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Apparently that was one of the first things my eldest sister learned to say - she will be 73 in May. It seems some things never change -I have acquired a pile of 50's home and parenting magazines, and one article is discussing the 'present high cost of living'. According to this, middle incomes were approx 500-800 per annum, with housekeeping for a family of 4 around 5 a week, and for two people around 3-4 a week.

I quote ' There is no doubt that housekeeping on a moderate income these days is a struggle'

Also 'Green-grocery prices are madly fluctuating and a national scandal'.

Posted at 1st Mar 2012 - 09:00PM   Posted by Faith   Costa Living Comments: 4

Lily's Avatar Interesting, I remember flatmate + I housekeeping on 4.00 per week back in the dark ages. It was a bit tight at times, we once made fish curry with no fish and very little curry.

I think it's the uncertainty of finances and jobs that is so scary now- actually quite glad I'm not so young any more!

Posted by: Lily on 1st Mar 2012 at 10:50PM

Fennie's Avatar If we had ham we used to have ham 'n' eggs. If we had eggs.

Yes, I can remember when you could do a supermarket shop, fill a trolley and get change from a fiver - 1958 perhaps?

Posted by: Fennie on 2nd Mar 2012 at 09:32AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I remember Jim going shopping for food with 2.00 in his back pocket. He lost it en route. A calamity! About 1960.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 2nd Mar 2012 at 10:18AM

CalicoKate's Avatar I guess it is like fashion - nothing is new and it all comes round again.
But it is fascinating, I'd love to read some of those mags.

Posted by: CalicoKate on 3rd Mar 2012 at 09:50AM

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