How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1940 Vs. 2020

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Vote up the grocery store items that you'd rather pay 2020 prices for.

People love to wax poetic about the days of old when a person could see a movie for a nickel or buy a soda for a dime, but was that really the case? Sadly, the answer is a resounding no. People who reminisce about the "good ol' days" are forgetting one important factor: inflation. 

While data from the 1940s might make grocery store items look cheaper than they are today, when you use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics's inflation calculator to see how much those items really cost, the prices are not so different. So, before you try to pull a Marty McFly and go back to the 1940s to save some money, take a look at the grocery prices below and see if the effort is truly worth it. 


  • Eggs
    1

    Eggs

    472 votes

    1940: $0.33/dozen

    1940 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.12

    2020: $1.46

  • Bananas
    2
    467 votes

    1940: $0.06/pound

    1940 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.11

    2020: $0.57

  • Potatoes
    3

    Potatoes

    311 votes

    1940: $0.23/pound

    1940 Adjusted For Inflation: $4.27

    2020: $0.80

  • Steak
    4

    Steak

    290 votes

    1940: $0.36/pound

    1940 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.68

    2020: $5.96

  • Bread
    5

    Bread

    264 votes

    1940: $0.08/pound

    1940 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.48

    2020: $1.35

  • Milk
    6

    Milk

    281 votes

    1940: $0.25/half gallon

    1940 Adjusted For Inflation: $4.64

    2020: $1.62