12/16/2022 “Prices”   Leave a comment

Let’s talk about shopping. I’m not a shopaholic by any means but my better-half is. She keeps me posted on many things and it never ceases to amaze me how the prices have soared since the pandemic. I’m not here to say that’s a good thing or a bad thing but it is a thing we have to deal with. I myself do a lot of food shopping and I track food prices fairly closely to save a buck here or to save a buck there. It usually takes a lot to surprise me but the prices in the last year have been rising at a ridiculous rate. I don’t know whether it’s just the ability of every business in the country to gouge the crap out of the population or maybe there is some other logical reason for it. Honestly, I think it’s a little bit of both. Just to satisfy my bizarre curiosity I decided to do some price matches from the 1950’s against our present prices. This list is primarily products that everybody uses and needs, and I retrieved the 1950’s numbers from my archives which are unquestionably accurate and for the present-day numbers you can thank Google. Prepare yourself to be truly depressed.

1950’s v. 2022

Bread (1 lb.) $ .14 / $1.75

Bacon (1 lb.) $ .77 / $7.61

Butter (1 lb.) $ .87 / $5.00

Eggs (Doz.) $ .72 / $3.42

Milk (Gal.) $ .44 / $4.41

Potatoes (10 lb.) $ .57 / $6.00

Coffee (1 lb.) $ .51 / $2.99

Sugar (5 lbs.) $ .47 / $ .59

Gas (Gal. Reg.) $ .26 / $4.02

Postage $ .03 / $ .50

I’m all for getting the people who supply these goods to us a fair wage and a fair price but to see this much of a change in some of these categories leads me to believe some of these prices are not fair. It seems that everyone these days is an expert on just about everything so I’m sure I’ll get some trolls complaining about this post. These are my opinions and if you disagree with me, I’d recommend that you start a blog, do some research, post your own information, and then answer all of the lame-ass email criticisms you’ll likely to receive from people just like you. Merry Christmas!



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