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Old 08-29-2018, 08:57 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I thought this was fun.

I'm cleaning out a file cabinet and found part of a grocery ad dated 1970.

Cucumbers 5 cents
Peaches or plums 7 pounds for a dollar
Ice cream 1/2 gallon, 59 cents
Salt, 50 pounds 59 cents
Frozen tv dinners, 35 cents
Coffee in a one pound can, 89 cents

Of course, salaries were also much lower and still groceries had to be carefully budgeted for.
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Old 08-29-2018, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I thought this was fun.

I'm cleaning out a file cabinet and found part of a grocery ad dated 1970.

Cucumbers 5 cents
Peaches or plums 7 pounds for a dollar
Ice cream 1/2 gallon, 59 cents
Salt, 50 pounds 59 cents
Frozen tv dinners, 35 cents
Coffee in a one pound can, 89 cents

Of course, salaries were also much lower and still groceries had to be carefully budgeted for.
It is fun to look back and remember. I remember one year when my parents were still alive they sent me an add from the time they stopped in St Thomas while on a cruise. This was probably about 1975 when they were there. The ad was for liquor. It blew my mind how little a bottle of say, good bourbon was.
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Old 08-29-2018, 09:39 AM
 
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In 1975 I was six and my weekly allowance was 25 cents. I used to put a dime in my piggy bank and take the other 15 cents to the corner grocery and buy a package of Rolos or Now-n-Laters.

Then my mom would tell me that when she was a little girl, a loaf of bread was a nickel and a quart of milk was a dime.
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I thought this was fun.

I'm cleaning out a file cabinet and found part of a grocery ad dated 1970.

Cucumbers 5 cents
Peaches or plums 7 pounds for a dollar
Ice cream 1/2 gallon, 59 cents
Salt, 50 pounds 59 cents
Frozen tv dinners, 35 cents
Coffee in a one pound can, 89 cents

Of course, salaries were also much lower and still groceries had to be carefully budgeted for.
fun to see....

In the same year, I sold popcorn at the local movie theater.

Popcorn box $.35 Buttered barrel $.50
Drink $.20
Admission $1.25
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:49 AM
 
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$1 in 1970 is about $6.50 today.
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Old 08-30-2018, 09:21 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Great thread idea.

I like to pick up old magazines if I see them at estate sales, etc. I used to have a 1950 Woman's Day, but I had a house fire and lost it. I have a few from the 1960s. The ads tell you so much about society then, and there are prices on some of the food and other items in ads.
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Old 08-30-2018, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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fun to see....

In the same year, I sold popcorn at the local movie theater.

Popcorn box $.35 Buttered barrel $.50
Drink $.20
Admission $1.25
Did people complain that popcorn was expensive?
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Old 08-31-2018, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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In 1975 I was six and my weekly allowance was 25 cents. I used to put a dime in my piggy bank and take the other 15 cents to the corner grocery and buy a package of Rolos or Now-n-Laters.

Then my mom would tell me that when she was a little girl, a loaf of bread was a nickel and a quart of milk was a dime.
I have to smile about that one: unless your mom was much older when you were born I think she was pulling your leg or lived someplace with super cheap food, compared to the rest of the country. Yes, food was cheap in the 40s and 50s but not quite that cheap; Bread was more like .20 on sale if it was crappy bread and milk, about a quarter if i remember right. Ground meat was often 4 lbs for a $ on sale in the mid to late 50s.
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Old 08-31-2018, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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fun to see....

In the same year, I sold popcorn at the local movie theater.

Popcorn box $.35 Buttered barrel $.50
Drink $.20
Admission $1.25
and we thought paying an extra 15 cents for the butter was awful!!!
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Old 08-31-2018, 05:42 AM
 
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and we thought paying an extra 15 cents for the butter was awful!!!

I think at the local cinema, the popcorn prices are $5.00, $6.50, and $7,50. We always have lunch before heading to the theatre.
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