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The cost of goods the year you were born

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Billwhittaker // Wikipedia

The cost of goods the year you were born

"Back in my day..." has been the launching point for many a nostalgic conversation on the relative value of money. From 25-cent movie tickets in the 1940s to the remarkable 70-year reign of the nickel Coke, looking back at old prices brings a yearning for a simple time where a few dollars and cents could feel like a fortune.

Curious about how prices have changed over time, Stacker analyzed historic average pricing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find what a sample basket of food cost from 1930 to 2017, including prices for fresh eggs, white bread, sliced bacon, round steak, potatoes, and milk.

While buying a pound of bread for a dime back in 1930 sounds like the dream, we've also included inflation-adjusted prices for each item to offer context on how prices really compare to today.

Read on to discover exactly how much this basket of goods cost in the year you were born.

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Public Domain // Wikicommons

1930

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.45 ($6.53 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.09 ($1.26 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.43 ($6.24 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.43 ($6.25 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.86 ($12.62 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.28 ($4.14 in today's dollars)

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World Telegram

1931

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.35 ($5.64 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.08 ($1.24 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.37 ($5.90 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.35 ($5.71 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.24 ($3.87 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.26 ($4.22 in today's dollars)

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State Library of New South Wales // Flickr

1932

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.30 ($5.44 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.07 ($1.26 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.24 ($4.36 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.30 ($5.35 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.17 ($3.06 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.21 ($3.86 in today's dollars)

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Wystan // Flickr

1933

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.29 ($5.47 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.07 ($1.35 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.23 ($4.29 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.26 ($4.88 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.23 ($4.37 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.21 ($3.95 in today's dollars)

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Public Domain // Wikicommons

1934

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.33 ($5.94 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.08 ($1.52 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.29 ($5.32 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.28 ($5.14 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.23 ($4.21 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.22 ($4.10 in today's dollars)

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Walker Evans // Wikicommons

1935

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.38 ($6.73 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.08 ($1.48 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.41 ($7.39 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.36 ($6.44 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.19 ($3.42 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.23 ($4.19 in today's dollars)

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Public Domain // Wikicommons

1936

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.37 ($6.54 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.08 ($1.45 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.41 ($7.18 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.34 ($6.01 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.32 ($5.62 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.24 ($4.23 in today's dollars)

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SMU Libraries Digital Collections // Flickr

1937

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.36 ($6.16 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.09 ($1.46 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.41 ($7.03 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.39 ($6.66 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.28 ($4.75 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.25 ($4.26 in today's dollars)

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Walker Evans // Wikicommons

1938

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.37 ($6.34 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.09 ($1.49 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.37 ($6.38 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.35 ($6.07 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.21 ($3.70 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.25 ($4.35 in today's dollars)

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Dorothea Lange // Wikicommons

1939

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.32 ($5.66 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.08 ($1.39 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.32 ($5.62 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.36 ($6.35 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.25 ($4.36 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.24 ($4.30 in today's dollars)

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Mockup of a 1940s grocery store — Richard Hoare // geograph

1940

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.33 ($5.79 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.08 ($1.40 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.27 ($4.78 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.36 ($6.37 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.24 ($4.18 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.26 ($4.48 in today's dollars)

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U.S. National Archives and Records Administration // Wikicommons

1941

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.40 ($6.62 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.08 ($1.35 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.34 ($5.72 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.39 ($6.52 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.24 ($3.92 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.27 ($4.54 in today's dollars)

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Dorothea Lange // Wikicommons

1942

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.48 ($7.28 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.09 ($1.31 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.39 ($5.92 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.44 ($6.54 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.34 ($5.14 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.30 ($4.51 in today's dollars)

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John H. Boyd // Wikicommons

1943

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.57 ($8.10 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.09 ($1.26 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.43 ($6.11 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.44 ($6.22 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.46 ($6.46 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.31 ($4.39 in today's dollars)

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Orange County Archives // Flickr

1944

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.55 ($7.59 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.09 ($1.23 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.41 ($5.72 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.41 ($5.77 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.47 ($6.48 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.31 ($4.34 in today's dollars)

