1930s: Would You Like Some Sugar With Your Coffee or Tea?
In the 1900s a cup of sugar cost about 6 cents, and there are approximately 10 cups of sugar in a five-pound bag, which means that bag of sugar would have cost our time traveling shopper about 60 cents.
Let's fast forward to the year 1930, where we discover that the same five-pound bag of sugar has dropped in price to just 25 cents. Isn't it good to know that in a world where it seems like all the prices do is soar, soar, soar, there have been some price decreases to offset the increases?
Our 1930s shopper could have brought home four bags of sugar, which would have made lots of cookies, cakes, candies and other tasty delights. In addition to the sugar, here's some other items that could have been in the shopping cart that would have been delicious ingredients to have on hand for breakfast.
- Three pounds butter = $1.11
- Four dozen eggs = $1.08
- Twenty grapefruit = $1.00
- Four pounds Sunnyfield sliced bacon = $1.00
However, let's take another time leap and look at the price of sugar today. If you buy it online from Wal-Mart's website, that bag of sugar costs around $3.08 plus shipping.