Pictures of Prices in the 90’s That Are Difficult to Stomach Now
The nineties, what a time to be alive. Grunge music was thriving, prices were low, and the world was at a seemingly mellow and innocuous place (comparatively). And did we mention the prices? Looking at the photos of that golden decade is enough to make anyone want to travel back in time.
We’ve been waxing nostalgic for times long past, when a trip to the gas pump didn’t cost you and ear and a leg and when the thought of buying a home wasn’t a distant relative of the American dream. Read below to get blown away at how much things have changed. Fair warning, prepare to throw your wallet out the window…
Get That Bread
If you’re following the trend of this article, then you won’t be surprised that the cost of bread was much (much) cheaper than when it was in the nineties. The average price of bread back then was around $1.29.
Today, per loaf of bread, you’re looking at spending more than $3.20 to get your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
A Very Cheap Meal
The nineties were also kind to those of us who liked to indulge ourselves in a McDonald’s meal and some french fries. A hamburger? Only $0.89! Or what about the coveted Big Mac? In the nineties they were only around $3.00.
Today, a Big Mac has an average price of upwards $6.00. While McDonald’s is still considered “cheap food,” there was a time when this was deeply true. That ship has sailed.
You’ve Got Mail
You more than likely do not have mail in this day and age. At least not the fun kind, like opening the mailbox and seeing a letter from a loved one on vacation who just so happened to use a forever stamp.
Now, this scenario sounds like more of a nineties scenario and for good reason too. It was before the boom of technology and instant messaging, and also the forever stamp only cost anywhere from $0.33-$0.49. Today, you’ll find the same stamp for upwards $1.15.
Milk has been to American households as dollar bills to a wallet. And yet, this has not been able to keep the prices of the famed beverage down. In the nineties, a gallon of milk went for $0.99 to $1.00. Not too bad.
Today, the same gallon of milk can cost upwards of $3.16. That is a pretty penny for some milk!
Cheap Nineties Gas
It almost hurts to look at, doesn’t it? This gorgeous throwback of dirt cheap gas prices. What a time to be an American driver! On the road, not a care in the world. Why? Because you can afford to hit the gas and take it all in.
We aren’t trying to rub in. It hurts us too. Given that the average price of gas is trending upwards more and more everyday and that $5.00 barely gets you around the block, yes we mourn the nineties.
Cheaper By The Dozen? Not Quite
Back in the golden era of spending (the nineties) you could get one dozen eggs for the beautiful cost of $0.99. You could eat eggs for a week and then some on a buck!
The price has more than doubled, and that also depends on whether or not you want the cage free, the free range, the free range on a farm, etc. Best wishes.
Get In Loser, We’re Not Going Shopping (It’s Too Pricey)
While many of us wouldn’t dream of buying a new car in this day and age (what is so wrong with used?) there was a time when it wasn’t an out of this world notion. Back in the heyday of the American economy, the average price for a car was typically about $9,437-$13,600.
Today, the average price for a brand new car sits somewhere around $36,270. So that’s cool. On top of that, even used cars are incredibly expensive. Guess we’ll walk.
Buying A Home?
The American Dream was built on the idea that one day you’ll own a home with your beautiful family on your beautiful property and live a sweet and prosperous life. Ahh, what a time. In the nineties the average price to own a home was around $79,100.
Today, that number has skyrocketed. By 2018, the average cost to own a home sits at $217,300.
Apples To Apples
In the nineties, one could get an entire pound of apples for $0.99. The average apple weighs between 150 and 250 grams, and there are about 454 grams in a pound. Not too shabby.
However, nowadays a pound of apples can run up to $1.44 per pound which really sets the average American back on how many apples a household can get compared to the nineties decade.
90s Phones vs. Modern Devices
You may be surprised to learn that phones from the 90s cost way more than phones today. Back then, a phone like the Simon Personal Communicator cost around $900, which would be worth around $2,100 today. Although the phone came with many functions, we certainly can’t compare it to what phones today can do.
Today, with as little as $500, you can get a good phone, and if you have around $1000, you can get an even better phone like an iPhone.
Soaring Higher Education Costs
Anyone paying tuition these days deserves all the respect they can get. In the 90s, people used to pay an average of $3,349 for a public 4-year institution tuition, and for private, around $15,160. Fast forward to today, you will find more people buried in student loans than those who can pay in full.
Nowadays, it has gone up to around an average of $38,768 per year for private schools and $26,027 for public. These days, people surely have to think twice before they go to school.
Bacon is absolutely delicious, but recent prices are making fewer people indulge in this delight. What used to be $1.90 per pound in the 90s has gone up to around $7-$8 per pound. These prices are practically pushing people away because many people often choose not to buy them when they go shopping.
If you are a sucker for bacon but want to manage costs, think about stocking up during a sale. This might save you a lot!
For The Love Of Movies
One industry that has grown over the years is the movie industry, and as it continues to grow, you can only expect that prices will go up too. Movie tickets in the past used to cost around $6; now, people need to pay about $11.57- $28 to watch movies.
Although movie stars and movies will come and go, the persisting trend of rising ticket prices seems to be here to stay.
Skyrocketing Rent Prices
Modern-day and the hiking rent craze are making it much harder for people to be able to afford renting houses. In the past, the average rent nationwide was around $447, and now it has gone up to a median rent of $1,879 as of last year.
This is why you may find people living in ridiculously tiny houses because that’s what they can afford. Some others opt to live with their parents for as long as they can.