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Original Wal-Mart store, now is the Wal-Mart museum — Bobak // Wikicommons

1945

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.58 ($7.91 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.09 ($1.20 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.41 ($5.60 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.41 ($5.53 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.49 ($6.71 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.31 ($4.25 in today's dollars)

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Marjory Collins // Wikicommons

1946

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.59 ($7.37 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.10 ($1.31 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.53 ($6.70 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.52 ($6.55 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.47 ($5.88 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.35 ($4.42 in today's dollars)

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U.S. National Archives and Records Administration // Wikicommons

1947

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.70 ($7.65 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.13 ($1.37 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.78 ($8.54 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.76 ($8.31 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.50 ($5.53 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.39 ($4.31 in today's dollars)

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Don O'Brien // Wikicommons

1948

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.72 ($7.38 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.14 ($1.42 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.77 ($7.85 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.91 ($9.24 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.57 ($5.81 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.44 ($4.45 in today's dollars)

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Public Domain // Wikicommons

1949

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.70 ($7.17 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.14 ($1.44 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.67 ($6.85 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.85 ($8.78 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.55 ($5.62 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.42 ($4.35 in today's dollars)

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Public Domain // Wikicommons

1950

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.60 ($6.14 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.14 ($1.45 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.64 ($6.48 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.94 ($9.52 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.46 ($4.69 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.41 ($4.19 in today's dollars)

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Potato chip facotry — OSU Special Collections & Archives // Wikicommons

1951

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.74 ($6.95 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.16 ($1.48 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.67 ($6.33 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.09 ($10.30 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.51 ($4.79 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.46 ($4.36 in today's dollars)

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Paul Townsend // Flickr

1952

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.67 ($6.20 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.16 ($1.47 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.65 ($5.98 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.11 ($10.25 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.76 ($7.00 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.48 ($4.46 in today's dollars)

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Doug Colquhoun // Wikicommons

1953

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.70 ($6.38 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.16 ($1.50 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.79 ($7.18 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.92 ($8.37 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.54 ($4.92 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.47 ($4.28 in today's dollars)

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The Library of Virginia // Wikicommons

1954

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.59 ($5.33 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.17 ($1.57 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.82 ($7.44 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.91 ($8.26 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.53 ($4.79 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.46 ($4.19 in today's dollars)

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State Library and Archives of Florida // Wikicommons

1955

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.61 ($5.54 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.18 ($1.62 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.66 ($6.03 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.90 ($8.26 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.56 ($5.16 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.46 ($4.23 in today's dollars)

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pxhere

1956

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.60 ($5.42 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.18 ($1.61 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.57 ($5.16 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.88 ($7.95 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.68 ($6.10 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.48 ($4.36 in today's dollars)

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Seattle Municipal Archives // Flickr

1957

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.57 ($5.00 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.19 ($1.64 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.74 ($6.44 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $0.94 ($8.16 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.57 ($4.98 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.50 ($4.36 in today's dollars)

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Joe Ross // Flickr

1958

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.60 ($5.12 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.19 ($1.64 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.79 ($6.73 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.04 ($8.84 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.63 ($5.31 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.51 ($4.29 in today's dollars)

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9-year old leader in the USDA prize dairy herd — U.S. Department of Agriculture // Wikicommons

1959

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.53 ($4.45 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.20 ($1.65 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.67 ($5.58 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.07 ($9.01 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.63 ($5.31 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.51 ($4.25 in today's dollars)

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Maxpixel

1960

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.57 ($4.74 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.20 ($1.68 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.66 ($5.42 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.06 ($8.74 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.72 ($5.95 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.52 ($4.31 in today's dollars)

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Public Domain Pictures

1961

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.57 ($4.70 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.21 ($1.71 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.71 ($5.84 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.04 ($8.49 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.63 ($5.16 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.52 ($4.30 in today's dollars)

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State Archives of North Carolina // Wikicommons

1962

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.54 ($4.37 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.21 ($1.71 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.70 ($5.69 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.08 ($8.72 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.63 ($5.11 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.52 ($4.22 in today's dollars)

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State Archives of North Carolina // Wikicommons

