COOL YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET WITH WINDOW FILM TO BLOCK HEAT AND UV RAYS.

The cost of these 12 everyday items has skyrocketed in recent years

McDonald's Reveals Presence Of Possible Allergens In Fries
Getty Images | Scott Olson

When grandma and grandpa were talking about the “good old days,” they must have been talking about their wallets! Yes. On average, people are making a lot more money than they did in 1925. But does this justify the price hikes of the most everyday of items?

From what we pay for a loaf of bread to the mortgages on our homes, nothing comes cheap. Take a look at the everyday items that used to be low-cost.

1. Cars

Vehicles have always been considered big purchases for families, and always will be. But even a used car with basic features requires a sizable down payment in 2017. After the U.S. entered World War I, prices for a Ford ranged from $325 to $645. That’s $6,745 to $13,387 today. Today the average price for a car clocks in at $34,000.

Getty Images | Oli Scarff

2. McDonald’s Fries

One dime. That’s how much you’d pay for fries back in 1955. Now you’ll pay at least $1.29 for a size small!

Getty Images | Mario Tama

3. Levi’s Jeans

Certainly the most recognized jean brand in history, a pair cost just $5 in 1962. Today, Levi’s jeans for men and women cost up to $98! Most pairs are in the $50 to $60 range. Huge increase nevertheless.

Getty Images | Spencer Platt

4. A Haircut

Need a quick trim? According to Angie’s List, women pay an average of $43 for a haircut while men pay $28. Of course top-notch stylists will charge much more! In 1962, a haircut cost just $3.

Getty Images | Sean Gallup

5. Your Home

Not saying $5,000 is cheap but, today, that’s five months’ rent. In 1917, you’d pay about $5,000 for your house! The real estate market has been on an upward trend since. In 2016, the average home sold for $372,500…a more than 300 percent increase.

Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

6. A Single U.S. Stamp

Sending a postcard? A stamp in 1971 was just 8 cents. Sending a letter today costs 49 cents. That’s what Facebook posts are for, right?

Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

7. Apples

Keeping the doctor away used to cost just 2 cents per pound (1917). Today, a pound of apples costs $1.43 on average, and even more for new varieties of apples like the Honeycrisp.

Flickr | www.bluewaikiki.com

8. Raising A Child

Kids. They will never be cheap, but time is only making them more expensive. The cost of raising a child rose from $145,000 in 1995 to $227,051 in 2015.

Getty Images | Andreas Rentz

9. Trip To Disneyland

Taking the kids on a Disneyland vacation? A ticket for a child was an unbelievable 35 cents in 1956! A day in the park today is up to $93 per child.

Getty Images | Handout

10. Movie Ticket

It shouldn’t be a surprise that fewer people are going to the movies. A movie ticket in 1962 was just 50 cents. Today, ticket prices have exploded, ranging from $10 to $15 depending on the theater.

Getty Images | Tim Boyle

11. Bread

Groceries as a whole cost families more money today. And the steepest rise has to be bread. In the early 1980s, bread cost about 53 cents. Today, you pay at least $1.40 for a white loaf of bread.

Flickr | m01229

12. Gas

Here’s the obvious one: the price of gas. Today’s average is about $2.35 per gallon. In 1932, prices had actually fallen to 18 cents per gallon. Down from 25 cents in 1918.

Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

About the Author

Emily Hanford-Ostmann

I have a background in newspaper and broadcast news writing. When I'm not informing others about what's happening in town...I enjoy running, a great workout class and finding my next favorite show on Netflix. I also find great joy in clearance shopping. More.

More to explore