Weird History
90 voters

How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1950 Vs. 2020

April 10, 2020 610 votes 90 voters 2.0k 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.

...more
  • 1
    Bananas

    1950: $0.16/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.76

    2020: $0.57/lb

  • 2
    Bunch of Carrots

    1950: $0.10/bunch

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.10

    2020: $0.92 1 lb bag

  • 3
    Coffee
    37
    11

    1950: $0.75/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $8.24

    2020: $4.17/lb

  • 4
    Corn flakes

    1950: $0.17/11 oz box

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.87

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

  • 5
    15 lb Bag of Potatoes

    1950: $0.71/15 lb Bag

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $7.80

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

  • 6
    Bacon

    1950: $0.59/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.48

    2020: $5.50/lb

  • 7
    White bread

    1950: $0.14/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.54

    2020: $1.37/lb

  • 8
    Apple
    34
    14

    1950: $0.09/pound

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.99

    2020: $1.30

  • 9
    Pork Chops
    25
    5

    Pork Chops

    1950: $0.61/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.70

    2020: $3.29/lb

  • 10
    Cheese

    1950: $0.52/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.71

    2020: $5.32/lb (cheddar)

  • 11
    Quart of Milk

    1950: $0.19/quart

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.09

    2020: $3.24/gallon or $0.81/quart

  • 12
    Steak

    1950: $0.85/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $9.34

    2020: $5.72/lb

  • 13
    Butter

    1950: $0.73/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $8.02

    2020: $3.54/lb

  • 14
    Hamburger

    1950: $0.51/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.60

    2020: $3.75/lb (ground beef)

  • 15
    Sugar
    27
    17

    1950: $0.48/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.27

    2020: $0.59/lb

  • 16
    Rice
    15
    4

    1950: $0.16/lb

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.76

    2020: $0.73/lb

  • 17
    A Dozen Eggs

    1950: $0.52/dozen

    1950 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.71

    2020: $1.55/dozen