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How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

April 10, 2020 757 votes 135 voters 3.1k 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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  • Bananas1

    1950: $0.16/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.76

    2020: $0.57/lb

  • Coffee2
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    1950: $0.75/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $8.24

    2020: $4.17/lb

  • Bunch of Carrots3

    1950: $0.10/bunch

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.10

    2020: $0.92 1 lb bag

  • Corn flakes4

    1950: $0.17/11 oz box

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.87

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

  • Pork Chops5
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    Pork Chops

    1950: $0.61/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.70

    2020: $3.29/lb

  • White bread6

    1950: $0.14/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.54

    2020: $1.37/lb

  • Bacon7

    1950: $0.59/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.48

    2020: $5.50/lb

  • Apple8
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    1950: $0.09/pound

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.99

    2020: $1.30

  • 15 lb Bag of Potatoes9

    1950: $0.71/15 lb Bag

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $7.80

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

  • Quart of Milk10

    1950: $0.19/quart

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.09

    2020: $3.24/gallon or $0.81/quart

  • Steak11

    1950: $0.85/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $9.34

    2020: $5.72/lb

  • Hamburger12

    1950: $0.51/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.60

    2020: $3.75/lb (ground beef)

  • Cheese13

    1950: $0.52/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.71

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar)

  • Butter14

    1950: $0.73/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $8.02

    2020: $3.54/lb

  • Sugar15
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    20

    1950: $0.48/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.27

    2020: $0.59/lb

  • Rice16
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    1950: $0.16/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.76

    2020: $0.73/lb

  • A Dozen Eggs17

    1950: $0.52/dozen

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.71

    2020: $1.55/dozen