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@Marcyaz (36111)
United States
May 13, 2016 11:14am CST
In 1940 this was the cost of Things Sugar - 59 cents for 10 pounds Milk - 51 cents per gallon Ground Coffee - 42 cents per pound Bacon - 40 cents per pound Eggs - 19 cents per dozen Ground Beef - 15 cents per pound Bread - 8 cents per loaf New House - $3,925 Average Income - $1,725 per year New Car - $850 Average Rent - $30 per month Tuition to Harvard University - $420 per year Movie Ticket - 30 cents each Gasoline - 11 cents per gallon Postage Stamp - 3 cents each
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• United States
13 May 16
People in that time did with a lot less too. Meals were cooked from scratch using simple ingredients.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
13 May 16
@Elusivebuttefly Oh yes my mother never did make anything that was not from scratch. Not like today at all.
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• United States
13 May 16
@Marcyaz I have to admit that I buy boxed scalloped potatoes. LOL. I make them from scratch for my clients, and I don't use a recipe when I do. Why I don't make them from scratch at home has me scratching my head.
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@rebelann (32477)
• El Paso, Texas
13 May 16
Lets see, that's $143.75 a month .... mostly people got paid by the month back then, right? OR $33.17 a week, seems to me that things haven't become more expensive just that our minimum wages have increased so much that the average income today is at least $30,000 a year and we're actually no better off.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
13 May 16
@rebelann It seems that things were easier then and not as expensive as todays prices.
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@rebelann (32477)
• El Paso, Texas
14 May 16
If you were only making $143 a month then I'd have to ask where you got the idea they had it easier @Marcyaz
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
14 May 16
@rebelann The cost of goods was not that expensive.
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
14 May 16
I want those prices. I'd have my house and truck paid off in a year (but I want to make the same I do now WITH those prices for goods lol)
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
14 May 16
Never gonna happen.
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• Centralia, Missouri
15 May 16
@Marcyaz Oh I know, but it was a lovely day dream
• United States
15 May 16
@Marcyaz This is why I ask people if the minimum wage has really helped them. WoW those were the days or were they really?
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
15 May 16
@Berniezeitler I don't think minimum wage has been very high but now in some places it has gone up a lot. Compared to today those might have been the days.
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@alberello75 (13197)
• Genova, Italy
14 May 16
I was born 35 years later (1975). The prices, as we went forward in time, then more they increased! After in Italy (and throughout Europe), with the advent of the single currency called EURO (€), prices have risen enormously, unfortunately!
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
14 May 16
@alberello I didn't know that with the EURO being the currency that price had risen so high, thanks for that information.
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@alberello75 (13197)
• Genova, Italy
14 May 16
@Marcyaz Unfortunately is the reality! Everything now costs at least twice as much, than when Italy had its currency called "Lira" (since 2002).
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
14 May 16
@alberello75 Wow I had no idea that is how the EURO affected the economy in Europe.
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@kevin1877uk (36141)
15 May 16
It always interests me looking back, wonderful to know those prices of things.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
15 May 16
@kevin1877uk I also like to find out what prices were back in the day just to compare.
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@kevin1877uk (36141)
15 May 16
@Marcyaz It's amazing isn't it.
• Lakewood, Colorado
16 May 16
I sure wish it was 1940 now with the prices.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
16 May 16
@TiarasOceanView Except for inflation we might now have such high prices right now.
@marlina (62407)
• Canada
15 May 16
Yes, but the salary was not what it is today either.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
15 May 16
@marlina No the salaries and everything else has gone way up but it is interesting to see the differences in prices of things.
@much2say (35425)
• United States
15 May 16
Isn't it crazy to see the prices of things back then? My biggest cringe is seeing the price of houses back then . . . now we have to add a couple of zeros to that - but sadly the income is not proportionate to "now".
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
15 May 16
@much2say Yeah the price of houses is not like today way out of our price range and the automobile prices wish those would be more in line today with wages.
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@LoriAMoore (10107)
• United States
14 May 16
I could use a new car for $850!
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
14 May 16
Lol who couldn't these days.
@just4him (92365)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 May 16
My grandmother told me they built their home for $4500. My parents sold it for $80,000. The cost of living was a lot less back then. When you consider the prices today that seems like so little, but when you put it in perspective, I wonder if there is much difference between yesterday and today. The cost of living is higher and so is everything else.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
13 May 16
I guess it all depends on how you look at it.
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@marguicha (81880)
• Chile
13 May 16
People did not earn the same amount either. When I went to the US in 1957, our parents gave us 50 cents on Saturdays to go to Woolworth´s and buy a big banana split and a huge coke. There was money left for me to buy some tropical fish.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
13 May 16
@marguicha In 1957 the wages had increased, in fact everything had gone up.
• United States
13 May 16
Our cost of living certainly has increased since 1940..it would be nice to have some of those prices back again
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
13 May 16
@Marilynda Our prices certainly have increased a lot.
@Inlemay (17336)
• South Africa
13 May 16
Salary was probably $150pm - I was not born yet but I remember when I earned only R350 which was the same as the dollar in 1978 - Rand was trading at 87 cents to the dollar. I could buy so much and even save, it seems our worth has gotten less but the worth of the world has gotten more
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
13 May 16
@Inlemay Yep the salary does sound about right for back then. We are not receiving the same quality as back then either.
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@DianneN (59793)
• United States
13 May 16
That was before my time, but I remover the cost of gas when it was 25 cents a gallon, and the same for a movie. Then again, our pay has somewhat gone up quite a bit, too.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
13 May 16
@DianneN I also remember when gas was cheap at 39 cents a gallon and I could go to work and back for 2 weeks on that fill up. Yes our pay has gone up a lot since then.
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@sishy7 (27368)
• Australia
13 May 16
I like how house was so affordable back then as per your figures 3 years of average income would pay off a house - how good is that, huh?
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
13 May 16
@sishy7 Yeah and house were so cheap then and you could pay it off fast or slow depending.
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@shaggin (26988)
• United States
13 May 16
It was so much harder to earn money back then I think it is understandable why prices were so low. Even that low it was still hard for a lot of people to survive.
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
13 May 16
@shaggin I think it was easier back then as my father worked for a while in the aircraft factory and my parents were able to buy another larger house during that period.
@sugartoes (34812)
• Greencastle, Indiana
13 May 16
YEAH now look at the prices we have to live with it's just crazy it's hard to keep people fed & homed much less healthy too. now it's all about fast food & not much cooking at home UNLESS it's with a microwave which is pretty much what we do
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@Tampa_girl7 (21657)
• United States
13 May 16
Prices have changed a lot.
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@GardenGerty (91191)
• Marion, Kansas
13 May 16
I remember a few prices from the fifties, like gas at 25 cents per gallon.
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