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The cost of goods the year you were born

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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