“Everything is more expensive now.”
I remember hearing that from family and other adults when I was (much) younger.
Then, it was my turn.
“Everything costs so much more now,” I remember telling our son, over and over.
Now, it’s his turn.
He’s trying to teach two teenagers and a soon-to-be about cost.
The cycle continues … and so do the cost increases.
Fairly regularly, I get emails, letters, or calls from someone that include “remember whens.”
“Remember when a Coke cost a nickel?”
No, but I remember when it was a dime.
“Remember when a comic book was 10 cents?”
“Remember when you could get a cheeseburger for a quarter?”
Actually, I remember some for 15 cents.
“Remember when gas was 38 cents a gallon?”
You might not believe this, but I remember gas wars when it got below 20 cents a gallon.”
“Remember when you could get a 45 record for a buck”
Had several of those. Records, that is.
“Remember when the Tooth Fairy left a quarter?”
Now there’s one I hadn’t thought of for a while. So I asked a few people I know, all with small children, what the kind fairy was leaving under the pillow these days. The average was $1, but sometimes she gave as little as 50 cents and sometimes as much as $5.
Sounded like a little pork barrel issue to me … playing favorites.
Then, I thought about it. So how far will $1 get you these days?
Unless you go to one of those stores specializing in $1 items, not much. And remember, you still have to pay tax on your purchase.
Maybe you should just get a small bottle of water, drive to a park, and enjoy the fresh air.
Or, on second thought, sit out on the porch with a glass of water and just think.
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