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  • The cost of goods the year you were born
    1/ 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.

  • 1930
    2/ 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)

  • 1931
    3/ 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)

  • 1932
    4/ 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)

  • 1933
    5/ 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)

  • 1934
    6/ 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)

  • 1935
    7/ 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)

  • 1936
    8/ 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)

  • 1937
    9/ 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)

  • 1938
    10/ 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)

  • 1939
    11/ 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)

  • 1940
    12/ 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)

  • 1941
    13/ 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)

  • 1942
    14/ 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)

  • 1943
    15/ 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)

  • 1944
    16/ 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)

  • 1945
    17/ 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)

  • 1946
    18/ 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)

  • 1947
    19/ 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)

  • 1948
    20/ 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)

  • 1949
    21/ 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)

  • 1950
    22/ 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)

  • 1951
    23/ 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)

  • 1952
    24/ 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)

  • 1953
    25/ 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)

  • 1954
    26/ 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)

  • 1955
    27/ 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)

  • 1956
    28/ 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)

  • 1957
    29/ 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)

  • 1958
    30/ 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)

  • 1959
    31/ 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)

  • 1960
    32/ 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)

  • 1961
    33/ 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)

  • 1962
    34/ 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)

  • 1963
    35/ 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)

  • 1964
    36/ 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)

  • 1965
    37/ 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)

  • 1966
    38/ 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)

  • 1967
    39/ 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)

  • 1968
    40/ 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)

  • 1969
    41/ 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)

  • 1970
    42/ 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)

  • 1971
    43/ 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)

  • 1972
    44/ 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)

  • 1973
    45/ 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)

  • 1974
    46/ 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)

  • 1975
    47/ 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)

  • 1976
    48/ 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)

  • 1977
    49/ 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)

  • 1978
    50/ 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)

  • 1979
    51/ 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.

  • 1980
    52/ 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)

  • 1981
    53/ 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)

  • 1982
    54/ 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)

  • 1983
    55/ 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)

  • 1984
    56/ 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)

  • 1985
    57/ 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)

  • 1986
    58/ 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)

  • 1987
    59/ 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)

  • 1988
    60/ 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)

  • 1989
    61/ 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)

  • 1990
    62/ 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)

  • 1991
    63/ 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)

  • 1992
    64/ 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)

  • 1993
    65/ 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)

  • 1994
    66/ 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)

  • 1995
    67/ 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)

  • 1996
    68/ 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)

  • 1997
    69/ 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)

  • 1998
    70/ 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)

  • 1999
    71/ 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)

  • 2000
    72/ 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)

  • 2001
    73/ 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)

  • 2002
    74/ 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)

  • 2003
    75/ 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)

  • 2004
    76/ 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)

  • 2005
    77/ 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)

  • 2006
    78/ 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)

  • 2007
    79/ 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)

  • 2008
    80/ 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)

  • 2009
    81/ 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)

  • 2010
    82/ 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)

  • 2011
    83/ 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)

  • 2012
    84/ 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)

  • 2013
    85/ 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)

  • 2014
    86/ 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)

  • 2015
    87/ 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)

  • 2016
    88/ 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)

  • 2017
    89/ 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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