25 Pics That Show How Little Things Used To Cost Back In The Day

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The cost of living has been rising in recent years, with various factors such as the energy market, COVID-19, and inflation contributing to this trend. It is widely acknowledged that younger people are finding it increasingly difficult to afford housing, and this financial burden is extending to other areas such as cars and groceries.

To shed light on the issue, our team has compiled a range of examples from different sources, including historical lists of the cost of living, old menus and advertisements. These examples range from the cost of tuition at Harvard in the 1850s to the prices of McDonald’s items from decades ago, when they were much cheaper.

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#1 1916 Sears Catalog Home

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They shipped the entire house to you by railroad car. Sears was like Ikea before Ikea. Friends and family would come from all around to help the owner build it.

#2 Vintage Travel Ad – Hotel Las Brisas, Acapulco, Mexico – 1965

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#3 The Westerner Motor Hotel

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#4 1947 Hospital Bill Found Out My Parents’ Attic. Not Sure Who It’s For

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#5 Cost Of Living 1989

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#6 My Grandmama Just Passed Away And We Found The Hospital Bill Of When She Had My Aunt In 1957. Insurance Paid $100 So They Ended Up Paying $2.95 For Having A Baby

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#8 The Taco Bell Five! (1968)

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#9 1943 Cost Of Living

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#10 Kentucky Fried Chicken

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#11 Mcdonald’s Menu From 1959

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#12 McDonald’s Extra Value Menu 1993

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#13 Danish Modern Furniture Ad 1962

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#14 The Bill For A Semester At Harvard, 1869: $170.42

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#15 St. Luke Hospital – 1950s

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#16 Cost Of Living In 1938

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#17 A Woolworth’s Menu From The 1960s When They Served Food

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#18 “Vacation Specials” – Steve Aloi Ford Ad [c.1970]

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#19 Sears Men’s Fashion 1960’s

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#20 Vintage New Home Advertisement, Toronto With $500 Bonus!

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#21 Housing Ad From 1955

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#22 Hospital Bill From When My Grandpa Blew Up A Stump With Homemade Tnt And Lost His Eye

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#23 The Original Burger King Whopper In 1963

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#24 Cat’s Meow Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale Florida, 1950s Menu

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#25 1960’s Cocktail Menu From The ‘Cannibal Room’ At Ren Clark’s Polynesian Village In Ft. Worth, Tx

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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