Skip to comments.What $5.63 Bought Back In 1962...The American Food Store
Posted on 05/29/2011 10:23:38 PM PDT by Dallas59
I was about that young boys age in 1962. Kids behaved in public or we got our butts swatted.
I especially liked the commenter who calculated the cost of groceries in today’s prices/wages. Really makes you think...especially if, like me, you went grocery shopping today and went googly-eyed at the price of certain things.
But hey, Washington says there’s no inflation. So, no worries! And we’ve always been at war with EastAsia!
I wasn’t around in ‘62, but my parents had the same philosophy. Us kids behaved in public or we got our backsides warmed. It never ceases to amaze me the behavior some parents will allow from their children in a store or a restaurant these days.
Dad made $25 a week...almost 6 bucks for food was alot.
In today's world, you speak tough at a kid and you go to jail.
I’m having a tougher and tougher time watching stuff like this. It makes me so melancholic when I think about what America was.
Thanks. I was six in 62. Same car and almost identical store. Paper only and no plastic. $5.63! Paychecks average about 100 a week and the split level mortgage was $82. Car payments were less than $10 a month and Mom stayed at home to take care of the four of us. Shoes were a bit on the expensive side. Our family also had money left over to save. What more can I say. Thank you inflation and fiat currency.
Yep, we’d be bailing our parents out of jail today. My Dad would be 93 now and he’d be sick if he saw the world today. He was a World War II vet and they were definately old school.
Actually, the copyright date on the film is 1957 (MCMLVII), not 1962 (MCMLXII). The hairstyles also give it away!
I do too.
But every generation thirsts for the past.
We are going down a strange road. But perhaps the upstanding youth (and there are many) will carry us to a secure future.
This country will never be as in our youth again..but maybe the current youth can carry us forward in a positive direction.
That is my prayer.
My GrandDad would be sad too, how the USA has evolved.
I was born in 1951 and I think you and I are about the same age because we have similar memories.
I don't know whether to thank you or curse you
In 1962 we had a family of three, I was making couple bucks an hour and thought I picking in tall cotton. In 1963 we bought our first new car, a Plymouth Valiant, $1700.00 out the door.
Now for the silver: 5.60 times .72 (ounces of silver in $1.00 face value coinage at 90%) equals 4.032 ounces of silver, worth 37.96/oz. spot at the time of this posting, or $153.05 in today's market.
One of those silver quarters is worth $6.83 today (as silver), still better than a gallon of gas...
Sure wish I still had the dimes I fed Coke machines back in the day...
Computers, microwaves, cell phones and on and on.
The morals that many claim have declined, maybe true. But I think that is a result of “an easy life”.
I can't tell the young not to take advantage of the conveniences our world offers, when I am not willing to deny it myself.
In 1962, my parent’s nearly new, California ranch-style 3-2-2 was worth around $15,000 and the monthly mortgage payment was around $100 a month.
I’ve often said that the real value of things doesn’t change a whole lot - only our paper money does. I’m sure that you could buy the same (or equivalent) house today for the same amount of gold that it would have fetched when it was new.
How the USA has DEvolved, actually, Mom and GrandMom can't sew clothes for the family because they have to work just to make ends meet. There's a reason why just about the same time the democrat fascist party started preaching the "post industrial society" that they began preaching "women should be liberated to work out of the home" as well. They knew that they cost of living would go up and the standard of living would go down as the country industrialized but they also knew that a second income would serve to hide the rate of decline for a good many years.
Give fascists majority control in a democracy for sixty years and all you can expect is a fascist government no matter what they chose to call themselves. I've been laughing for years and years at how the "left" in this country has managed to call everyone else Nazi while actually being exactly like the pre-WWII Nazi party in Germany. People who are so stupid and lazy that they don't recognize reality until it's too late deserve exactly what they vote for.
