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Were we better off 30 years ago???
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kraigWY    Posted 01-16-2004 at 16:42:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think not:

I went to work at a new job 30 years ago. (Retire 10 years now).

My pay then was 10% of what I get now.
For inflation to keep up, at $.59 for gas I would have to pay $.5.90.
My rent es $185, should be $1850 but my mortage is $700.
Cigarettes were $.50, I should pay $5 now but I pay half of that.

I use to pay $50 every two weeks for food so the grocery store would cash my payroll check, that would $1000 per month now, no way even I could eat that much food.

I'm not rich, but I get buy.

You throw out the economics part and lets see what happens.

I don't work at nothing but play at a lot of things.
I am closer to my God and family then I was 30 years ago.
I have a whole lot more friends.

Shoot I'm a billionire.

Red Dave    Posted 01-17-2004 at 06:20:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
NO! 30 years ago I was broke and without a full-time job. Don't want to go back to that!

Of course, I would love to give back about 40 lbs though ;)

Willy-N YES!    Posted 01-16-2004 at 18:07:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Body was sure better off 30 years ago! Guess that does not count. Mark H.

Les    Posted 01-16-2004 at 17:14:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same with me as with you. Thirty years ago, I had just started working in the woods. I think I made $1.86/hour to start, although we did get bonus for production. I make more than 10x that today, plus all the other things you mentioned.
I'd like to think I'm a lot wiser, too. Not smarter, maybe, but wiser.

deadcarp    Posted 01-16-2004 at 17:55:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
when applying for my first real job (boeing seattle 1960, i wrote $1/hr as "minimum wage expected" - they hired me at like 2.12! jeez i thought they were silly then and have on nearly every job since. they coulda had me lots cheaper if they'd wanted to :)

here's a handy gadget ------- it claims that prices ase 10 times higher than in 1946

Seamist    Posted 01-17-2004 at 08:29:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looking at the inflation calcular this morning,just didn't lift my spirits much, but I will have a great day any how.

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