and shopping. Nursing services (e.g., administering medication, monitoring vital signs, etc.) and services connected with the care of patients, elderly or convalescents (bathing, feeding or dressing patient, etc.).

Housing

HP021 Gardening and lawn care services Includes garden or lawn services such as mowing, thatching, trimming, fertilizing, insect control, weed control, mulching, leaf raking, pruning, and seeding. These services are performed by professional or individual gardening and lawn care maintenance firms. Landscaping services, such as designing or building irrigation systems, retaining walls, stone patios, etc.

Housing

HP031 Moving, storage, freight expense Includes all types of moving and freight services and storage of "household contents" items. Moving includes all distances (local, inter- and intra-state) and freight to encompass all methods of transporting items (motor, air, ship, bus, railway, etc.). "Household contents" is a broadly defined term. Transportation and/or pick up and delivery services for packages.

Housing

HP041 Appliance repair Includes repair to such household appliance items as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, microwave ovens, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, portable cooling equipment, electric floor cleaning equipment, garbage disposals, and sewing machines. Repair includes labor, parts, and all other applicable charges. Repairs to personal care appliances, computers, televisions, VCR's, radios, sound equipment, and other appliances used for recreation.

Housing

HP042 Reupholstery of furniture Includes materials and labor charges for reupholstering any piece of household furniture. Only reupholstery work done in a shop is included. Materials purchased for reupholstery work done in the home. Jobs where all of the actual reupholstery work is performed by a subcontractor, and not the selected outlet.

Housing

HP043 Inside home maintenance and repair services This ELI primarily includes inside contracting service jobs, such as painting, wallpapering, plumbing, or heating/air conditioning work. Other types of jobs that may be considered are plaster/drywall work, electrical work, window repair, or other inside repair work. Only jobs that the customer pays someone else to do (such as a contractor) are eligible. Work done for free by customer or anyone else, work done on an entire residential complex (only single residences are eligible), service contracts (unless otherwise instructed), and all outdoor contracting jobs.

Medical Care

MC011 Physicians' services Includes all services by office-based physicians (Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathy). Physicians in office-based practices owned by hospitals or private corporations are eligible for pricing in this ELI. Physicians salaried by insurance organizations such as Health Maintenance Organizations are also eligible. Hospital-based physicians and federal physicians. Ophthalmologists (priced in MC031), dentists (priced in MC021), podiatrists (priced in MC041), and other medical practitioners who are not M.D.'s or osteopaths (priced in MC041). Services reimbursed by capitation, Medicaid or worker's compensation.

Medical Care

MC021 Dental services Includes dental services performed by dentists, oral or maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, or other dental specialists in group or individual practice. Includes dental services performed in the dentist's office or in a hospital. Dental services performed under the supervision of practicing dentists by hygienists or dental interns are eligible for pricing in this ELI. Dentists salaried by insurance organizations such as Health Maintenance Organizations and services reimbursed by capitation, Medicaid or worker's compensation.

Medical Care

MC031 Eyeglasses and eyecare Includes fees for all eyecare services by optometrists, opticians, and ophthalmologists, including in-hospital care. Also included are all prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. Non-prescription eyeglasses, practitioners salaried by insurance organizations such as Health Maintenance Organizations, and services reimbursed by capitation, Medicaid or worker's compensation.

Medical Care

MC041 Services by other medical professionals Services By Other Medical Professionals. DEFINITION: Includes all services in the home, office, hospital, independent lab, independent imaging center or clinic by practitioners other than physicians (Doctors of Medicine, abbreviated M.D., and Doctors of Osteopathy, abbreviated D.O.). All types of hearing aids and the cost of testing and fitting of the hearing aid. An independent imaging center or laboratory is one that is independent both of an attending or consulting physicians’ office and of hospital ownership Opticians, optometrists, MD's, osteopaths and dentists. Practitioners salaried by insurance organizations such as Health Maintenance Organizations and services reimbursed by Medicaid or worker's compensation are also excluded. Practitioners reimbursed by capitation are also not eligible. Laboratories and Imaging Centers owned and billed by hospital systems.

