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How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

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Vote 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
    1

    1950: $0.16/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.76

    2020: $0.57/lb

  • Pork Chops
    2

    Pork Chops

    1950: $0.61/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.70

    2020: $3.29/lb

  • Cheese
    3

    1950: $0.52/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.71

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar)

  • Steak
    4

    1950: $0.85/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $9.34

    2020: $5.72/lb

  • 1950: $0.51/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.60

    2020: $3.75/lb (ground beef)

  • 1950: $0.52/dozen

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.71

    2020: $1.55/dozen

  • 1950: $0.17/11 oz box

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.87

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

  • Bacon
    8

    1950: $0.59/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.48

    2020: $5.50/lb

  • 1950: $0.10/bunch

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.10

    2020: $0.92 1 lb bag

  • Coffee
    10

    1950: $0.75/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $8.24

    2020: $4.17/lb

  • Sugar
    11

    1950: $0.48/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.27

    2020: $0.59/lb

  • 1950: $0.14/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.54

    2020: $1.37/lb

  • Butter
    13

    1950: $0.73/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $8.02

    2020: $3.54/lb

  • 1950: $0.19/quart

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.09

    2020: $3.24/gallon or $0.81/quart

  • Apple
    15

    1950: $0.09/pound

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.99

    2020: $1.30

  • Rice
    16

    1950: $0.16/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.76

    2020: $0.73/lb

  • 1950: $0.71/15 lb Bag

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $7.80

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