Do you ever have one of those moment where you realise you’re getting older? Or more specifically – that you’re no longer young? One of the biggest occurrences I’ve noticed recently, has been noticing the price of things, I once considered cheap, going in the up and right direction. That is to say, getting more expensive.
There’s no doubt the cost of things go up, the older you get. It’s a generational thing right? A right of passage once you pass a certain age, to be able to say “when I was a kid, they only cost 10p”
I remember as a child, hearing my Mum say things like that too, and thinking she was over exaggerating. That prices don’t change. But they totally do.
Here are a few things that have gone up in price since I was a kid…
A Freddo chocolate bar: Was 5p…. Now 25p
A Bounty chocolate bar: Was 30p…. Now 65p
A Cinema ticket: Was £4.50….. Now £15.50 (ouch!)
A Happy Meal: Was £1.99…. Now: £2.75
And that’s just to name a few! Can you think of anything else?
There is currently a giveaway/quiz by Age UK Mobility that lets you guess when things have been most expensive throughout time, I thought it was pretty interesting as it’s related to this idea that the prices of everything keep changing.
Here’s an example…
When was a Polaroid camera most expensive?
Before I checked out the answer, I thought the answer would be today – but I was so wrong. They were MEGA expensive in the 1960s – I guess because it was new technology.
Answers: 1960s (£553), 1980s (£178), 2000s (£73.43), Today (£119.99)