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How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

April 10, 2020 422 votes 68 voters 1.7k views17 items

List RulesVote up the grocery store prices that make you surprisingly grateful for the present.

For generations, people have commented on the rising cost of groceries, but when factoring in inflation, some items are actually cheaper today than they were in the 1950s. Food prices in 1950 were measured in cents, but in 2020 those prices go up exponentially. That milkshake you'd be sharing with your sweetie would be almost two times as expensive thanks to what inflation did to milk prices.

Have you ever wondered, “how much was a loaf of bread in the 1950s?” How about the price of eggs? This list will break down 1950 food prices by listing the average price back then, the 1950 price factoring in inflation – using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics's inflation calculator – and today's cost for the same items.

Vote up the grocery store items that you think have the best value in now and vote down anything you'd rather travel back in time to purchase.

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    Bananas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.16/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.76

    2020: $0.57/lb

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    Bunch of Carrots is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.10/bunch

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.10

    2020: $0.92 1 lb bag

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    Coffee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.75/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $8.24

    2020: $4.17/lb

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    Apple is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020
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    1950: $0.09/pound

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.99

    2020: $1.30

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    15 lb Bag of Potatoes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.71/15 lb Bag

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $7.80

    2020: $0.75/lb or $11.25/15 lb bag

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    White bread is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.14/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.54

    2020: $1.37/lb

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    Corn flakes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.17/11 oz box

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.87

    2020: $3.64/24 oz box or $1.65/11 oz

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    Pork Chops is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020
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    Pork Chops

    1950: $0.61/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.70

    2020: $3.29/lb

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    Bacon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.59/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.48

    2020: $5.50/lb

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    Butter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.73/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $8.02

    2020: $3.54/lb

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    Cheese is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.52/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.71

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar)

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    Quart of Milk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.19/quart

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.09

    2020: $3.24/gallon or $0.81/quart

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    Sugar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020
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    1950: $0.48/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.27

    2020: $0.59/lb

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    Steak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.85/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $9.34

    2020: $5.72/lb

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    Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.51/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.60

    2020: $3.75/lb (ground beef)

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    Rice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020
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    1950: $0.16/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.76

    2020: $0.73/lb

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    A Dozen Eggs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

    1950: $0.52/dozen

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.71

    2020: $1.55/dozen

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