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How Much Grocery Store Items Cost In 1970 Vs. 2020

Updated February 10, 2020 4.8k votes 836 voters 48.3k views17 items

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

Ah, the '70s. The decade of bell-bottom jeans, tie-dye, free love, and, perhaps most importantly, reasonably priced grocery store items. Or so we like to imagine. While the fare at 1970s dinner parties might have been questionable at best, we also don't envy the era's cost of standard items like bread and milk. In fact, their prices feel really familiar to life in 2020.

Using a Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator on the average price of basic grocery item proves that the era of Vietnam and the great Stagflation isn't too dissimilar from the present. After all, doesn't history love repeating itself?

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    Bacon

    1970: $0.94/pound

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.39/pound

    2020: $5.47/pound

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    Rice

    1970: $0.19/pound

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.29/pound

    2020: $0.71/pound 

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    A Dozen Eggs

    1970: $0.61/dozen

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $4.15/dozen

    2020: $1.53/dozen

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    Milk

    1970: $0.57/half gallon

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $3.88/half gallon

    2020: $1.59/half gallon

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    Ice Cream

    1970: $0.84/half gallon

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.71/half gallon

    2020: $4.74/half gallon

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    Pork Chops

    1970: $1.16/pound 

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $7.89/pound

    2020: $3.77/pound

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    Bread

    1970: $0.24/pound 

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $1.63/pound

    2020: $1.36/pound

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    Ground Beef

    1970: $0.66/pound 

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $4.49/pound

    2020: $4.30/pound

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    Chicken Breast

    1970: $0.74/pound

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $5.03/pound

    2020: $3.11/pound

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    Steak

    1970: $1.30/pound

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $8.84​​​​​​​/pound

    2020: $5.97/pound

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    Coffee

    1970: $0.91/pound

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $6.19/pound

    2020: $4.05/pound

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    Bananas

    1970: $0.15/pound 

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation:​​​​​​​ $1.02/pound

    2020: $0.57/pound

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    Tomatoes

    1970: $0.42/pound

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $2.86/pound

    2020: $1.95/pound 

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    Sugar

    1970: $0.13/pound 

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.88/pound

    2020: $0.58/pound

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    Chuck Roast

    1970: $0.72/pound 

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $4.89/pound

    2020: $5.64/pound

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    American Cheese

    1970: $0.50/pound

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $3.40/pound

    2020: $3.90/pound

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    Potatoes

    1970: $0.09/pound

    1970 Adjusted For Inflation: $0.61/pound

    2020: $0.78/pound