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Old 01-31-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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Nothing to do with RVing but...Yesterday I stopped in at our local McDonald's and bought 2 senior cokes for 50 cents each including 6% sales tax. That reminded me that when my wife and I were dating, we bought 3 burgers, 2 fries, and 2 cokes for a total of 98 cents including 3% sales tax. That was in 1963. In absolute terms was that cheap, about the same, or more expensive? Perspective?
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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My Dad had a trade (printer), was sole bread winner for the family, and made around $1.96 an hour in the early 60's. It's all relative. My sticker shock is gas prices. I remember our early 60's VW bug getting 35 mpg when gas was 35 cents per gallon; now $5 per gallon.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:22 AM   #3
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What cost $0.98 in 1963 would cost $7.10 in 2011.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:37 AM   #4
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Price $.98 in 1963 would cost $7.37 in 2013
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:00 PM   #5
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I remember filling up my first cars (74 Beetle, 73 Squareback) for less than $10. Even had enough for a Coke and Charleston Chew most times.

Filled up my 05 Golf last night for $65.

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Old 01-31-2013, 03:53 PM   #6
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1960 my dad was a contractor who made $5.00 hr....journymen's pay.

He bought a 1959 ford 3/4 ton truck...plain no options for $1900

He bought a new 3 bedroom,1 3/4 bath house with a carport for $13,000

My mom was a stay at home mom and she had a 1954 Buick to drive around town.

They had money to vacation at lease one week a year in Las Vegas (my mom's folks lived there), and my dad did lots of hunting so we had a camper and a horse.

I'd say they did ok.

Today's wages would be $20(?) can you get a new house for $52,000 or a new truck for $7600......what if wages were $30....would $78k buy a new house or $11,400 buy a new ford truck.......by the way I do not know any carpenters around here making $30 hr working for someone else.

Oh ya there used to be gas wars......I remember playing hooky from school one day to go fill up a 1968 Buick Skylark for $.16a gal and getting a big paper bag full of french fries for $1.00........I think gas was usually about $.60 a gal at that time.

No now we need two or three jobs and 10 year auto loans.....
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I once heard of someone that actually bought a really nice fiberglass trailer for only $1400.00!

WAIT...That was me!

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Old 01-31-2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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In 1960 gas was closer to 25 cents a gallon. It was still in the low to mid 30s except for the gas wars going on at that time. In 1968-1972 I was working about 30 miles from home and there was one station on my way that was in a perennial gas war with prices in the very low 20s except for a day or so every couple of weeks when it was in the 30s. I bought a new VW Beetle in 1958 for $1863.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:07 PM   #9
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I once heard of someone that actually bought a really nice fiberglass trailer for only $1400.00!

WAIT...That was me!

Francesca

I'll give you $1500.00 cash....best $100.00 you'll make all day
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:56 PM   #10
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Wow, and I'm impressed I recall gas being under a buck!

I opened this thinking I might get insight into what I will pay for my next egg! But entertaining reading non the less.
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I left the rose colored glasses behind a long time ago.

My first job paid me $1.25 an hour, gas cost $0.32 a gallon and I bought a four bedroom home w/ full basement and oversized garage for $21,000... and had a 30 year mortgage!

I paid more for my 2000 Ford F-150 (brand new) than I paid for my first home. And I certainly wasn't given thirty years to pay it off.

It's all relative and the bottom line, I wouldn't go backwards on a bet. My life is better now than ever before. My mother is 88 years old. When she was born, single women couldn't own property and the best job she could hope for was called "secretary." And she had to know how to make coffee.
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In Arizona in 1963 gas was .16 cents to .14 cents. They washed the windshield checked the oil. I worked in a Hardware Store made $1.00 an hour. Lived at home I worked around our yard in lieu of room and board.
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I left the rose colored glasses behind a long time ago.

My first job paid me $1.25 an hour, gas cost $0.32 a gallon and I bought a four bedroom home w/ full basement and oversized garage for $21,000... and had a 30 year mortgage!

I paid more for my 2000 Ford F-150 (brand new) than I paid for my first home. And I certainly wasn't given thirty years to pay it off.

It's all relative and the bottom line, I wouldn't go backwards on a bet. My life is better now than ever before. My mother is 88 years old. When she was born, single women couldn't own property and the best job she could hope for was called "secretary." And she had to know how to make coffee.
Donna, don't get me wrong I like many of the improvements we have to our lives today.....just look at the time I spend on the lap top.

My folks got divorced in 65....I remember my mom could only get a job at a potato chip factory and did not make enough money to pay $5.00 for my school Christmas play costume....she just cried!!!

So yes it is good that women now can get good paying jobs etc.

That said I still wish the cost of housing and such was still at the ratio of income that Americans had in 1960. Then maybe one parent could stay home to raise the children.

Attitudes are much different now also.....my oldest daughter and her husband have good paying jobs, a newer house in the city( their choice ), two new cars, very expensive furniture, tons and tons of electronic technology gadgets like a recording/audio studio, they vacation multiple times a year (Hawaii, Mexico, etc.) yet they tell me they are poor

It took me years of hard work to get to where they are and I feel blessed.
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All the housing prices and standards of living increased when banks were forced to consider the wife's wages when considering loans. The down side was that it made two income families attractive; the up side was that it made two income families attractive. I like the second interpretation. I worked 32 years before retirement and loved it. Mom was a house wife and loved it. Different world out there! :-) Both good.
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