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Life 75 Years Ago Compared To Now! (the cost of living)

I found a couple of dozen old newspaper in the far corner of the attic.  It was probably some of the most interesting read I've had for quite a while as they dated back to the years of 1933 to 1934. I made up a list from the ads that were in these papers. Here is a list comparing the prices of the past to today's.


New Cars

  • starting at $13,500 the sky is the limit


  • Men's shoes, sport, 49.95/pair
  • Men's slacks, 39.95/pair
  • Women's cotton blouse, 29.95each
  • Women's wool coat, 199.95each

Food & beverages


  • Beef, prime rib roast, 6.99/lb
  • Beef, chuck roast, 3.99/lb
  • Minced Veal, 4.49/lb
  • Ground Beef, medium, 2.99/lb
  • Chicken,whole frozen2.29/lb
  • Duck, whole frozen 4.39/lb
  • Lamb chops, 8.99/lb
  • Side bacon, 4.29/lb


  • Atlantic sole, 3.99/lb
  • Salmon steak, 5.79/lb


  • Bread, white, 1.59/20 oz loaf
  • Cereal, Corn Flakes, 3.99/lb pkg
  • Eggs 1.99/dozen
  • Sugar, granulated, 3.29/5 lbs
  • Flour, 18.99/50 lbs
  • Coffee, 5.99/lb
  • Doughnuts, jelly, 3.99/dozen


  • Milk, 1.19/quart
  • Milk,evaporated, 1.19/12oz cans
  • Sour cream 1.19/pint
  • Cheese, Cheddar, med, 12.99/lb
  • Ice cream, 2.29/quart

Fruit & Veggies

  • Oranges, California, 3.99/dozen
  • Lemons, Sunkist, 3.99/dozen
  • Lettuce, iceberg, 1.29/head
  • Cucumbers, 1.59/3

Can & Jar Goods

  • Mushrooms,sliced, 1.39/6 oz can
  • Olives, stuffed, 4.49/11 oz bottle
  • Miracle Whip, 2.99/pint
  • Peanut-butter, 3.99/lb jar
  • Tomato soup, .89/12 oz can

Household goods

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  • Laundry soap, 4.99/45 loads
  • Lightbulbs, Westinghouse, 1.19/each
  • Paint, NO lead & zinc, 39.99/gallon
  • Towels, 21" X 42", 6.99 each

Personal care & health

  • Aspirin, 5 grain strength, 1.79/12 pill
  • Laxative, Ex Lax, 3.79/pkg
  • Razor, sensor, 5.99/5 pack
  • Shampoo, Pantene, 5.99/bottle
  • Soap, Irish Spring, 1.39/cake
  • Baby powder, 3.99/pkg

Home & garden & lawn equipment

  • Adirondack chair, unfinished, 129.00 each
  • Rake, bamboo, 18", 18.99/each
  • Range, gas, from 689.00/each
  • Refrigerator, from 989.00/each

Houses for sale

  • Average 2-3 bedroom, from 100,000.00

Houses for rent

  • 3 bedroom home, from 875.00/month

Apartments for rent

  • 2 bedroom, from 700.00/ month

Recreation & amusements

  • Banana split, 4.29/each
  • Baseball game, 25.00/admission
  • Dance, at a Club 25.00/couple
  • Lunch, starting from 7.99/plate
  • Movie ticket, 5.50/matinee; 9.50/evening

Lets compare the prices of 1933-34 to

New Cars

  • Various models, starting at $445.00-565.00


  • Men's shoes, sport, 3.00/pair
  • Men's slacks, 1.95/pair
  • Women's cotton blouse, .39each
  • Women's wool coat, 6.75each

Food & beverages


  • Beef, prime rib roast, .27/lb
  • Beef, chuck roast, .5/lb
  • Minced Veal, .6/lb
  • Ground Beef, medium, .4/lb
  • Chicken,whole frozen .19/lb
  • Duck, whole frozen .22/lb
  • Lamb chops, .21/lb
  • Side bacon, .21/lb