Medical Care

MD011 Hospital services Includes out-of-pocket expense and costs covered by health insurance billed by the hospital for: hospital room (accommodation) including board; other inpatient hospital services, and hospital outpatient services. Medicare Part B (outpatient) IS eligible for initiation and pricing, as are Medicare Advantage plans. See outlet eligibility for the range of inpatient and outpatient facilities that are eligible for initiation and pricing. Fees for doctors not salaried by the hospital, MEDICARE PART A, MEDICAID (see more information below), TRICARE (military dependent coverage), Workers' Compensation payments, auto policy PIP (personal injury protection) coverage, and all plans where final reimbursement is by a government agency.

Medical Care

MD021 Nursing and convalescent home care Includes charges for institutionalized facility-based (as opposed to in-home) care at an establishment with three or more beds that provides nursing or personal care services to aged, infirm, chronically ill, or convalescing clients. The provider may be a nursing home, skilled or intermediate care facility, post-acute or sub-acute unit of a skilled nursing facility (SNF), SNF or long term care (LTC) unit of a hospital, the nursing care unit of a retirement center, a convalescent or rest home with nursing supervision, a home for the aged, or under narrowly defined circumstances, an assisted living facility (ALF). Price includes only the basic rate plus any mandatory additional charges for NON-OPTIONAL services. The charges reported are to be for inpatients or residents of the facility. Rent or mortgage payments at "retirement communities;" charges for care at orphanages and homes for dependent children, unwed mothers, the blind, the deaf, the mentally and physically challenged, drug abusers, alcoholics, and juvenile delinquents. Payments from Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Workers' Compensation funds.

Medical Care

MD022 Adult day care Includes charges for less-than-24-hours-per-day care for infirm, chronically ill, or functionally impaired individuals aged 18 years and over, billed by the center and paid privately, not by a government subsidy. Also encompasses provided services that may be included either in the base charge or billed as an extra charge, such as: transportation, meals, social services, nursing, personal care, therapy, and medical care. Providers of such care may be affiliated with or sponsored by organizations such as nursing homes, senior citizens centers, hospitals, municipalities, and churches, or may be free-standing, independently owned and operated centers. Charges for overnight stays for adults whose caretakers are on vacation, for home health care, and for individual sitters who do not provide care for adults on a regular basis.

Medical Care

MD031 Care of invalids, the elderly, and convalescents in the home Fees paid to individuals or agencies for the personal care of invalids, the elderly, or convalescents in the home. Personal services provided may include food preparation, making appointments, bathing, light house cleaning, laundry, shopping, and other non-medical services. Care that is provided by a person in a medical field such as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) or a Home Health Aide (HHA) must NOT include any medical components, such as dispensing medicine or monitoring vital signs, in order to be eligible for this ELI. Reimbursement may be paid through private insurance, or directly by the client. Medicare payments are NOT eligible. Nursing services (e.g. administering medication, monitoring vital signs, etc.) and any other service including a medical component. Medical monitoring, physical therapy, and other such services in the home are covered in MC041 Services by Other Medical Professionals. Neither Medicaid nor Medicare pricing is eligible for the CPI.

Medical Care

MF011  Prescription drugs Includes all drugs dispensed by prescription. Also includes prescription-dispensed over-the-counter drugs, i.e., those drugs that are obtained over the counter but are prescribed by the doctor and dispensed by the pharmacist. Inpatient hospital prescriptions and prescriptions paid by Medicaid or worker's compensation. Prescription medical supplies - syringes, diaphragms, etc.

Medical Care

MF021 Nonprescription drugs Includes all non-prescription medicines taken by swallowing, applying on your skin (such as topicals), inhaling, as suppositories, or enemas. N/A

Medical Care

MG011 Dressings and first aid kits Includes all dressings (bandages) and first aid kits. Topical medications are priced in ELI MF021. Nonprescription drugs. Wraps and bandages that are for support are instead priced in ELI MG013, Supportive Medical Equipment. 

Medical Care

MG012 Medical equipment for general use Includes non-prescription medical equipment not worn or not used for supporting the body.  Includes non-prescription male and female contraceptives. N/A

Medical Care

MG013 Supportive and convalescent medical equipment Includes all supportive and convalescent medical equipment and auxiliaries to such equipment. Dressings and dressing bandages used to treat wounds.

