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Old 03-14-2012, 03:21 PM   #15
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It did seem like the money went a lot farther in those days..........
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:28 PM   #16
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I vaguely recall going to the store for Mom and getting a pack of Chesterfield's and a loaf of bread for 42 cents ?? Isn't a carton about $60.00 today ???
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:55 PM   #17
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Pulled into the Shell gas station with my '62 Chevy, it was my Dad's hand me down High School graduation present, asking the attendant to fill it up, they actually pumped it for you, handed him a five dollar bill and got change back.
My first job during high school at $1.60 /hr, figuring out that if I could make $2.00/hr I would be on easy street.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:56 PM   #18
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You said you missed dollar a gallon gas.. How about 25/gallon.. I remember that.

I remember walking the last block or so to the gas station, borrowing their gas can (Remember when they had cans to loan) hiking back to the car, bringing it in, returning the can and filling up.

"Free gift with any fill up of $3.00 or more".

I did not qualify.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:23 PM   #19
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I used to pump gas at $.17 a gallon. I also checked your oil, tires, cleaned your windshield and vacumed out your car, front and back. We also had the coke machine for 10 cents. My pay $.50 an hour. Movie was $.25 for all day, popcorn was $.05. Life was and is good just different.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:03 AM   #20
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I seem to recall it being 29 -35 cents per gallon when I started driving. Now it jumps that much in a week !!!
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:42 AM   #21
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Not only did I fill up for .17 a gallon, but we also got a handfull of Green Stamps, remember those?

When I started driving 18wheelers after retiring from the Corps, fuel was .89 a gallon in Oklahoma

That was 1996 what happened

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S&H, on the green stamps?
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:54 AM   #23
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:05 AM   #24
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I remember paying .36 cents a gallon for Sunoco 260 for my Olds 442 and .45 cents a pack for a pack of Marlboro. Thought it was going to be the end of smoking when they raised them to .50 cents a pack and now they're $5.00 a pack. How times have changed.
First job paid $1.25 an hour, thought I it the lottery when I started another one a $2.25,,,a whole dollar raise! Thought it was easy street after I landed a union job in my trade at $9.45 an hour and that was in 1973.
Traded the old 442 in on a brand new 75 Olds and paid $4500. I think if I remember correctly for 2 grand more I could have had a Vette?
Ahhhh if I only knew then what I know now!,,,Ain't life great!
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I use to go to the local drug store's soda bar for lunch, a bowl of soup and a vanilla soda cost me $0.30. I also remember Sunoco 260 for $0.36 a gal., it's what I used in my '67 Camaro SS350. They can say that things aren't much more expensive when adjusted for inflation but I think my money went further "back then".
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:37 AM   #26
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I got gas for $0.19/gal in Tucson for my `54 Plymouth. I had two 1 barrels on it and if the passengers chipped in for gas, I would hook up the second barrel linkage.
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And when a McDonald's opened up you could get a shake, fries and hamburger for a buck. A buck's worth of gas would last several days.
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And when a McDonald's opened up you could get a shake, fries and hamburger for a buck. A buck's worth of gas would last several days.
AND... no PINK SLIME back then, REAL HAMBURGER. Yum.
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