Baby Boomers: Do You Remember How Much These Everyday Items Used to Cost?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

Things have changed a lot since the generation of the Baby Boomers but we like to look back at it sometimes. Today, in our reflection, we want to take a look at how much certain everyday items cost back then. While things are still cheap today, back then, items cost mere cents. So we want to test your knowledge and see just how many items you can correctly price for us. Think of it as a quiz version of "The Price is Right." 

The everyday items we're going to give you really aren't that special. We're talking about apples, tomato soup, toothpaste, Palmolive soap, toilet paper and Tide powder. And all we're asking is for you to correctly guess how much they cost back then. We must warn you to not be too surprised at the prices because a few cents meant so much back then; toilet paper wasn't more than ten cents a roll!

So it's time to put on your thinking, or guessing, cap and tell us how much these everyday items cost back then. If you get even more than half of them correct, we'll be proud of you, so let's get started!

The most common being that of a chicken, eggs were sold for the price of 79 cents per dozen in 1956.

The most popular fruit produced in tropical climates, apples were made available to consumers at a price of 39 cents for every two pounds.

Cakes are a delicious but tedious snack to make. Luckily, ready-made cake mix could be bought for a mere 10 cents in 1957.

During the baby boomer era, potatoes could be purchased at 7 cents per pound.

A long-time staple in international cuisine, tomato juice from the famous brand, Hunts, was available to consumers for 15 cents.

Also known as the string bean due to the shape and growth style of its pod, green beans were available to Baby Boomers at a cost of 24 cents per pound.

A bulb used for flavoring, onions are infamous for causing eyes to tear up. A healthy vegetable, onions could be bought at 3 cents per pound during the 1950s.

A common component of daily meals, chicken cost even less during the 1950s. In 1950 New Hampshire, chicken was sold at 49 cents per pound.

One of the more expensive and richer brands of canned milk, one can of Carnation milk cost the Baby Boomer generation 14 cents.

The flagship meal of Thanksgiving Day, turkeys were sold at a cost of 49 cents per pound in 1950 New Hampshire.

Rumored to have marvelous health benefits for women, pineapples, a tropical fruit, were sold for 25 cents each.

A pricey item on restaurant menus, steak can be served rare, medium or cooked. During the Baby Boomer era, steak was sold at 55 cents per pound.

A sticky butter made from peanuts used commonly in sandwiches, a jar of peanut butter could be purchased for 29 cents.

A cut of meat along the dorsal side of a pig's rib cage, pork roast was made available to the Baby Boomer generation for 39 cents per pound.

A long-time manufacturer of baking products, the Pillsbury company was founded in the United States in 1872. Cinnamon rolls from Pillsbury were marketed at 23 cents in 1957.

The milky residue of pulped kernels of corn, creamed corn is commonly eaten in the southern United States. In the 1950s, three cans of creamed corn could be purchased for 38 cents.

A common household breakfast item, sliced bacon was purchased by Baby Boomers in the 1950s for 35 cents per pound.

A dark purple jelly, grape jelly is often combined with peanut butter in sandwiches. During the 1950s, grape jelly was sold for 19 cents.

A very green and leafy vegetable, lettuce is a common ingredient in garden salads. A bit tasteless when consumed on its own, lettuce was sold for 25 cents for two heads in 1952.

A soup made using mostly tomatoes, a can of Campbell's tomato soup was sold at a cost of 10 cents in 1957.

An imitation butter, margarine (trans fat) is used mainly for flavoring and baking. In 1952 Florida, margarine cost 19 cents per pound.

A bathroom essential in every household, toilet tissue, available from various brands, cost just 5 cents per roll in the 1950s.

Used for killing bacteria and maintaining oral hygiene, a tube of toothpaste was valued at 29 cents in 1959.

Introduced in 1934, Ritz crackers amassed great a popularity and cost 32 cents per box by the 1950s.

Made using ground beef, hamburgers are often deemed as an unhealthy food. In the 1950s, consumers could purchase hamburger meat for 30 cents per pound.

Cheese, a cuddled form of milk, is often sold in blocks or slices. In 1950, cheese slices from Kraft cost 29 cents per packet.

One of the more popular and affordable cheese types, American cheese during the 1950s cost only 45 cents per pound.

A salad dressing manufactured by the Kraft company, Miracle Whip, a popular household item, cost 55 cents per jar.

A sweet, soluble carbohydrate in the form of crystals, sugar, during the 1950s, cost 43 cents for five pounds.

Considered a healthier alternative to beef, lamb chops during the baby boomer era could be purchased at 49 cents per pound.

Largely constituted of flour, loaves of bread in the 1950s, despite being the same size as what is sold on the current market, cost consumers only 12 cents.

A popular manufacturer of dish-washing detergent, three bottles of Palmolive cost 21 cents in total.

Perhaps the most famous brand of baby food, Gerber baby food is known for its logo featuring the smiling face of a baby. In 1959, baby food from Gerber cost only 10 cents.

A fruit imported from the farms of tropical islands and countries, bananas were sold in the 1950s at a cost of 27 cents for two pounds.

Cabbage, a large, leafy vegetable available in white, purple and green was priced at only 6 cents per pound in 1950.

Often misconstrued as being poisonous, there exist several edible mushrooms. The fruiting body of fungi, mushrooms were sold for 49 cents per pound.

A combination of pie and chicken, frozen chicken pies were sold at 19 cents in 1957.

A product of Procter and Gamble, Tide laundry detergent has been around since 1946. Introduced during the Baby Boomer era, tide powder was priced at 67 cents for a giant pack.

Perhaps one of the best morning beverages, coffee cost only 7 cents per pound during what is known as the Baby Boomer era.

Produced from cocoa beans, chocolates are well-known stress relievers. This all-time favorite snack was sold for $1.86 during the 1950s.

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