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Old 11-13-2012, 10:26 PM
 
Location: IN
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Everything for most people is much more expensive, although some things when adjusted for inflation are not as a high. Its hard to compare quality of life now to the 50s and 60s when few things are similar. I think younger people today will stay a bit more fiscally conservative because they went through a more prolonged downturn/recessionary period at a younger age compared to the generation that is older than them.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:57 AM
 
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It's difficult to say because life half a century ago, while similar in some ways, was so different in other ways.

Personally, I'd rather live in the 1970s or 1980s. The 1950s-60s were drab and old fashioned and the 2000s and 2010s are drab and post-modern, I'd rather live in the funky, colourful era between 1965 and 1995!
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I don't feel that things are more expensive today once you take out inflation. The problem is too many people trying to get things that are absolutely unnecessary or way over the top than what is needed IMO. I think many people who would get rid of their 6 TV's, two extra cars, game room, weight room, etc would obviously not be in debt to their eyeballs and not have to live paycheck to paycheck.
Or monthly manicures or expensive tri-monthly trips to the hair-dresser, or ~ most of all ~ what so many people spend on communications (portable devices, cable TV, internet, etc.). But food and gasoline costs (which affects everything, not just what we feed into our cars) could very hit a crisis point.

Like all Baby Boomers, I looked forward to the New Millennium with awe. But I haven't been the least bit impressed.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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I remember growing up in the late 60's and 70's, i could ride my bike around the block with out my parents worrying about me, now kids can't do that. I never worried about someone shooting me or trying to kidnap me. We didn't have the things my kids have today, but I was so happy, no worries, no stress, and my parents never had trouble with bills. I never realized how good I had it as a child until I look at the way things are today. I miss those times and would love to go back and relive it all over again with the knowledge I have now, what a different perspective I would have about life
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:59 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I remember growing up in the late 60's and 70's, i could ride my bike around the block with out my parents worrying about me, now kids can't do that. I never worried about someone shooting me or trying to kidnap me. We didn't have the things my kids have today, but I was so happy, no worries, no stress, and my parents never had trouble with bills. I never realized how good I had it as a child until I look at the way things are today. I miss those times and would love to go back and relive it all over again with the knowledge I have now, what a different perspective I would have about life
Kids can't ride their bikes around the block anymore?
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:04 PM
 
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I remember growing up in the late 60's and 70's, i could ride my bike around the block with out my parents worrying about me, now kids can't do that. I never worried about someone shooting me or trying to kidnap me. We didn't have the things my kids have today, but I was so happy, no worries, no stress, and my parents never had trouble with bills. I never realized how good I had it as a child until I look at the way things are today. I miss those times and would love to go back and relive it all over again with the knowledge I have now, what a different perspective I would have about life
Check crime rates then and now. They may surprise you.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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I remember growing up in the late 60's and 70's, i could ride my bike around the block with out my parents worrying about me, now kids can't do that. I never worried about someone shooting me or trying to kidnap me. We didn't have the things my kids have today, but I was so happy, no worries, no stress, and my parents never had trouble with bills. I never realized how good I had it as a child until I look at the way things are today. I miss those times and would love to go back and relive it all over again with the knowledge I have now, what a different perspective I would have about life
MAYBE the 1960s. The 1970s...no.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:41 PM
 
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Back in the 50's and 60's, most families had one car, dad went to work, and mom stayed home with the kids. This was the norm then - families didn't need two incomes to survive. Kids played outside in the summer; and inside, played with board games (such as Sorry, Monopoly, checkers, etc.) They didn't have video games, IPods, Wii Games, etc. Dishes were usually done by hand, and clothes were hung on the clothesline to dry.

Obviously, with advances in technology, our lives are easier now. Does this make our lives better? Advances made in medicine are definitely a good thing. Would we be better off with one car and less time spent at the office? Would most families be able to survive (comfortably) on one income? Were we better off as a whole then or now?

If it was not for loans , big mortgages and charging every thing you buy , this society would be poorer than the 50's.


You may have lots of stuff today but both people have to work!! big loans , big mortgages and lots of debt.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:32 PM
 
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I remember growing up in the late 60's and 70's, i could ride my bike around the block with out my parents worrying about me, now kids can't do that. I never worried about someone shooting me or trying to kidnap me. We didn't have the things my kids have today, but I was so happy, no worries, no stress, and my parents never had trouble with bills. I never realized how good I had it as a child until I look at the way things are today. I miss those times and would love to go back and relive it all over again with the knowledge I have now, what a different perspective I would have about life
Where do you live that you can't do that ? Detroit or some where like that?
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:13 AM
 
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I was not alive back in the 1950's or 1960's but it seems like life back in the 1950's and 1960's was much better than life here in 2013.
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