At one time or another, most of us have had people tell us clichéd stories about how when they were a kid, bread was only a dime or a can of soda was only a nickel. Today, these costs seem unheard of to us, as you can’t really buy much of anything with a nickel, dime or even a quarter — except for when you visit a gumball machine.
A dollar would have been worth $13.54 in 1944, and if we go further back to 1914, this value rises to $23.83, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Inflation Calculator. Of course, those days have long since passed. These days, we’re told more and more to use caution and compare cost with value. We’re even warned against buying certain items from dollar stores, items like toys, beauty supplies, and electronics.
It may be a good idea to steer clear of the imitation fancy perfume courtesy of guy on the street corner for a price of $1. However, there are quite a few things you can get for $1 that are still a pretty decent buy.
1. A pack of pens or crayons
Yes, we can buy a pack of standard pens for about $1. We can also buy a 24-pack of crayons or a 10-pack of colored pencils for children. Other office supplies — highlighters, notebooks, and possibly even staples — are available at discount stores for a price of $1, as well.
About 50 years ago (in the 1960s), however, we could buy three gallons of gas or 20 world class postage stamps for the same price.