Saturday, April 11, 2009

How much $$ did we pay in 1965

As I was going through my journals I found some spreadsheets I kept in 1965 of our expenses. We had a 2 bedroom house and were paying $55.20 a month! By 1967 the mortgage payment "soared" to $59.45 and I worried how we were going to be able to afford it. This was just at the time I was learning about the laws of prosperity using the book, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder. At that time I didn't even have the money to buy the book so my aunt sent me a birthday check and that was how I got it.

Here are some of the prices we paid for our monthly expenses back then. I hope you all will enjoy this and be amazed.

Phone: $6.35 in 1966 it jumped to $12.00.
Electric: $7.95
Food: $65.00 give or take a few dollars - monthly.
Car insurance for the whole year was $146.00
Sears account: $8
Trash pickup: $5.25
Dental to have teeth cleaned: $5
Doctor visit: $5.00
Glasses frames: $12.00
Income tax $14.07
School supplies: $25.00
Readers Digest subscription: $2.99
McCalls subscription: $1.98


Our total expenses for 1965 was $2,314.86

I found this from http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1965.html

Cost of Living 1965
How Much things cost in 1965
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.59%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 5.0%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 969
Average Cost of new house $13,600.00
Average Income per year $6,450.00
Gas per Gallon 31 cents
Average Cost of a new car $2,650.00
Loaf of bread 21 cents
Average Rent per month $118,00

Here is a little slide show about what was popular in 1965.



Hope you all enjoy the trip back on memory lane. Some of you may not even have been born then.

2 comments:

Lorielle said...

Oh what a neat idea! I love it! I was born... but I was only 4 years old and not too worried about the cost of living. :) Thanks for sharing, Jean!

Jean Maurie (angelsloveyou) said...

Glad you like this Lorielle, I hope to do more like this in the future, gosh I could even do a blog about my bowling scores in 1959. ROF