The democrat party is now and always has been the party of slavery, sedition, treason, secession, civil war, KKK terrorism, Jim Crow laws, eugenics laws, constant voter fraud, constant voter intimidation, anti-Semitic immigration restrictions (in response to Nazi Nuremberg laws), advocates of titles of nobility for protected classes of citizens who are above the law, creators of anti-Christian mythology, creators of the welfare plantation system, advocates of infanticide and euthanasia as well as being the party that designed, implemented, and fights to lavishly fund the systematic, eugenics driven, mass murder of minority infants. The democrat party has to be so thoroughly destroyed as a national political party that it is no longer a factor in national politics. Refusing to support less than pure alternatives over a pet peeve, sitting out elections, or doing anything that keeps you from helping or influences others to not help rid ourselves of these parasites while we're force fed democrat arsenic, is either deliberate democrat supporting fifth column activity or your personal agreement that we should commit national suicide. The entire democrat machine, including both government employee unions and the democrat academic rewards and propaganda infrastructure needs to be fought until, to paraphrase Bull Halsey, " ... democrat is only spoken in hell".
HA...no chips, cookies, candy, soda in THAT budget....and if you notice they are not overweight, either.
Plus, we were thinner back then.
Today you're likely to see some behemoth w/low rider jeans and a tat on her lower back. Another tat on her ankle probably.
Yep..our Mom’s set an example.
But we were thinner because we all played outside from the time we got up and had breakfast until the sun set.
Would I let a kid of mine have the free reign I was allowed?
Mrs. Nelson got around in style in that 55 Bel Aire. My dear old Dad bought a 59 Impala convertible with a 348 that could outrun anything short of a Corvette. It cost $3100 new, in those days anyone who spent more than 3k on a Chevy could be declared legally insane! In 62 we lived in a 2-bedroom co-op in the Palham Bay section of da Bronx, still a nice neighborhood, in a brand new apt building. It cost my parents an astounding $2500 plus a whopping $120/mo in common charges. I remember them telling me about a recession in 1962. My grandparents, like most other “seasoned citizens” who lived through the Depression were worried that we were headed for another one.
Think of the differences today:
- All cars back then were domestic
- The women all wore dresses
- No credit/debit cards
- Cashier had to “wring up” every item - no scanners
- Very few single parent households
- No cell phones
Grocery carts still look pretty much the same.
My first car was a 1967 Plymouth Valiant coupe (three on the tree) with an AM radio. New it cost $1,825 with the sales tax, registration and license plates included.
Preggies with #6 had to move. 1800 sq. foot colonial on an extra large lot in subdivision. 4 bedroom, living room, family room, dining room and large eat in kitchen 1 1/2 baths, full basement and attached garage for 19,900.00 that was in the mid 60's...Cannot get a car for that now...mortgage at 6% 30 years. Payments were 89.00 dollars a month...
it might be interesting to see what it would cost today for what they bought
i found a 4 lb veal roast price on the net... $46 (i had no idea of the current price, seems crazy high)
assuming value stayed the same but the dollar shrank, $5 in silver would be about 4.5 oz, or about $171. that seems like it’d be close
funny how that is.
You have laid it out beautifully.....thanks.
The women all wore dresses...”
Not only dresses but slips, stockings, full appropriate undergarments including hoops and all those crazy petticoats. We used to starch them with gelatin so there was always one hanging up drying somewhere. And you never wore pj’s without a robe to completely cover them. In the late 1950’s I had at least 10 pairs of wrist length cotton gloves - all white and nary a spot on any of them and we wore them everywhere! The only person who wore denim was my daddy and that was overalls which he wore when doing farmwork. Every pair of shoes had to have a matching purse. You’d think we’d have more money now that there are so many things we no longer wear.
Now that $25 will buy you a couple of bags of groceries, if you're lucky. Thanks Federal Reserve!
I can remember in 1963, buying groceries and coming out of the store and complaining to the wife that we only got one bag of groceries for $5, when the year before at the same store you could get two bags full for $5. Ahhhh, the good old days. I was making $2.06 per hour and considered it pretty fair wages compared to what some people made.
In 62 I was making $3.25/hour and only paying $65/ month rent for a 2 bedroom house.
In 1952 my mother and my step father bought a 3/2/1 on 2.5 acres(in CA)for $4500. I don’t know what the payments were but they were to the former owner, not a bank and they paid it off early. The house was built by the former owner and it was build way above the code standards of the day or even today as far as that goes. The house is still standing and housing my step sisters grand children.
