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1971 vs 2011: what you get for your money

Mars bar: 1971: 2p 2011: 60p

First class stamp: 1971: 3p 2011: 44p

Pint of milk: 1971: 6p 2011: 49p

Loaf of bread: 1971: 9½p 2011: £1.10

Pint of bitter: 1971: 11p 2011: £3.05

Bunch of bananas: 1971: 18p 2011: 65p

Packet of cigarettes: 1971: 27p 2011: £7

Gallon of petrol: 1971: 33p 2011: £6

Ticket to Wembley Cup Final: 1971: £2 2011: £115
 

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Apart from the stamp, the rest is a dangerous lifestyle cocktail.

No wonder the prices for the deadly stuff appears more expensive.

Furthermore, paying anything to watch either Arsenal or Liverpool should be illegal.
 

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average wage £2000 1971
average house price £5000 1971
average wage 2009 £37,000
found 2009 not 2011 but a big difference
so were we better off ?
Lets work it out. Wages about 18 times higher...ish

Mars bar 30 times higher
Stamp 14 times higher
Milk, 8 times higher
Bitter, 27 times higher
Bananas, 3 1/2 times higher
Cigs 26 times higher
Petrol, 18 times higher
Wembley, 57 1/2 times higher......

so, in spite of us grizzling about petrol prices...they seem to be on a par with wage increases. Only your bananas, stamps and milk are cheaper pro rata.
 

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Petrol, 18 times higher

so, in spite of us grizzling about petrol prices...they seem to be on a par with wage increases.
Sounds about right, Petrol certainly didn't seem cheap to me back then. I was an apprentice engineer in 1971, never put more than 50 pence worth of petrol in my motorbike at the pump, and that still represented a large chunk of my £8 (before stoppages) weekly wage.
 

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Sounds about right, Petrol certainly didn't seem cheap to me back then. I was an apprentice engineer in 1971, never put more than 50 pence worth of petrol in my motorbike at the pump, and that still represented a large chunk of my £8 (before stoppages) weekly wage.
these things are only 'cheap' in hindsight!!
 

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The REAL difference now is that we actually buy SO MUCH more stuff - things that in 1971 that were considered luxuries (or were not even thought about) are now considered my many people as necessities - just go in a supermarket check-out queue - take a look at Mr and Mrs averages weekly shop - bet that at least 75% of it is crap like fizzy drinks, deserts, sweets, tv dinners etc etc. Yes we had packets of crisps in 1971, but they were single packets of crisps, not packs of 24 or whatever. How many people waste money on take away food? (i.e Indian or McDonalds) today? - notice I didn't say Chinese - there were plenty of those around in 1971 as were Chippies (as there are now) so high risk fatty foods were with us back then, yet look at the obesity crisis now where we are all supposedly educated and knowledgeable about good and healthy foods - in 1971 a fat kid was a relatively rare sight - in 2014 a slim kid is a relatively rare sight!
 

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Got to agree with all that ,add on your mobile phone bill, internet subscription, sky telly etc etc the list goes on and on all the things we never had to pay for but do now because we can't live without them, personally I was earning prob £100 per week more than I am now 25yrs ago with out all them extra bills to pay and was still allways skint so really wonder how I make ends meet now .
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The REAL difference now is that we actually buy SO MUCH more stuff - things that in 1971 that were considered luxuries (or were not even thought about) are now considered my many people as necessities - just go in a supermarket check-out queue - take a look at Mr and Mrs averages weekly shop - bet that at least 75% of it is crap like fizzy drinks, deserts, sweets, tv dinners etc etc. Yes we had packets of crisps in 1971, but they were single packets of crisps, not packs of 24 or whatever. How many people waste money on take away food? (i.e Indian or McDonalds) today? - notice I didn't say Chinese - there were plenty of those around in 1971 as were Chippies (as there are now) so high risk fatty foods were with us back then, yet look at the obesity crisis now where we are all supposedly educated and knowledgeable about good and healthy foods - in 1971 a fat kid was a relatively rare sight - in 2014 a slim kid is a relatively rare sight!
 
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