  • Atlantic sole, .9/lb
  • Salmon steak, .25/lb


  • Bread, white, .06/20 oz loaf
  • Cereal, Corn Flakes, .07/pkg
  • Eggs .14/dozen
  • Sugar, granulated, .24/5 lbs
  • Flour, 1.03/50 lb bag
  • Coffee,.23/lb
  • Doughnuts, jelly, .17/dozen


  • Milk,.16/quart
  • Milk,evaporated, .17/3 tall cans
  • Sour cream .6/pint
  • Cheese, Cheddar, .23/lb
  • Ice cream, .39/quart

Fruit & Veggies

  • Oranges, California, .21/dozen
  • Lemons, Sunkist, .19/12
  • Lettuce, iceberg, .10/head
  • Cucumbers, .10/3

Can & Jar Goods

  • Mushrooms,sliced, .15/4 oz can
  • Olives, stuffed, .25/11 oz bottle
  • Kraft, Miracle Whip, .10/half pint
  • Peanutbutter, .25/2 lbs jar
  • Tomato soup, .7/12oz can

Household goods

  • Laundry soap 25/9bars
  • Lightbulbs, Westinghouse, .18/each
  • Paint, lead & zinc, 2.75/gallon
  • Towels,21" X 42", 1.00/6

Personal care & health

  • Aspirin, .09/12 pill
  • Laxative, Ex Lax, .13/pkg
  • Razor, gold plated, .19/each
  • Shampoo, Palmolive, .29/bottle
  • Soap, Life Buoy, .05/cake
  • Baby powder, .14/pkg

Home & garden & lawn equipment

  • Chair, Adirondack, unfinished, 1.98
  • Rake, bamboo, 18", .15/each
  • Range, gas, 68.25/each
  • Refrigerator, 96.00/each

Houses for sale

  • Average 6 rooms, from 4750.00

Houses for rent

  • 6 room house,from 22.50/month

Apartments for rent

  • 5 rooms, from 35.00/month

Recreation & amusements

  • Banana split, .16/each
  • Baseball game, .35/admission
  • Dance, at a Club 2.50/couple
  • Lunch, from .50/plate
  • Movie ticket, .10/matinee; .20/evening


Minimum wage was established around that time at .33 cents per hour. However (if one was lucky enough to have work) it took anywhere from 50 to 60 hours per week.

For 60 hours work the total pay at the end of the week would have been the great sum of $19.80. Which calculates to 85.80 per month (less deductions)


Minimum wage was established here in Ontario at $8.00 per hour, not very long ago. The average person works around 40 hours weekly.

For 40 hours work the total pay at the end of the week would translate into the great sum of $320.00. Which calculates into $1386.66 per month (less deductions)

The wages and expenditures from 75 years ago compared to now look very different until one starts to look into it all in detail.

If the formula, loan companies use, were to be plugged into our comparison numbers one would be surprised of how same the results turn out.

Approximate formula :

  • housing 50 % of income
  • food 25 % income
  • miscellaneous expenditures 15 % of income
  • savings 10 % of income

Our two base wage numbers are:

  1. 85.80 - 20% deduction about 68.50 per month
  2. 1386.66 - 20% deductions about about 1109.00 per month


  • 34.25 (apartment on list 35.00) -.75 cents
  • 554.65 (apartment on list 700.00) + 145.35 {that's 13% increase from the allowable 50% for housing)


  • 17.12 (even with the prices for food looking low, to feed a family with that budget just didn't work) {it would have taken another 5-6 dollars per month serving only cheep meals} that's a short fall of 7.3%
  • 277.25 per month would be a very tight budget for food and at least 2% increase would be needed again seving only low,low priced food. {shortfall of 2%}


  • 10.27 for everything from laundry, to bus fare, to clothes, to entertainment etc. would have to come out of this fund.
  • 166.35 for everything from laundry, to bus fare, to telephone, to clothes, entertainment etc. also some of the short-fall will have to be saved from here.


  • 6.85 well there will be no saving as the shortfall in the food will have to come from here...
  • that's the same for the 2007-2008 there is no savings possible. The 110.90 will not even cover the extra needed for the rent.

