Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Things You Used to Get for $1 That You Can't Today

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Things You Used to Get for $1 That You Can't Today

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IN THE grand old days, $1 could get you a whole lot of fun.

In 1911 the equivalent of $1 would make you the most well-communicated person in town, covering the cost of posting 120 letters. These days you'd be lucky to post one using your gold coin.

Things started creeping up in price by the 70s, but you could still get five loaves of bread for about $1 which is an absolute steal in today's market. By the time we were flaunting fluoro scrunchies in our hair in the 80s, we could also grab a pound of butter (about half a kilo) for a measly $1 to go with all that bread which by this time you could only get two loaves for your dollar, but still great value none the less.

And perhaps the most recent and heartbreaking of all, petrol... In 2004, you could still get 5c change from your dollar when buying a litre of petrol unlike today's $1. …

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