1963

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.55 ($4.41 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.22 ($1.73 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.68 ($5.47 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.06 ($8.52 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.65 ($5.21 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.52 ($4.17 in today's dollars)

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Leif Ørnelund // Wikicommons

1964

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.54 ($4.26 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.21 ($1.64 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.67 ($5.27 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.04 ($8.21 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.76 ($5.99 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.53 ($4.17 in today's dollars)

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Dorothea Lange // Wikicommons

1965

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.53 ($4.10 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.21 ($1.63 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.81 ($6.33 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.08 ($8.43 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.94 ($7.29 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.53 ($4.09 in today's dollars)

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Orange County Archives // Flickr

1966

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.60 ($4.52 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.22 ($1.67 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.95 ($7.19 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.11 ($8.35 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.75 ($5.65 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.56 ($4.19 in today's dollars)

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Motorau // Wikicommons

1967

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.49 ($3.60 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.22 ($1.63 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.84 ($6.14 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.10 ($8.09 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.75 ($5.48 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.57 ($4.21 in today's dollars)

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Phillip Pessar // Flickr

1968

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.53 ($3.73 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.22 ($1.58 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.81 ($5.73 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.14 ($8.05 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.76 ($5.37 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.61 ($4.27 in today's dollars)

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Dairy farm — Orange County Archives // Flickr

1969

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.62 ($4.15 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.23 ($1.54 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.88 ($5.86 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.27 ($8.46 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.82 ($5.45 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.63 ($4.20 in today's dollars)

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Seattle Municipal Archives // Flickr

1970

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.61 ($3.88 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.24 ($1.54 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.95 ($5.99 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.30 ($8.22 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.90 ($5.67 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.66 ($4.16 in today's dollars)

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State Library and Archives of Florida // Wikicommons

1971

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.53 ($3.20 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.25 ($1.51 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.80 ($4.84 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.36 ($8.24 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.68 ($4.12 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.66 ($3.99 in today's dollars)

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St. Gil, Marc // Wikicommons

1972

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.52 ($3.07 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.25 ($1.45 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $0.96 ($5.64 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.48 ($8.66 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $0.93 ($5.43 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.68 ($3.97 in today's dollars)

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David Falconer // Wikicommons

1973

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.78 ($4.31 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.28 ($1.52 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.33 ($7.31 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.75 ($9.64 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $1.37 ($7.56 in today's dollars)
Fresh delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.69 ($3.81 in today's dollars)

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Public Domain // Wikicommons

1974

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.78 ($3.89 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.35 ($1.72 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.32 ($6.56 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.80 ($8.94 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $1.66 ($8.27 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $0.78 ($3.90 in today's dollars)*

*in 1974, the BLS transitioned to tracking the price of grocery milk (instead of delivered)

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Public Domain // Wikicommons

1975

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.77 ($3.51 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.36 ($1.64 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.76 ($8.00 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.89 ($8.59 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $1.34 ($6.12 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $0.79 ($3.58 in today's dollars)

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Hazel Nicholson // Flickr

1976

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.84 ($3.62 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.35 ($1.52 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.71 ($7.37 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.78 ($7.68 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $1.46 ($6.29 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $0.83 ($3.56 in today's dollars)

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Haque, Abul // Wikicommons

1977

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.82 ($3.33 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.36 ($1.44 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.56 ($6.32 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.76 ($7.12 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $1.50 ($6.05 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $0.84 ($3.39 in today's dollars)

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Public Domain Pictures

1978

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.79 ($2.95 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.36 ($1.36 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.79 ($6.71 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $1.99 ($7.48 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (10 pounds): $1.40 ($5.26 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $0.86 ($3.24 in today's dollars)

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Phillip Pessar // Flickr

1979

The Bureau of Labor Statistics revised the CPI in 1978 and was not able to release average retail food prices from July 1978 through December 1979.

