This Is What Groceries Cost the Year You Were Born
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The end of WWII brought soldiers back home. The end of wartime rationing made prices of many foods rise. Plus, a successful ad campaign led many Americans to view milk as a healthy part of a daily diet, which increased demand (and prices).
In the mid-1940s, $1 was more like $14.12 today.
Milk: 63¢ per gallon
Eggs: 58¢ per dozen
Chopped beef: 27¢ per pound
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In the late ’40s, the National School Lunch Act required school lunches to include 1/2 to 2 pints of whole milk, causing the price of milk to leap. In the home kitchen, processed foods became more popular. For example, cake mix was introduced in 1950.
Back then, spending $1 would be more like spending $10.55 today.
Milk: 83¢ per gallon
Egg: 60¢ per dozen (about $6.40 in modern dollars)
Chopped beef: 53¢ per pound
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The increased industrialization of food production brought along more changes. For example, glass milk bottles were largely replaced with disposable paper cartons. This was also the year the microwave oven was sold to consumers; at least, to people who could afford one—they cost the equivalent of $12,000 today!
Milk: 93¢ per gallon
Egg: 61¢ per dozen
SPAM: 39¢ per can