It was nice to see a 57 150 chevy and the 55 bel air didn’t see anything newer than a 57.
Luv the buzz cut. Mom wouldn’t buzz me any other way.
Yes, the Plymouth Valiant, nothing fancy, but they made for excellent basic transportation. The slant six,aka the leaning tower of power was virtually indestructable.
One of the dumbest mistakes GM ever made was selling that Buick V8 to British Leyland. The engines that go in the Range Rovers are of the same basic design.
I was 8years old in 1962. About that time, my aunt who was working for Westinghouse purchased a new Buick “Wildcat”so she gave my mother & father her 1956 something Buick. It was a green 4-door and had an armrest in the back so big you could sit on it (which my little brother did). These were the days before seatbelts,of course.
We called it “The Tank”. It was an awesome car.
Your recollections are the same I was making a few weeks ago after being dazzled by the hats and ‘Fascinators’ being worn at The Royal Wedding!
Since that wedding, I have seen old movies: Westerns where the ladies are wearing head gear quite like the English fascinators; and 1940’s movies where Lucille Ball, for one, was wearing elegant hats which must have inspired the milliners in London!
We wore hats everywhere - I was recently looking at my high school year book, and we young ladies were wearing our Easter clothes in pictures taken on our Senior trip to Washington, D.C., spring 1955. We flew to D.C. from New York ( we came from a town on Long Island). We were wearing suits, coats, or Toppers, hats, purses, and gloves!
And the boys were very well dressed.
Back then (’50’s), and for years before, the men wore hats everywhere - not baseball caps.
And not too many men had 'sports shirts.' Just white shirts, and ties. We didn't own too many nice (dress) shoes, so having a matching pocketbook (east coast; ‘purse,’ west coast) wasn't extravagant.
And buying new clothing was added to what we had been wearing for numbers of years before, not having to keep up with the latest fashion, making clothes ‘obsolete.’ We needed new clothes because we grew, and others were wearing out.
I can barely remember wearing slacks in the ‘50’s. . . maybe to go bowling.
By the ‘60’s we were married and started having babies. When our daughters were old enough, I can remember buying all 4 girls Sunday School shoes, and school shoes, twice a year! And sandals in the summer. Going to the shoe store included the entire family!
Don't think the girls had sneakers for YEARS - maybe the ‘70’s?
Nowadays, some of my granddaughters under age 12 have so many shoes of every description and style that I'm just blown away! Every 2 months or so - new shoes! Ah,memories of a simplier life! ~ Please Read My Tagline ~ (I've tried over and over to get that 'Tagline' sentence to stand alone, and it just won't happen - frustrating...)
And the cars.
At the end of the video, they slam the door of the car shut.
Listen to it. It sounds like a tank. LOL
Those were some seriously awesome cars in those days.
Graduated from a small Vermont HS in 1961 and I had been working part-time (for $1.00/hr) in a private grocery store for 2 years.
Didn't make much money but allowed me to be the only kid in HS who owned their own car; a 1953 Chevy
After graduating went to work for large chain store (and was making a whopping $1.50/hr) and worked for them until Oct. 1962, when I quit to join the USAF.
Worked in every dept. except the meat dept and that kid stamping can with a marker sure reminded me of what a laborious time consuming task this was compared to today when everything already has a bar code.
Likewise, running a register then, was no easy task whereby one had to actually punch the amount in manually as well as which dept the item was purchased from.
Today's checkers have it made as all they have to do (with the exception of some loose produce) is scan the items as fast as they can swipe them and simply hit the total button.
The amazing advancement of technology.
Listen to it. It sounds like a tank. LOL
Those were some seriously awesome cars in those days.
Yep, that's a fact.
And, the reason those of us who were around then and owned vehicles often referred to them as "irons!"
Of course that was reserved for those hot ones with V-8's that "went" if you know what I mean?
All the rest including 6 cylinder family cars--and especially the few foreign cars such as VW bugs--we referred to either as "sleds," or better yet, "Sh*t Boxes," which some of my friends today refer to most cars on the road as same. lol
Why is that? Guess cents are worthless now days.