Other goods and services

GA011 Cigarettes All types and varieties of cigarettes sold in individual packs, multi-packs, and cartons. All tobacco products other than cigarettes. Specifically, all types and varieties of cigars, smoking tobacco: pipe and roll-your-own cigarette, and smokeless tobacco: chewing, snuff/dipping, and spitless. E-juice (a liquid solution that is heated and vaporized by an e-cigarette device), as well as disposable electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and other personal vapor devices that contain e-juice.

Other goods and services

GA021 Tobacco products other than cigarettes Includes all tobacco products other than cigarettes. Specifically, all types and varieties of cigars, smoking tobacco: pipe and roll-your-own cigarette, and smokeless tobacco: chewing, snuff/dipping, and snus/spitless. It also includes e-juice, a liquid solution that is heated and vaporized by an e-cig device, as well as disposable electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and other personal vaporizer devices that contain e-juice. E-juice can be sold in prefilled cartridges or in do-it-yourself refill bottles. Stand-alone e-cig or vaping devices that do not include e-juice. For example: Starter kits that require a separate purchase of e-juice or e-juice cartridges. Replacement battery packs, atomizers, empty/blank cartomizers, empty/blank cartridges or other vaporizing accessories.

Other goods and services

GB011 Products and nonelectric articles for the hair Hair care products including hair color, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, brushes and combs. N/A

Other goods and services

GB012 Dental and shaving products, including nonelectric articles Nonelectric dental products including toothpaste, toothbrushes, and dental floss; nonelectric shaving articles and preparations including razors and razor blades, after shave lotion, and miscellaneous shaving supplies. N/A

Other goods and services

GB013 Deodorant, suntan, sanitary, & footcare products Deodorant, suntan products and preparations, sanitary supplies, footcare products and preparations and shoe care products. N/A

Other goods and services

GB014 Electric personal care appliances All types of electric personal care appliances such as hair dryers, hair setters, electric toothbrushes, electric shavers, etc.. N/A

Other goods and services

GB021 Cosmetics/perfume/bath/nail preparations and implements Includes all types of cosmetics, bath soap and preparations, nail preparations, cologne and perfume, and manicure and eye make-up implements. Also included are items designed specifically for women, men and children, as well as unisex. Items such as medicated powder that is primarily used to temporarily relieve the pain and itch associated with: minor cuts, sunburn, insect bites, scrapes, prickly heat, minor burns, rashes and minor skin irritation.

Other goods and services

GC011 Haircuts and other personal care services Includes charges for all types of services offered to men, women or children at barber shops, beauty parlors, hair salons, tanning salons, nail salons, day spas or other establishments providing personal care services. Examples of services available include haircuts, shampoos, permanents, hair coloring, facials, manicures, pedicures, shaves, hair removal, tanning and care of wigs or hairpieces. Purchase of hair care products, other personal care products, wigs or hair pieces in the above outlets.

Other goods and services

GD011 Legal services Includes the cost of personal, non-commercial legal services. Filing fees, court fees, and travel expenses if billed separately, and legal services related to business dealings. Attorneys' fees associated with real estate transactions; they are defined as included in the homeowner component of the CPI.

Other goods and services

GD021 Funeral expenses Includes funeral expenses, preparation of body (e.g., embalming for burial or preparation for cremation), caskets, and outer burial containers. Also includes the cost of the initial purchase and all maintenance costs for a cemetery lot or crypt including niches and memorials. Cash advance items (e.g., newspaper notices, flowers, etc., if billed separately).

Other goods and services

GD031 Laundry and dry cleaning services Includes laundry and dry cleaning of apparel and household items in full service and coin-operated dry cleaning establishments and laundries. Diaper service is also included. N/A

Other goods and services

GD041 Shoe repair and other shoe services Includes all types of shoe repair and other shoe services for men's, women's and children's shoes. N/A

Other goods and services

GD042 Clothing alterations, rentals, and repairs Includes all types of alterations and repairs to clothing items and accessories other than shoes. Includes rental of all types of clothing items for men, women and children N/A

Other goods and services

GD043 Watch and jewelry repair Includes the cleaning, repairing, and part replacement for a men's or women's wrist watch; and the repairing of men's or women's jewelry; including ring sizing and ring setting repair, e.g., replacing or adding stones. Also included is necklace or bracelet repair, e.g., chain repair, clasp replacement, and replacing or adding stones. Plans which cover the costs of future needed maintenance or repairs of selected watch/jewelry are not included in this category.

