Alright, so I’m not “old” so much as really feeling my age beginning to show. The feeling sticks out like a sore thumb when I look at the price of things, especially when they are on sale.
My first offender is cases of pop. When I see 3 cases of 12 on for $11 I remember when you could get 24 cans for $4 and the grey hairs begin to grow. I remember when you could buy a can of Becker’s pop for 15 cents. Remember Becker’s Milk?
I shudder when I purchase popcorn at the movies; “That combo is meant to be a discount?” Likely my wallet is already aching in pain after extracting the wad required just to get admission.
Even garage sale prices baffle me these days. 15 years ago if it was tagged for more than $1 I would haggle because “really? $1 at a garage sale?”. This year I have seen video game consoles and games for only $5 off their regular price sitting on a table next to a variety of kitchen ware and overpriced McDonald’s Happy Meal toys. Hit up eBay or Kijiji and prepare to be shocked at what people expect for USED junk.
In the 1980’s, stamps were in the 30 cent range. As there was no Internet (“what do you mean “no internet”?) I can imagine business was booming at that rate.
A loaf of bread? 80 cents, regular price.
Heinz Ketchup? Under a buck, regular price.
And don’t get me started on gasoline.
Even getting Santa Oreo Cookies is going to cost me over $4 this year, if they aren’t on sale.
What deals strike you now as “Really? That’s a discount? I remember when…”.
Now get off my lawn.