Gas today is $2.80 gal. I was inline at a dollar store, Reese's' PB cup 2 pack is $.95 !!!!I remember walking the mile from my home to the village picking up 5-6 soda bottles and having enough refund money to buy a bottle of soda AND a PB cup .
"the world doesn't end til yer dead, 'til then there's more beatin's in store, stand it like a man, and give some back"
.10 Pop and large jars of loose cookies marked 2 cookies for .01 ... well, some were .01 each and some 2 for .01
There was no tax on sales of .10 or less, so we'd buy a pop ... walk outside and stash the pop ... walk back inside and buy a little brown bag of .10 worth of cookies. Hey, a penny was 2 cookies. Shoot. ... and if mama had given us a quarter, we'd either walk back home with a nickel or maybe we'd go back in and get a pack of gum for .05. Seems like just day before yesterday ... or maybe a couple of days ago.
Yeah, but back then an AM/FM radio was seventy bucks!
My other Sig is a Steyr...
i too remember picking up enough returnable bottles to get a coke and a candy bar. Often I'd get a little cellophane pack of Daisy bb's for I believe a nickle!
... bought my first brand spanking new automobile in 1974 when I was 21. Paid sticker ... $3032 for a shiny no miles Dodge Dart Sport off the showroom floor ... a blue one.
Also, you guys are old.
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Over the years I drove several different decent condition used cars and pickups that cost less than $1000, and two VW vans that I bought for $100 and $60.
Now if we buy a vehicle for less than $30k and hang onto it for 5 years I think we’ve hit a home run.
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Lots of memories walking into the King Kwik in Madeira, collecting bottles along the way to buy a candy bar and a pop.
Niech Zyje P-220
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My first new car was a 1960 Ford Falcon--I paid about $2000 for it, and drove it for 6 years.
I remember penny candy--there was a little variety store across the street from my school that sold them. Very popular to stop there on the way home.
Texan by choice, not accident of birth
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We walked the alleyways from our neighborhood block down the road about 6-8 blocks (with no supervision, no cell phone mind you) and picked up coke bottles on the way to get the deposits. Nine times outta ten we had enough by the time we got there to get a snack AND play a game or three of Asteroids, the newest thing that had just come out. I must have been 11-12ish?
Those were never ending summers, where the only rule was that if you come inside during the day, you'd better need to poop or be deathly ill. Otherwise stay out of the house!
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving."
-Dr. Adrian Rogers
And when having a temporary unskilled labor job for $2.62 an hour was a huge step up from the 1¢ a pound I got for my (very brief) job picking pickle cucumbers, and then joining the Army and being paid less than $80 per month while being expected to contribute part of that to the Red Cross.
“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
— Thomas Paine
from the abyss
I have a 68 Mustang convertible with a copy of the original window sticker. Just over $3000. Of course, that is equivalent to roughly $22K today, but still....
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy." Winston Churchill
When I was 12-13 I mowed a couple yards in the neighborhood. Push mower, no rider or self propelled. I got $2.50 per yard and that would buy you approximately 5 Big Macs. So today I guess those yards would have to bring about $20.
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
What year did life begin in color?
Rotary phones. And pay phones. I can still remember my childhood phone number. It was drilled into me.
End of Earth: 2 Miles
Upper Peninsula: 4 Miles
Trinity (TR) 2-3549 ... or ... 872-3549
Took a while to correlate the "TR" (for Trinity) into "87". Didn't have to dial the 87 part for local calls most of my time growing up. Just knew for some reason that never made much sense, that Trinity was technically part of the phone number.
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I remember my Mom sending me to the store at the age of seven with fifty cents to get two boxes of .22 ammunition so we could go shooting soup cans.
I remember when gas was <$2.00/gallon, but that was last Halloween.
Seriously, I remember 19.9¢/gallon gas during "Gas Wars" around 1960. Candy bars were a nickel though I don't go back far enough for nickel Cokes and pay phone calls.
We often meet our destiny on the road we took to avoid it.
The first phone I remember was a rotary dial on a party line. First car was a '67 Plymouth Valiant and gas was about a 0.25 a gallon for a long time. I was running on fumes once and it took $4.54 to fill the tank, I remember thinking that was a lot of money for gas. A buddy's parents bought a Maverick around the same time-the base price was about $1,800. First NEW car was a '72 Barracuda with a 318 V8 that was $3,200.
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