In conclusion a person working for minimum wage is just as bad off now as the person was in 1933...except today's person can get an additional job and put in the twenty extra hours ( if they're lucky enough to find extra work)


Jon on August 14, 2013:

The cost of living FAR exceeds the average income. The typical wage, based on price index for a PART TIME job, should exceed $20 an hour due to inflation. We seem to think a $10 an hour job is a career. People amaze me in their ignorance.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 08, 2012:

Rfordin, thanks for taking a look and for commenting

regards Zsuzsy

Rfordin from Florida on August 08, 2012:

My parents have always said things of this nature. Although I've never witnessed it broken down in this way. Very interesting (and something to use with my kids at a later date). Thanks for putting it together here.


Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on May 28, 2012:

Michelle, thank you for reading.

regards Zsuzsy

michelle on April 18, 2012:


Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on February 24, 2012:

Thank you Marcy for taking a look and for commenting. You are absolutely right, our situations today are scary.

regards Zsuzsy

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on February 21, 2012:

This is both interesting and depressing! Wait - throw in frightening, too! There are many prices that have increased just since your list was first published, I think. Unfortunately, that's been during the most extended period of unemployment we've ever had. Scary.

Thanks for publishing this - voted up and interesting.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on February 13, 2012:

thanks for taking a look and for commenting

regards Zsuzsy

... on February 07, 2012:

...except today's person can get an additional job and put in the twenty extra hours...


Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 27, 2011:

Jameshank, thank you for taking a look and for commenting. It seems the more life changes the more it stays the same.

regards Zsuzsy

Jameshank from Japan, NY, California on November 25, 2011:

Thanks for sharing this hub! It surely is interesting to know there is no difference between the income:expenses ratio then and now.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 06, 2011:

Hiya Rachelsholiday, I love Beverly Clearly, just imagine the education (or lack of) they were giving girls 80 years ago compared to now... mind you I'm not totally convinced that any student should have to pay $9000 a year either. College here in Canada cost my youngest daughter a couple of thousands more per year but unfortunately by the time everything is paid for it will have cost her five times that I'm afraid.

Thank you for reading and for commenting

Good luck with the studies

regards Zsuzsy

rachelsholiday on July 05, 2011:

What an awesome hub, thanks for writing! I just finished reading Beverly Cleary's memoirs and it was $150 a year for her to go to college. Now, nearly 80 years later it costs me $9000 a year.

steve harper on March 25, 2011:

the reason prices on everything is so high is the cost of fuel , I remember when you never talked about gas prices or looked to see what they were every day. and inflation is out of hand because moneys not buying anything.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on February 22, 2011:

freefogging, so sorry I missed your comment somehow. I wish I knew how the clock could be reversed. I would love to turn back it back on so many levels.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on February 22, 2011:

Don, thank you for taking a look and for the great comments. I agree with you that our childrens and theirs future outlook is quite glum.

regards Zsuzsy

Don C on February 21, 2011:

I am not at all educated in economics or the way the world turns. This is my opinion of what causes recessions, depressions....Namely "INFLATION" To me no matter what the big brains say I still say there has to be a better way to buy,sell or spend. I think they ought to start all over again and come up with a better answer to the way we all live. I know all you educated CEO's will think, he's a moron. My god I pity the world today.

Don C on February 21, 2011:

Remember the movie "Back to the Future" he took a cab in the year 3000, what ever it was and when he got to his house the cabby said. That'll be $37,000 dollars and 74 cents. He went at least 2 miles. I pity my great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on October 21, 2010:

Jó napot kívánok. Köszönöm, hogy elolvasta a cikket.

I'm positive that live is just as hard now as it was then or vice versa. Although leading a life that's simpler would definitely interest me as long as I can have my computer and my movie dvds+player. The rest I think I can do without.

So glad you stopped by

regards Zsuzsy

Brupie on October 21, 2010:

Jo napot!

When looking at wealth and standard of living, you may also consider the quality of housing then versus now, the quality of cars then versus now. A person today can reasonably expect to drive a car over one thousand miles with little trouble other than adding gas. I doubt any car from the 30's could manage that.