Other goods and services

GD051 Checking accounts and other bank services Includes fees related to checking accounts and checking-type accounts, fees for safe deposit boxes, and fees for credit cards. Fees related to checking-type accounts include monthly (or other periodic) charges for the maintenance of an account; transaction charges; the cost of personalized checks; charges for cashier's, certified, or traveler's checks; charges for money orders; charges for notaries public; and other charges (such as ATM fees) related to checking account type services. Services for businesses and services for which interest is charged, such as lines of credit, overdraft protection, etc.

Other goods and services

GD052 Tax return preparation and other accounting fees Includes all charges for the time and expertise taken to prepare the required tax forms necessary for filing an individual's personal income tax return. Preparation of tax forms for a business enterprise.

Other goods and services

GE011 Stationery, stationery supplies, and giftwrap Includes all forms of stationery paper, and envelopes, in sets, or separately, all varieties of printer paper, loose-leaf filler, notebooks, and note pads, index cards, and labels. Also included in this category are greeting cards, gift wrapping paper and accessories, writing instruments and accessories, desk accessories, and other stationery supplies such as loose-leaf binders, tape, staples, and glue. N/A

Other goods and services

GE012 Luggage All types and styles of luggage intended for everyday, occasional, or infrequent usage. Examples of luggage include briefcases, cosmetic cases and suitcases. Bags generally dedicated to a specific purpose such as golf bags, camera bags, and tool cases.

Other goods and services

GE013 Infants' equipment Includes most items of infants' equipment, such as strollers, bottles, nipples, dishes, car seats, and carriers. Furniture items, like cribs or dressing tables.

Recreation

RA011 Televisions All non-portable, electronic video displays with television tuners. Televisions with built-in DVD or other media players are included. Televisions included in component systems are eligible as long as there is an individual price for the TV. Televisions including separate speakers or stands are also included. Computer monitors (displays without television tuners), and televisions designed for portable viewing (those with battery power) are priced in RA031. Television/audio component systems (audio components are priced in RA051) and television/video component systems (video components are priced in RA031).

Recreation

RA021 Cable and satellite television Subscriber fees for installation / activation and/or periodic charges associated with the use of cable television, satellite television, or live television on internet-connected devices. Examples of monthly subscriber fees are services such as: basic cable, expanded basic cable, digital cable, streaming video services provided by cable/satellite TV providers and premium movie channels. Also includes subscriber fees for activation and/or periodic charges associated with the use of television services that are bundled with other services, such as internet or telephone services. Standalone high speed internet or broadband services. Hardware like televisions, satellite dishes, installation kits and satellite accessories. Third-party subscription video streaming services. Satellite radio service.

Recreation

RA031 Other video equipment Includes purchased hardware used for displaying or making video. Set-top boxes, devices used to stream video between devices, video cassette recorders (VCRs), digital and personal video recorders (DVR or PVR), video disc players/recorders (DVD or Blu-ray), portable DVD players and other portable video players with screens larger than 7”, handheld portable TVs that are designed to operate on batteries, video cameras (camcorders), satellite television equipment, video accessories, and other video products. All stationary televisions including televisions designed to be installed in an automobile. Video tapes and discs for sale or rent, rental of video equipment, digital video recorder services, and satellite dish programming services. Portable media players with screens smaller than 7” are excluded unless they include a DVD player. Digital/personal video recorder subscription services. Cameras primarily intended for still photography are excluded even if they have a video feature.

Recreation

RA041 Prerecorded video discs/digital files/downloads and other media Includes all types of prerecorded Blu-ray, DVDs, and permanent movie downloads that are for sale. Temporary downloads; streaming media; and blank media. Rental of prerecorded video items are included in RA042. All Video on Demand (VOD) purchases though Cable or Satellite TV providers.

