The cost of living from 1975 to 2012 -

The cost of living from 1975 to 2012

We're looking at the cost of buying basic stuff in 1975 compared to today. And there are some numbers that might surprise you. 

Here are some examples: 

In 1975, you would have to work seven hours to buy a coffee maker. It would cost you only an hour's worth of work today. 

For a TV: 154 hours. Notice the price was about $750? A modern flat screen TV will cost you about 13 hours of work. 

A fancy clock radio in 1975 would take you 12 hours of work to buy. Today, only half an hour. 

A typewriter took 57 hours of work back then. Compare that to the 52 hours it now takes to buy a computer. 

Even camera prices have come down. You would work 71 hours back then and only five hours for today's camera. 

Tires for your car? Only eight hours of work then and four hours today. 

A microwave oven ran you more than $400 back then and hours of work. These days, four hours will buy you one. 

The leisure suit — it was briefly the style of the day. There's nothing today to compare that to! 

Copyright 2012 America Now. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Physicians warn against giving melatonin to children

    Physicians warn against giving melatonin to children

    Parents desperate to get their troubled sleepers to bed are turning to synthetic melatonin, which is a supplement sold over the counter. But expert warn it could have adverse effects on child development.
    Many adults turn to sleep aids like melatonin, but now more parents are giving them to their kids, too. We talked to physicians to see what they had to say about how it could affect your child's development.
  • Six deadly foods for dogs

    Six deadly foods for dogs

    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. One woman found that out the hard way when her dog ate a bunch of grapes! Turns out, that's one of the most dangerous foods
    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. But these common snacks could be fatal for Fido.
  • Mouse droppings cause disease

    Mouse droppings cause respiratory disease

    Mice are one of the most resilient mammals living on the planet. Some people have them as pets, and they're also used in laboratory experiments. If wild mice get inside your house, they can potentially
    If wild mice find a way inside your home, they can potentially cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your drywall and insulation. They can also transmit a harmful disease which can cause death in humans. 
Powered by WorldNow