I had an economics professor ask which would be better, living as a pharaoh in ancient Egypt or living as an average American today. The pharaoh could have a hundred persons fan him with palm leaves, but an average American can live in an air-conditioned house. Sickness was often a life and death matter, no vaccines and unreliable medicine. We have cheap electronics, imported foods and clothing. I don't think we are anywhere near the level of 75 years ago.

freefogging from Florida on October 12, 2010:

Wow...that's a real eye opener...nice can we turn back the clock?

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on May 13, 2010:

pokjuh, yup very different that's for sure

regards Zsuzsy

pokjuh on May 13, 2010:

gooten morgan it tis very different now dontcha know

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 15, 2009:

Dottttt, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

dottttt from Bray on August 15, 2009:

That's a lot of money, i am from Ireland if you would like i might be able to get it cheaper for you if you let me know exactly what you are looking for and say what you paid in euro if you like thanks great hub totally mad difference's

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 02, 2009:

Blaze_xeno, oh, I would love some of that pure wool fabric right now for 2bucks a yard. I made myself a wool blazer last fall, just made from a loosely woven wool (from Ireland) to wear for casual with jeans etc... I paid 75.00 dollars Canadian per meter... I must have been off my rock to pay that kind of money for it... I do think that we are all in for a rough few years.

Thanks for coming for a visit

regards Zsuzsy

blaze_xeno on July 01, 2009:

In 1961 my mother earned $65 a week, and that's what the monthly rent on our apartment was. Heating fuel was .35 a gallon. A loaf of bread was about the same. My mother bought me a fabulous red cotton dress for $5, and that was a lot. We could buy pure wool cloth by the yard at a 64-inch width for about $2. *Sigh*

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on April 02, 2009:

RKHenry! Glad you came by and checked out this hub. Did you notice the price of flour too? Awful

regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on April 02, 2009:

linjingjing! Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

RKHenry from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA on April 01, 2009:

I love hubs like these. Did you check out the price difference between the lamb chops? Amazing.

linjingjing on March 21, 2009:

Good article

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on February 02, 2009:

49er! Isn't is amazing that life changes so drastically and yet it is still the same...thanks for coming for a visit and for commenting

regards Zsuzsy

49er from USA on February 02, 2009:

This provides a very interesting look back at the past. Like RGraf, I have heard my grandmother reflect on how much she used to pay for food or goods and it really is intriguing.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 21, 2008:

RGraf! Most of us are in the same boat, there always seems to be too much bill left at the end of the money.

Glad you came by for a visit. regards Zsuzsy

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on November 21, 2008:

It is very interesting to see figures like this. I remember hearing my mother talk about those times. You are right that today we have more options and chances. That is something we should keep in mind.

I will say this. Two years ago I brought home about the same $. Since then, my salary has done nothing, but my expenses doubled. Doesn't help at all.

Thank you for an exceedingly informative piece.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 19, 2008:

justmesuzanne! Glad you were able to take a look. I know exactly what you're saying. In 1969 when we came to Canada I was able to buy 1 quart of milk and a loaf of bread with a dollar bill and still have a couple of pennies of change left over. Last night at the grocery store I spent $5.99 on 4 quarts of milk and $1.99 on toast bread. That's a killer as far as I'm concerned.

regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 19, 2008:

MCarolyn! Thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 19, 2008:

Countrywomen! Thanks for coming by and for commenting. With the ways of fabricating and manufacturing stuff going automated so much these days you would think that the majority pricing could go down.

regards Zsuzsy

justmesuzanne from Texas on November 19, 2008:

Amazing! Where'd you get all this stuff!?! You know, I can't believe how much things have gone up just in my lifetime. I was in the store today, and I bought a Hershey bar for $1.61. I commented to the clerk that, within my lifetime, Hershey bars have cost 5 cents! When I was 5 years old, a mere 45 years ago, they cost 5 cents! That's a huge amount of inflation!

