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Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

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Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

Groceries 'cheaper' now than in 1862, Grocer magazine finds
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The weekly basket of food, drink and household items priced at £93.95 now would have cost an 1862 shopper £1,254.17 in real terms.

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This week a pineapple cost an average of £1.72 but in 1862 it sold for 5s - estimated to cost £149 in real terms.

Well, that's made me feel a whole lot better about this week's food bill Cry Roll eyes

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Re: Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

Yay!... but wages seem to be going the opposite direction  Cry
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Re: Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

I don't think that
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Pineapple: 8,553% higher
Grapes 1kg: 7,419% higher
Melon: 5,972% higher

Formed part of the diets of your average working class pauper.
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Tea 250g: 2,713% higher
Butter 250g: 1,138% higher
Bread 800g: 451% higher
did (and tea is more expensive because we don't "own" India any more).
The BBC should read press releases a lot more critically.

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Re: Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

My first Sinclair basic calculator cost £29.99 when they came out. Now I can buy a fancy scientific one for virtually pennies.
I feel so much better off (not).
The way inflation/cost of living is measured is a crock.
When talking about inflation the BBC should stick to items closer to home like their licence fees.
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Re: Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

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However,
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Tea 250g: 2,713% higher
Butter 250g: 1,138% higher
Bread 800g: 451% higher
did (and tea is more expensive because we don't "own" India any more).
The BBC should read press releases a lot more critically.

The figures are showing that all foods quoted are cheaper today than in 1862, so tea is cheaper now than 1862. So 'owning' India made tea more expensive  Wink
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Re: Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

A lot of the difference will be down to efficiencies and reduced costs of distribution nowadays.
The basic initial production of tea is little changed, but the "downstream" would be almost unrecognisable.
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Re: Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

I assume fish are missing as that would throw a spanner in the works.
Especially Cod and Herring, what was once the "poor man's" food.
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Oysters
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jellied eels.

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Re: Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

Yes it's a very selective list.
All that's missing is "We've never had it so good" pinned to the the bottom.
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Re: Groceries 'cheaper' than 150 years ago

You can always go to Weatherspoons to drown your sorrows as they are selling beer at £1.29 a Pint which is the same price it was 20 years ago !