Recreation

RA042  Rental of video and other media This ELI includes expenditures related to the rental of video/movies/TV shows, and video games. These rentals may be transmitted through physical copy, streaming or temporary download. Rentals can be one-time rentals or subscription based to a library. Permanent downloads. Pay-Per-View, Video On-Demand purchases or rentals, and streaming video services only eligible to cable/satellite TV providers.

Recreation

RA051  Audio media players, recorders, systems, and other equipment All types of home, portable, and automobile audio equipment and accessories. Portable media players with screens larger than 7" (these are priced as video equipment). Personal audio players that can run Apps and browse the internet are priced under handheld computers. DVD, Blu-Ray, video streamers, and all other video players unless the unit functions primarily as receiver or is part of a bundled "Home Theater System."  

Recreation

RA061 Prerecorded audio discs/tapes/digital files/downloads All prerecorded audio media (other than audio books), including digital files that are downloaded from the Internet. Some audio formats, such as DVD-audio may have a relatively small portion of graphical content and still be eligible All forms of audio books as well as media primarily for video or computer usage. Examples of ineligible items include all forms of blank media, digital versatile discs (DVD’s) and video compact Discs (VCD’s). The process of streaming music is excluded from pricing.

Recreation

RB011 Pet food All types of pet food, including dog food cat food, and other pet food N/A

Recreation

RB012 Purchase of pets, pet supplies, accessories All types of pets, pet supplies and pet accessories including dogs, fish, birds, cats, collars, leashes, feeding bowls, cat litter, aquariums, and aquarium supplies and accessories N/A

Recreation

RB021 Pet services Pet services includes grooming, boarding at kennels, daycare, pet sitting, walking, obedience training, and license services for pets. Any veterinary services such as hospital stays, inoculations, medications.

Recreation

RB022 Veterinarian services Veterinarian services include medical examinations, shots, surgery, and other medical services that are performed by a veterinarian for primarily domesticated (home, residential) pets.  N/A

Recreation

RC011 Outboard motors and powered sports vehicles Outboard motors and motorized vehicles used primarily for  sport  or recreation, including all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, power boats, and powered golf carts. Recreational vehicles (self-propelled campers).

Recreation

RC012 Unpowered boats and trailers Rowboats, canoes, sailboats, kayaks, inflatable boats, boat trailers, horse trailers, tent trailers, and unpowered campers. N/A

Recreation

RC013 Bicycles and accessories All types and sizes of bicycles and accessories/components. Motorized bikes.

Recreation

RC021 General sports equipment excluding water Equipment for indoor and outdoor sports, including baseball, basketball, football, tennis, table tennis, pool, golf, skating, and snow-skiing and also includes exercise equipment, skateboards, roller blades, and sleds. Water sports equipment and toys, including Frisbees and beach balls and all athletic footwear.

Recreation

RC022 Water sports equipment This ELI includes equipment for the following: scuba, snorkeling, water skis, surfboards, masks, fins, goggles, swim caps, and tubes/towables. Personal Watercraft Vehicles (Jet Skis) and bathing suits.

Recreation

RC023 Hunting, fishing and camping gear Includes shelters (tents), sleeping bags, hiking (extended journeys and day only) backpacks, fishing rods, reels, lines, camping cookware, hunting knives, ammunition, scopes, bows and arrows, decoys and calls. N/A

Recreation

RD011 Film and photographic supplies All types of film and photo supplies including batteries designed specifically for cameras. Disposable cameras are included in this ELI. Cameras, camera accessories, and films that include development as part of the purchase price (not including self-processing film). All types of AA and AAA batteries. Video cassette recorder (VCR) tapes and photo-quality paper intended for personal computer-type printers.