Astounding! :) Suzanne

mcarolyn from Philippines on November 18, 2008:

As the year goes up, prices of basic commodities are also going high. There are no decrease being implemented.

countrywomen from Washington, USA on November 18, 2008:

Zsuzsy- WOW!! I must say its one of the most useful "tangents" that we all sure do appreciate. I always wanted to have the perspective of costs in those times. I am sure even in those days it was as tough as it is now since the incomes were lower in those days compared to the costs then.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 18, 2008:

Countrywomen! I happened to be at the library. I was doing research for another project and went off on one of my famous tangets and collected the data.

regards Zsuzsy

countrywomen from Washington, USA on November 18, 2008:

How did you compile historical costs to all these items?

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 18, 2008:

NoLimitsNana! Thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I think it was as hard to pay a mortgage on a home in '33-34 as it is now in '08.

regards Zsuzsy

Nicolette Goff from British Columbia on November 18, 2008:

Interesting comparisons, and a great hub. The comments are almost as good! I don't think costs have remained almost the same proportionately. We bought our first house in Edmonton in 1971 for $28,000, which was about a year's income with both of us working. Now that same house is around $250K, but average incomes have not matched that.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 18, 2008:

KDorfman! Thank you for coming by and for commenting. Unfortunately the poor stay poor and the rich just get richer.

It will take a lot of effort to get out of the financial mess that the world is in...

kindest regards Zsuzsy

KDorfman from Pacific Northwest on November 18, 2008:

Great hub, and I've been telling people the same thing for years. Just because something cost less fifty years ago, means that it may be the same price today when adjusted for inflation.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 26, 2008:

Honestly Nikade I really do not think that the mind set of people has that much to do with this. I'm possitive that capitalism or not, if the masses were to decide to be filthy rich, mind set or not it just wouldn't happen and the same for the reverse...

regards Zsuzsy

Nikade Etimide from Nigeria on September 26, 2008:

great hub, you know that the mind set of the generations are a major factor in inflation since the birth of capitalism

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 25, 2008:

It really depends where you live, if you can make do without a car. Everything has great distances here in Canada and unless you live in urban areas you need to run a car.

thanks for taking a look regards Zsuzsy

Trsmd from India on September 25, 2008:

As per your analysis.. At present scenario, your savings will be more.. suppose if you don't want ro buy a car, yousave..

in 1933 only $445 now you can save $13500 like this..

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 25, 2008:

Melanie! I feel that I'm at a weird phase in my life. It's hard to explain, through-out our lives we all go through phases you know the terrible two's for children etc. With my youngest "baby" having left home last year for college and being on my own now it's been a time where I've been looking back. Looking at things that I just didn't have time for in the past.

I know we're supposed to look ahead but I have a feeling that the worlds problems can all be solved by looking at what we screwed up in the past. That's how this hub came to be.

Have we changed for the better? Maybe a tiny step with a mega bunch of leaps left in-front of us.

Thanks for taking a look and for your great comments

regards Zsuzsy

privateye2500 from Canada, USA, London on September 25, 2008:


A lot of perspective here - the thing I think about quite often is:  My mother died when I was a child - so it's been nearly 40 years ago.  She was a secretary and I can still remember the smell of the ink in those old *Gestetner* machines.  The type-writer ribbon ink on her hand, the clicking away on those hard to push down keys of the old typewriters.  That smell of INK everywhere in that office.


I think - wow - if mom *popped* back to life and saw computers and microwaves, fax machines and printers, color TV and movies you can watch at Home--just to name a FEW things...she'd probably die all over again!  THIS is an entirely different world!


That tells me how much life has changed (and certainly NOT much for the better - just because something is **Possible** doesn't make it Beneficial to human-kind)


Thanks for that comment on Jimmys relationship hub - it was pure truth!




Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 20, 2008:

Vietnamese translation service! Thank for taking a look. We're all in the same boat. It would sure be nice if our wages were to increase as the cost of living wants to do.

regards Zsuzsy

vietnamese translation service on September 19, 2008:

I missed those sweet old days. Right now the money is keep rising and rising. I meant the cost is keep rising and rising. It would be nice if our salaries on the rise but not the cost of living. Again, thanks for sharing!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 28, 2008:

Thanks for sharing those numbers Sixtyorso! At times I wonder how we'll ever make it... Most things here in Canada are even more expensive then they are in the US.

regards Zsuzsy

Clive Fagan from South Africa on August 28, 2008:

Great Hub, I think you in the USA are slightly better off than us in South Africa.