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Carol M. Highsmith // Wikicommons

1980

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.84 ($2.51 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.51 ($1.51 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.46 ($4.36 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $2.77 ($8.23 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.19 ($0.57 in today's dollars)*
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.05 ($3.12 in today's dollars)

*in 1980, the BLS transitioned to tracking the price of one pound of potatoes (instead of 10 pounds)

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FCG // geograph

1981

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.90 ($2.42 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.53 ($1.42 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.67 ($4.49 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $2.86 ($7.72 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.25 ($0.67 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.12 ($3.01 in today's dollars)

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Wendy // Flickr

1982

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.87 ($2.20 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.53 ($1.35 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $2.05 ($5.21 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $2.95 ($7.50 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.21 ($0.54 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.12 ($2.86 in today's dollars)

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Dbenbenn // Wikicommons

1983

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.89 ($2.20 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.54 ($1.33 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.94 ($4.78 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $2.90 ($7.13 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.21 ($0.51 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.13 ($2.78 in today's dollars)

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Dennis Harper // Flickr

1984

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.00 ($2.37 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.54 ($1.28 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.86 ($4.38 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $2.91 ($6.86 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.24 ($0.57 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.13 ($2.66 in today's dollars)

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Violinists in front of a gas station — TheeErin // Flickr

1985

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.80 ($1.83 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.55 ($1.26 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.94 ($4.42 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $2.82 ($6.43 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.21 ($0.47 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.13 ($2.58 in today's dollars)

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Kim Ahlström // Shutterstock

1986

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.87 ($1.94 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.56 ($1.26 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $2.08 ($4.66 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $2.77 ($6.19 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.25 ($0.56 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.11 ($2.49 in today's dollars)

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White House Photographic Office

1987

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.78 ($1.69 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.55 ($1.18 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $2.14 ($4.62 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $2.89 ($6.23 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.28 ($0.60 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.14 ($2.45 in today's dollars)

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Steve Morgan // Wikicommons

1988

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.79 ($1.64 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.61 ($1.27 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.88 ($3.90 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $2.99 ($6.19 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.26 ($0.54 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.16 ($2.41 in today's dollars)

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Bill Branson // Wikicommons

1989

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.00 ($1.97 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.67 ($1.32 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.77 ($3.49 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.12 ($6.16 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.34 ($0.68 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.27 ($2.51 in today's dollars)

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Retaildesigner // Wikicommons

1990

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.01 ($1.90 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.69 ($1.30 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $2.12 ($3.98 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.32 ($6.23 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.37 ($0.69 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.42 ($2.67 in today's dollars)

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Retaildesigner // Wikicommons

1991

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.99 ($1.78 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.71 ($1.28 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $2.22 ($3.99 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.41 ($6.13 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.33 ($0.59 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.37 ($2.46 in today's dollars)

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St. Gil, Marc // Wikicommons

1992

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.86 ($1.50 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.75 ($1.31 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.92 ($3.35 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.38 ($5.91 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.30 ($0.53 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.39 ($2.43 in today's dollars)

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pxhere

1993

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.91 ($1.55 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.75 ($1.28 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.93 ($3.28 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.40 ($5.76 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.35 ($0.59 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.39 ($2.36 in today's dollars)

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Public Domain // WIkicommons

1994

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.86 ($1.43 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.76 ($1.26 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.99 ($3.29 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.25 ($5.38 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.37 ($0.62 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.44 ($2.38 in today's dollars)

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Gordon Hatton // geograph

1995

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.92 ($1.49 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.79 ($1.27 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $1.99 ($3.19 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.21 ($5.16 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.38 ($0.61 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.43 ($2.30 in today's dollars)

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USDA

1996

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.11 ($1.73 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.88 ($1.37 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $2.47 ($3.86 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.12 ($4.87 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.38 ($0.60 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.56 ($2.43 in today's dollars)

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pixabay

1997

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.06 ($1.62 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.87 ($1.33 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $2.68 ($4.09 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.10 ($4.73 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.36 ($0.54 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1/2 gallon): $1.58 ($2.42 in today's dollars)

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Wonderlane // Flickr

1998

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.04 ($1.56 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.86 ($1.29 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $2.54 ($3.82 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.09 ($4.65 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.38 ($0.56 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $2.70 ($4.07 in today's dollars)

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Orrling // Wikicommons

1999

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.96 ($1.41 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.89 ($1.31 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $2.55 ($3.75 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.13 ($4.60 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.39 ($0.58 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $2.84 ($4.18 in today's dollars)