Recreation

RD012 Photographic equipment Digital cameras and lenses intended primarily for still photography. Video cameras/camcorders (included in ELI RA031), disposable/one-time-use cameras (included in ELI RD011), digital memory cards and readers (included in ELI EE021), office/document printers and scanners (included in ELI EE011), photo printer paper (included in ELI GE011), photo printer ink cartridges (included in ELI EE021), and digital picture frames (included in ELI HL012)

Recreation

RD021 Photographer's fees Services provided by establishments and individuals, operating from either a photographic studio or on a house to house basis taking portraits, wedding pictures, school pictures, passport photos, etc. N/A

Recreation

RD022 Photo processing Includes the developing, and where applicable, printing and scanning of all types of color and black and white photographic film and digital image sources. This encompasses color and black and white prints, slides, reprints/enlargements, scanning, and graphic manipulation. N/A

Recreation

RE011 Toys, games, hobbies, and playground equipment All types and varieties of toys and games, hobby supplies, and playground equipment. Computer game software, video games and video game software are priced in ELI’s EE021 and RE012 respectively. Freestanding table games, such as pool tables, foosball tables, and multi-game tables are priced in ELI RC021.

Recreation

RE012 Video game consoles, software, and accessories Video game players, video game software, and video game accessories. Eligible game consoles are those that play games loaded from a separate media, typically an optical disk. Handheld electronic games (such as Mattel) that do not have the ability to accept separate media to play other games. Gaming software for personal computers. Video game rentals are included in ELI RA042.

Recreation

RE021  Sewing items Items for home sewing, including sewing machines; fabric for making slipcovers, curtains, clothing and clothing accessories; and all types of notions, such as needles, thread, buttons, zippers, and patterns. N/A

Recreation

RE031 Music instruments and accessories All types of musical instruments and accessories including sheet music. Toy musical instruments.

Recreation

RF011 Club dues and fees for participant sports/group exercises Membership dues and fees paid to clubs such as country clubs, tennis, swim clubs, health clubs, fraternal and civic organizations, and retail/shopping clubs including warehouse clubs and other shopping clubs and for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, football, bowling, team sports, table games (chess or bridge), and group exercises (yoga, aerobics, etc.). Professional, business, church and other organizations with tax deductible fees and food, and beverage fees, credit card and automobile club dues. Business and corporate memberships.

Recreation

RF021 Admission to movies, theaters, concerts, & other recurring events Includes admissions (single, subscription, and season pass) to events such as movies, theaters, concerts, operas, ballets, theme parks, museums, as well as other recurring events (e.g., flea markets, art shows, fashion shows) Admissions to competitive sporting events.

Recreation

RF022 Admission to sporting events Admissions (both single and season tickets) to competitive sporting events such as football, baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing matches, horse races, and dog shows. Include all levels of competition, such as professional, collegiate, high school, etc. Tickets purchased through ticket resellers are also eligible for pricing. Non-competitive events such as wrestling performances; they should be priced in RF021.

Recreation

RF031 Fees for lessons or instructions Includes fees for recreational, non-credit lessons or instructions, including music, sports, bridge, chess, crafts, sewing, photography, driving, cooking, etc. Educational lessons, such as tutoring; Non-instructional day or overnight camps; Sports and recreation camps; Competitive sport practices; Cheerleading practice; Yoga, Pilates, or meditation type classes; Aerobics (all types); Personal trainers; Club membership dues or fees.

Recreation

RG011  Single copy newspapers and magazines All newspapers, magazines, and other single issue periodicals, this includes newspaper formatted magazines, and comic book series. Also included are online periodicals that may be downloaded as digital files. N/A

Recreation

RG012 Subscriptions to newspapers and magazines All newspapers, magazines and other periodicals, this includes newspaper formatted magazines, and comic books series. Also included are online periodicals and subscription cards that come with an online code sold at various retail outlets. N/A

Recreation

RG021 Books purchased through book clubs All books and sets of books purchased through book clubs. Including books sold in the following formats: CD, DVD, tape and digital file/download. Not included in this ELI are encyclopedias and other sets of reference books, such as home reference collections and desk library sets. N/A

Recreation

RG022 Books purchased at retail outlets other than book clubs All books purchased individually including books sold in the following formats: CD, DVD, cassette tape, and eBook. Textbooks, sets of reference books, subscriptions to eBook services, and books purchased through book clubs.