In 1970 my first house cost R17,500 (38 years ago) In 2003 my much smaller townhouse cost R750,000.

In 1970 My Car cost R2500 (this is not a misprint). Last year my new one (same manufacturer) cost R300,000. I remember that a coke and sticky bun cost 5 cents in 1963   today R20.00. A hamburger and coke same year  cost 25 cents now R65.00

My first salary was R95.00 per month (1964) Same job today (starting grade) R7500 per month .

Very good hub.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 28, 2008:

Christoph! Thanks for visiting. You sure have hit the nail on the head about the conspiracy... the prices of gas won't go down here in Canada either till every last drop of the expensive stuff has been sold what ever is in the tanks now and at the refineries. (one lucky thing though, if we were not bi***ing about the gas prices we wouldn't have anything to bi**h about, right?)

Thanks for commenting regards Zsuzsy

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on August 27, 2008:

Hi Zsuzsy Bee! It's always a bit of a shock to see then and now prices compared like that. I moved from a very expensive city (N.Y.C.) and moved here to the midwest, which seemed pretty reasonable by comparison. But one gets used to things and now I'm just as crabby about it as the next guy. I do the grocery shopping for this house and have been shocked by the rise in prices recently of, well...everything. Blame it on the oil. It's true and it's convenient, but it also over simplifies things. It's one little segment in a very large spider web. I love it when we hear that the price of a barrel of gas has come down but it will be awhile until we see the reduction in the price at the pump. Because, you know, they still have that expensive stuff in their tanks that they have to get rid of first. Thats funny, because when the price of a barrel goes up, the prices at the pump go up right away. Don't they have to get rid of the cheap stuff first? Like, Vice versa? It's a conspiracy of liars. Great hub! Got my brain off it's butt! Thanks!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 09, 2008:

Guidebaba! Glad you were able to take a look. Thanks for the comment.

regards Zsuzsy

guidebaba from India on August 09, 2008:

Nice Job Zsuzsy. You did all the hardwork for research. Great and thanks for sharing.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 22, 2008:

Lidian! I still have a lot of my LPs fom the 60-70 too. I know my first paying job in the summer of 70 paid me $1/hour in the dishpit of our local Hungarian restaurant... (and I was paid more them most other kids with similar jobs just because the owners were friends of my grandparents)

Thank for coming to have a look regards Zsuzsy

Lidian on July 22, 2008:

Great hub!

I am now at an age where I tell my kids how cheap things were back in the 60s and 70s, and they always act impressed - hardcover books used to be a couple of dollars, and an LP (what's that again, Mom?) was $5.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 12, 2008:

Christine! Thanks for taking a look! About the 100,000 dollar homes, I was talking about an older style home in rural areas...the average 3bedroom in a subdevision will start at 200,000 in smaller cities and go up to 400,000 in and near Toronto (start only)

Real estate is in a weird situation right now as increases seem to happen in certain pocket areas...

talk to you soon again regards Zsuzsy

christinekv on June 12, 2008:

Interesting and informative hub Zsuzsy Bee! Makes me think of when my dad used to say stuff like, "I remember when a candy bar only cost a nickel."

