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    Cost of things in 1986

    Discussion in 'Research' started by architectus, Jul 11, 2009.

    I was eight years old, so I can't remember the cost of things in 1986. I think a soda was 25 cents, a phone call 10 cents, a candy bar 25 cents. Ferris Bueler's Day Off was playing in the theaters.

    How much was a bag of chips? Did they have the grab sized bags?

    I've been looking for websites with no luck.
     
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    Old newspapers and magazines are your best bet, but it won't be easy. Most of them won't have prices in the ads, unless you can find one with a supermarket circular insert still present. Libraries probably won't have them, but an attic or a yard sale with boxes packed around that time may have wadded papers as packing material.

    I lived in those times as an adult, but I couldn't tell you off the top of my head what various grocery items cost back then with any reliability.
     
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    I've been trying to think of movies and novels written around that time that mention the price of things.
     
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    search google for wiki.answers

    in the search bar type ' how much did ____ cost in 1986? '

    i think i saw the price of a mcdonalds burger on there, when i quickly searched for prices.
     
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    i was in my mid-40s then, but couldn't tell you what stuff cost then, or in any of the many decades i've been buying things, other than recalling i used to see double features at the sat. matinees for only a quarter!... but that was in the early 50's...

    i think some creative googling will give you much of what you want...
     
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    Oooo that's my birth year!
     
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    http://www.1980sflashback.com/1986/Economy.asp this site helps with providing some general info and prices of gas, milk, and eggs at the time. $0.93 for a gallon of gas. I wish I lived to see that. I'll edit this post if I find more.
     
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    When I started driving, gas was at 99 cents a gallon. A twenty dollar bill was good for most of the week! :)
     

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