Transportation

TA011 New car and truck purchase All new automobiles, trucks and multi-purpose vehicles purchased for personal use. The vehicles are classified as either car or light truck segment. The light truck cluster includes pickup, vans, and sport utility vehicles. Optional extended warranties, titling, and registration are not to be included anywhere in the reported price of the vehicle. Used, commercial, "demonstrator", and recreational vehicles are excluded

Transportation

TA012 New motorcycles All new motorcycles, motor scooters, and motorbikes purchased for personal use. All Terrain Vehicles (known as ATVs, with three or four wheels), Outboard Motors and Powered Sports Vehicles. Customized or chassis modified motorcycles.

Transportation

TA021 Used cars and trucks Used automobiles, trucks, vans and multi-purpose vehicles that are entering the consumer sector for the first time N/A

Transportation

TA031 Vehicle leasing Leases for all types of new and used vehicles for a period exceeding four months intended primarily for personal, family, or household purposes. Leases for agricultural, business, or commercial purposes; leases to organizations; and leases for four months or less. Property taxes and incidental charges that lessees may opt to pay, or which they may be required to pay by the lessor for services such as insurance, maintenance and repair agreements, title preparation, licensing, registration, etc.

Transportation

TA041 Automobile and truck rental Includes all charges associated with the rental of an automobile, truck, or van for private use, including the moving of household goods. Rental of vehicles for commercial use, leasing of vehicles, and rental of motorcycles. Purchase of insurance (not damage waivers) and gasoline from the rental company.

Transportation

TB011 Regular unleaded gasoline Formulations with or without alcohol, of automotive gasoline marketed as Regular, usually with octane ratings of 87.9 or less. In certain higher elevations (i.e., the Rocky Mountain States), the octane ratings may be 2 or more octane points lower. Aviation gasoline, gasoline specifically formulated for automotive racing, and any other gasoline not approved for road or street use by consumers.

Transportation

TB012 Mid-grade unleaded gasoline Formulations with or without alcohol, of automotive gasoline marketed as Mid-Grade, usually with octane ratings of 88.0 to 90.0. In certain higher elevations (i.e., the Rocky Mountain States), the octane ratings may be 2 or more octane points lower. Aviation gasoline, gasoline specifically formulated for automotive racing, and any other gasoline not approved for road or street use by consumers.

Transportation

TB013 Premium unleaded gasoline Formulations with or without alcohol, of automotive gasoline marketed as Premium, usually with octane ratings of greater than 90.0. In certain higher elevations (i.e., the Rocky Mountain States), the octane ratings may be 2 or more octane points lower. Aviation gasoline, gasoline specifically formulated for automotive racing, and any other gasoline not approved for road or street use by consumers.

Transportation

TB021 Automotive diesel fuel Includes diesel with biodiesel concentrations of 5% (sometimes labeled B5) and lower. Diesel taxed for commercial vehicles.

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TB022 Alternative motor fuels All automotive motor fuels other than gasoline, gasohol and diesel. Includes, but is not limited to, propane, natural gas, kerosene, alcohol and electricity that is sold for use in consumer automobiles on public roads/streets. Aviation gasoline, gasoline specifically formulated for automotive racing, any other fuel not approved for road/street use and propane tanks intended for grills.

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TC011 Tires All types of tires for all automobiles, trucks and multi-purpose vehicles purchased for personal use. "Used" tires and commercial vehicle tires.

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TC021 Vehicle parts and equipment other than tires Motor vehicle parts and equipment purchased and installed by a consumer, including batteries, floor mats, seat covers, polish, wax and all types of motor vehicle replacement parts and accessories. Audio and video equipment, and roadside emergency kits. Parts and accessories for motor vehicles other than automobiles, trucks, vans, and SUVs. Parts installed by a service technician, parts for diesel engines, and used parts.

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TC022 Motor oil, coolant and fluids All types of motor oil, coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, gasoline and motor oil additives, and cooling system protectors. All motor oil, coolant and fluids for motor vehicles other than automobiles, trucks, vans, multi-purpose vehicles, and sport utility vehicles (SUV); for example, snowmobiles, lawnmowers, snow blowers, motorcycles, etc.