So you can get a 3 bedroom house in Ontario for $100,000? Wow, that's pretty'd have to go an hour outside of Seattle to find one for more than twice that!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 11, 2008:

SunSeven! Glad you came for a visit. Thanks for your comment.

regards Zsuzsy

SunSeven from Singapore / India on June 11, 2008:

A 2500$ car is due soon! :)

Nice hub

Best Regards

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 11, 2008:

Watkins Lady! Thanks for taking a look and commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

Watkins Lady on June 11, 2008:

Very interesting, thanks for the great hub!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 11, 2008:

Desert Blondie! Thanks for taking a look and for the comment. I'm not quite sure where we're all headed. But it sure is not through easy times that's certain.

regards Zsuzsy

desert blondie from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen on June 11, 2008:

Just found this hub! Fascinating data...interesting too that ratios work out the same! More trivia...I remember from an economics class that interest rates climbed to about 15% right after WWI, so mortgages were quite out of reach to many returning soldiers...just as many returning soldiers today find such high prices FOR EVERYTHING!! FYI...ANYONE remember when mortgage rates that high more recently? Early 1980s! When they hit 10% people freaked....but they were catatonic with interest rates hit 16%...yes, right here in the USA! This is the time the famous political slogan became...It's the Economy...seems like we're right there again!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 09, 2008:

I knew there was going to be a catch...Thanks for coming for a visit and your comment.

regards Zsuzsy

funnebone from Philadelphia Pa on June 09, 2008:

I will glady pay you if you could write a hub on how to travel back in time. Of course I will pay you 1935 wages! Nice work!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on May 31, 2008:

Shirley! Glad you came for a visit and thanks for your comments. I wish we could come up with a solution.

regards Zsuzsy

Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on May 31, 2008:

I agree with what you said to Sandilyn....go back, stock up and then return here. That would be GREAT!! As soon as you build the time machine, I'll buy a ticket. :)

You're right about our economy being a sad state of affairs. I know before I left my office job, I lost one week's pay a month to income tax, and I know people who made a lot more than me lost even more than that. But that's old news for us Canucks. What saddens me is the fact that I never see anything happen to help improve things. No, I don't have any suggestions, but I wish the government could come up with something - especially for those that are in the most dire straits. Come to think of it, the government seems to be the only one that has lots of money...hmmm. :)

Thx for another great hub, Zsuzy!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on May 24, 2008:

Stooge! your comment is misleading and I won't approve it...just kidding

thanks for taking a look and joining my fan club

regards Zsuzsy

Stooge on May 24, 2008:

I am flagging this hub as misleading.

I did the quick math quiz in your profile. Result: I know that you are not old enough to have a hang on prices of 1933. Then how did you know all this? :-)

Jokes apart, I really loved it. Great idea, full of facts. I m joining your fan club :)

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on May 15, 2008:

Sandilyn! You and me both. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

Sandilyn from Port Orange, FL on May 15, 2008:

Good hub! You have done your research on the prices. It is amazing how the prices have risen over the years.

No, things have not become any better for people in the long run. Today the economy, in the US, is poor. The real estate values are dropping and companies are closing. Thus making the situation worse for most people. At least then people could hold onto what they had. There was a dream.

Today they are losing everything. That is a sad reality.

I still would like to go back to 75 years ago, and purchase a few things that I need, and then come back to this year.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on May 06, 2008:

tjmum! Your right we, ordinary folk have not progressed. Mind you the rich are richer...

glad you came by regards Zsuzsy

tjmum from Isle of Wight on May 06, 2008:

I just found this one and I have to say I'm not surprised that things really haven't improved much for us ordinary folk. The major differences that I can see is that products in the 1930s were made to last - shoes, household furnishing etc whereas today we throw things away too quickly. And many people these days own their own homes (even if they struggle to pay the mortgage) whereas in 1930s most poorer people rented. Perhaps the barter system and using what you can produce tog et by is the way to go. It would certainly give those overpaid stockbrokers something to worry about!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on April 21, 2008:

WeddingConsultant! Don't be too depressed. It's not that much different really. The poor are still poor and the rich stay rich or get richer.

regards Zsuzsy

WeddingConsultant from DC Metro Area on April 21, 2008:

Thanks for this article- I needed to be depressed!


Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on April 21, 2008:

Earl! Thanks for taking a look and your kind comments.

regards Zsuzsy

Earl S. Wynn from California on April 21, 2008:

This is an awesome hub! It was all stuff I kinda knew on the peripheral part of my brain anyway, but you've pulled it together so well (and so organized!) and thrust it into the light in a way that makes people think. Kudos to you and your awesome hub!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on April 09, 2008:

Definitely true Ink. Thanks for visiting and for your comment.

