DAILY DIRT: Was the decade of the ’90s THAT long ago?


Daily Dirt for Wednesday, July 10, 2024

What I’ll always remember most from the ’90s is getting acquainted with Quincy and eventually moving to the Gem City … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 1,001 of The Daily Dirt.

1. At this point in time, the 1990s seem like such a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, especially when it comes to anything related to bills and/or your wallet.

See if you agree. Here’s a sampling of what we paid not that long ago:

  • Minimum wage was $4.25 an hour early in the 1990s, increasing to $5.15 closer to 2000.
  • Average cost of a new car was $15,000.
  • Average annual income was $23,750.
  • A six-pack of Coca Cola was $1.
  • Gas was $1.15 a gallon.
  • A loaf of bread was $1.
  • A 27-inch color TV was $750.
  • A postage stamp was 30 cents.
  • Coffee was $2.50 a pound.
  • Groceries for a family four were about $300 — for a month.
  • Average monthly rent was $400 for a one-bedroom apartment.
  • A movie ticket was $4.25.
  • Utility bills, including electric and water, averaged about $100 a month. The average phone bill was around $20 a month.
  • Average cost of a home was $130,000
  • Cable TV averaged between $20 to $40 a month.
  • Milk was $2.50 a gallon.
  • Annual tuition averaged about $4,000 a year at a public college.
  • A wedding cost an average of $15,000.

2. Did you know (Part 61)

  • That in the 1950s $100 could buy you a new black and white TV or 370 gallons of gas.
  • That in the 1960s $100 could buy you a new stereo system and 322 gallons of gas.
  • That in the 1970s $100 could buy you 15 vinyl albums or 185 gallons of gas.
  • That in the 1980s $100 could buy you a Sony Walkman and 84 gallons of gas.
  • That in the 1990s $100 could buy you a Super Nintendo system or a pair of Air Jordans. 

3. Speaking of the 1990s, here are some other memories from the 1990s not tied to your purse strings:

  • Picking out movies at Blockbuster
  • Slap bracelets
  • Starter jackets
  • Discman
  • Gameboy (hand-held system) 
  • “Rugrats”
  • Crystal Pepsi
  • Surge
  • Beanie Babies
  • Watching “Friends” on Thursday nights
  • Dunkaroos

Steve Thought O’ The Day — For the record, I had a Charlotte Hornets Starter jacket.

Steve Eighiner writes daily for Muddy River News. He also wore Garanimals.

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