It seems like everything is more expensive than it used to be.  But there are few things that have gone down in price. Some of them will actually surprise you.

  1. Computers.  A Macintosh PC in the 80's cost $2,500, which is like $6,000 today.  A new Apple desktops start at $1,300 now, or you can get a Dell for about $400.
  1. Movie tickets.  In 1995 the average ticket cost $3.55..  With inflation, that's $8, compared to $8.97 for an average ticket today.  The price is really kind of the same.
  1. Gas.  In the 1980's, the average was $1.12 a gallon, or $2.63 with inflation.  Today, the national average is $2.77.  Again, pretty close to what it was.
  1. Stamps.  If you still use stamps a lot, you will love this. In the 1980’s, it cost 22 cents to mail a letter.  Now it's 50 cents.  But with inflation, they've actually gotten cheaper.  22 cents would be 52 cents today.
  1. A gallon of milk. In 1985 it cost $1.09 which would be $2.56 with inflation.  Today, the average is $1.96.  So it's actually much cheaper than it was.  And eggs are cheaper too . . . $1.38 now compared to $2.39 then, with inflation.

Did we miss something? What would you say is cheaper today than 30 years ago. Tell us in the comment section below.



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