The point I was trying to make when I was putting this hub together was just that. Everything is so different and yet still the same.

regards Zsuzsy

ink on April 09, 2008:

Interesting hub, well done. Everything costs more, there are still too many poor for whom life is a struggle, and too many disproportionately rich for whom the world is arguably a playground. BUT ... look at the increases in life expectancy. For most, life is better now than it was; with a far higher standard of living, many more opportunities, much safer working conditions and better health care (even if it doesn't meet expectations). Prices have always increased over time, and people have always complained about it. :)

Raven King from Cabin Fever on April 08, 2008:

I like chicken wings. It is interesting how did you stretch your dollar then and how do we do it now?

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on April 07, 2008:

Raven! Glad you came for a visit. I remember in 1973 when I got married my food budget for the week for the two of us was $20.00. I had to put in a day of offals or chicken wings (that was before they became a fashion party food) each week. I never cooked lungs or kidneys. Just remembering something I read not so long ago even the offals are getting costly because there is a high demand for them in Japan and China. I'm not sure what the solution to all this will be...regards Zsuzsy

Raven King from Cabin Fever on April 07, 2008:

5.69 Canadian Dollars for a gallon of milk? That is awful. Here prices have been climbing for months. That famous chef Pepin remembered his Mom cooking lungs for dinner! This inflation might bring frugal living as a trend? Do you think offal cusine might be coming back?

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on April 04, 2008:

Marisue! Thanks for taking a look. I just bought 4 litres of milk (1 Gallon) and it cost me 5.69 Canadian dollars. It just went up. Last week it cost 4.89.

80 cents in one big swoop...I just can't believe it.Where will it end?

regards Zsuzsy

marisuewrites from USA on April 04, 2008:

I'm still reading and digesting all of this !!   great information wow  time flies when we're spending money, yes?   ha  =)  thanks for the info!!   I think,  it's kind of depressing isn't it....I want the prices of the 30's and the technology of the 2000's   eek   impossible

Sally's Trove: I liked the coffee illustration; I have also based my economics on the price of a gallon of milk. When it goes up to nearly $4.00, we can tell the other news is bad...and it's proven to be true. It's a domino effect and like toll roads...once they get your money...they forget "temporary" was the motto during road construction. HA, temporary hikes are hype.

Tony Sky from London UK on April 01, 2008:


Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on April 01, 2008:

Compu-smart! Isn't it funny that you would say We would need an enormous wallet etc. My neighbor just mentioned that at least the back-hoe and crane manufacturing industry would flourish as everyone will need one soon when going shopping just to carry the money.

Thanks for visiting regards Zsuzsy

Tony Sky from London UK on April 01, 2008:

im all for price increase as long as wages increase at the same time.! Hopefully in another 75 years we will have no cash and we will all have card based payment systems because one would need to have a big wallet or purse to go shopping the way prices are continueing to go up!!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on March 27, 2008:

Kenny ! My kids are teasing me about this hub.....We know, we know you had to walk to school up-hill both ways wearing your dad's pjs with a hot potato in your pocket for had warmers and for lunch. (not that it really happened...I never ever said anything so silly hahaha)

thanks for your visit regards Zsuzsy

Ashok Rajagopalan from Chennai on March 27, 2008:

When I was a kid, Zsuzsy, old folks used to bore me with what they could get for how much. Now, I have started telling kids how cheap things were in the good old days, and they are not interested. Sigh.

Some ancient scroll will probably contain the complaints of an ancient ancient Greek who used to live cheaper in his times, LOL!

Thank you for tracing it out through the years.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on March 23, 2008:

Thanks for visiting Dorsi and your comment.

regards Zsuzsy

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on March 23, 2008:

Amazing the differences. My parents paid $8,000 (1950's) for the house I now live in, which is now worth about half a mil/ they had to borrow the $50 for the deposit, which was alot of money back then!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on March 20, 2008:

Wew! It blows my mind of how much things seem to change yet they're still almost the same. Thanks for your visit and your comments Ghost. regards Zsuzsy

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