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TD011 Motor vehicle bodywork All repairs and maintenance of the bodies of all motor vehicles, including automobiles, trucks, vans, multi-purpose vehicles, and motorcycles. N/A

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TD021 Motor vehicle maintenance and servicing Routine maintenance, service, and minor repair work, including tune-ups, oil changes, periodic checkups, tire repairs, safety and emissions inspections, and towing. N/A

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TD031 Motor vehicle repair Motor vehicle maintenance and repair of the engine, drive train, braking, steering, cooling, electrical, and exhaust systems, and all other repairs not specifically included elsewhere. N/A

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TE011 Motor vehicle insurance Includes all private passenger vehicle physical damage, liability and miscellaneous insurance coverage. Major types of coverage included are collision, comprehensive, bodily injury liability, property damage liability, medical payments, uninsured motorist, and personal injury protection. Includes all automobiles, vans, SUVs, and trucks that are eligible for private passenger vehicle insurance. Insurance on vehicles used primarily for business and policies written for farmers or ranch owners. Policies insuring motorcycles and assigned risks.

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TF011 State vehicle registration and driver's license Includes the price for initial issue and renewal of private passenger vehicle registration, operator license, and learner permit as required by the state government. For registration, also includes the price for transfer from one vehicle to another. Includes all fees and surcharges which must be paid simultaneously with registration and licensing (e.g., clerk fees, plate fees, eye examinations). N/A

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TF031 Parking fees and tolls Parking Fees: Includes the price for parking of private passenger motor vehicles at both municipal and private facilities to include metered parking (on and off the street), garages, and parking lots. Also, includes residential parking fees separately paid by tenants. Tolls: Includes all tolls charged for private passenger (non-commercial) vehicles to include automobiles, motorcycles, campers, vans, trailers, and trucks for the use of public and private bridges, tunnels, ferries, and toll roads. Parking Fees: Lots leased by employers for the exclusive use of employees. Tolls: Tolls for all types of commercial vehicles.

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TF032 Automobile service clubs Includes all fees for membership in automobile service clubs. Such clubs primarily provide emergency roadside service for members, e.g., towing, tire change, jump start. Other services typically included are highway trip mapping, tour books, maps, and discounts available at selected hotels and car rental agencies. All additional fees and charges for services and/or products not included in the membership fee, e.g., optional insurance coverage, fees for emergency road service not covered by the membership fee, fees for club credit cards.

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TG011 Airline fares Includes all fares for all flights from the sampled area (or nearest city with a qualifying airport) on certified carriers. Helicopters and intra-Alaska carriers.

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TG021 Intercity bus fares Includes fares for all intercity bus transportation which originates within and terminates outside the sampled area. Charter trips which run only during rush hours and are used mostly by commuters. Trips that are not regularly scheduled and are limited to members of certain groups, or are part of a tour package including food, lodging, etc.

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TG022 Intercity train fares Includes fares for all regularly scheduled intercity train transportation which originates within and terminates outside the sampled area. Intercity train service for commuters.

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TG023 Ship fares Includes all fares for passenger ship travel on passenger ship carriers, e.g., ocean liners, cruise ships, river cruise, etc. Chartered boat services or commuter boat services. Separate fees for travel not included in the cruise fare such as air fare or land fare to the port of origin or from the port of destination.

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TG031 Intracity mass transit Includes fares charged for specific trips taken on any type of local mass transit (e.g., bus, subway, trolley, light rail, commuter train and passenger ferry) and shared mobility (e.g., bikesharing, scooter-sharing and moped-sharing). Fares may be cash, farecard/smartcard, weekly pass, monthly pass, multiple ride ticket, student fares, memberships or any other applicable rate schedule. Fares charged for intracity mass transit, Student passes that are included in the cost of tuition at a school or university, Passenger ferry boat fares that include the cost associated with transporting a vehicle

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TG032 Taxi fares Includes all taxi cab fares charged for passenger trips. Limousine and contract service; tips to the driver.

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TG033 Car and van pools Includes fares charged for specific commuting trips taken by individuals assigned or belonging to a van, car, or other ride sharing vehicle pool. Commuting trips taken on any type of mass transit system and commuting trips for which the driver or rider does not pay a fee. Parking fees unless the charge for parking cannot be separated from the total fee.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Last Modified Date: September 23, 2020