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Virginia Retail // Flickr

2000

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.91 ($1.30 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.93 ($1.32 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.03 ($4.31 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.24 ($4.61 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.38 ($0.54 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $2.78 ($3.96 in today's dollars)

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Jean Beaufort // Public Domain Pictures

2001

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $0.93 ($1.29 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.00 ($1.38 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.25 ($4.50 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.50 ($4.84 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.39 ($0.54 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $2.88 ($3.99 in today's dollars)

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pixabay

2002

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.03 ($1.41 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.02 ($1.38 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.24 ($4.41 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.50 ($4.77 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.49 ($0.67 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $2.76 ($3.76 in today's dollars)

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pixabay

2003

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.24 ($1.66 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.00 ($1.33 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.20 ($4.26 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $3.84 ($5.11 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.46 ($0.61 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $2.76 ($3.68 in today's dollars)

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Anthony92931 // Wikicommons

2004

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.34 ($1.74 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $0.97 ($1.26 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.38 ($4.38 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.13 ($5.36 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.45 ($0.59 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.16 ($4.09 in today's dollars)

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Drumguy8800 // Wikicommons

2005

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.22 ($1.53 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.04 ($1.31 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.39 ($4.26 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.10 ($5.14 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.47 ($0.59 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.19 ($4.00 in today's dollars)

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Matt MacGillivray // Flickr

2006

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.31 ($1.59 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.08 ($1.31 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.44 ($4.19 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.00 ($4.86 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.53 ($0.65 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.08 ($3.75 in today's dollars)

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Alex "Skud" Bayley // Flickr

2007

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.68 ($1.98 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.21 ($1.43 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.66 ($4.32 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.11 ($4.86 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.52 ($0.62 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.50 ($4.14 in today's dollars)

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pixabay

2008

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.99 ($2.26 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.37 ($1.56 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.66 ($4.17 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.24 ($4.82 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.63 ($0.72 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.80 ($4.32 in today's dollars)

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pixabay

2009

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.66 ($1.90 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.39 ($1.59 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $3.61 ($4.12 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.14 ($4.73 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.62 ($0.71 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.11 ($3.55 in today's dollars)

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Atomic Taco // Flickr

2010

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.66 ($1.87 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.37 ($1.54 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $4.11 ($4.61 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.28 ($4.81 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.58 ($0.65 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.26 ($3.66 in today's dollars)

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pxhere

2011

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.77 ($1.93 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.44 ($1.57 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $4.63 ($5.04 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.61 ($5.02 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.68 ($0.74 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.57 ($3.89 in today's dollars)

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Anderskev // Wikicommons

2012

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.84 ($1.96 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.42 ($1.51 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $4.56 ($4.86 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.79 ($5.12 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.66 ($0.70 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.49 ($3.73 in today's dollars)

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Ukko-wc // Wikicommons

2013

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.91 ($2.01 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.41 ($1.48 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $5.29 ($5.56 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $4.88 ($5.13 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.67 ($0.70 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.46 ($3.64 in today's dollars)

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Pixabay

2014

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $2.02 ($2.09 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.40 ($1.45 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $5.78 ($5.98 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $5.68 ($5.88 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.67 ($0.70 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.69 ($3.82 in today's dollars)

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Mike Mozart // Flickr

2015

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $2.47 ($2.55 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.44 ($1.49 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $5.45 ($5.64 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $6.15 ($6.36 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.65 ($0.67 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.42 ($3.54 in today's dollars)

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Ines Hegedus-Garcia // Flickr

2016

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.68 ($1.72 in today's dollars)
White bread (1 pound): $1.37 ($1.40 in today's dollars)
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $5.42 ($5.54 in today's dollars)
Round steak (1 pound): $5.90 ($6.02 in today's dollars)
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.68 ($0.70 in today's dollars)
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.20 ($3.27 in today's dollars)

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pxhere

2017

Fresh eggs (1 dozen): $1.47
White bread (1 pound): $1.33
Sliced bacon (1 pound): $5.77
Round steak (1 pound): $5.79
Potatoes (1 pound): $0.72
Fresh grocery milk (1 gallon): $3.23

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