In our conversation, she told me she had gone to Dollar General on Friday, without her walker, and by leaning on the cart she was able to buy things she needed in the retirement center. She had first intended to take only $20 but then decided if she took $40 she would get back change to have for unexpected little things. With her items in the cart, she went to the check-out, and after things were scanned, the bill came to $39 plus; she got back forty five cents in change. This worried her a great deal, wondering what she would have done, had the bill gone over the amount she took with her, for you see, she hasn't been out much in the past few years, and doesn't realize just how much prices have gone up.
I'm afraid I'd be in the same position since the farmer does the grocery shopping here. The following ads, from a paper published in the 1970s, tell us just how much times have changed:
See anything on there that you buy? If so, compare the prices, now and then. Some things that I took notice of were the prices of bananas, toilet tissue, shortening, potato chips...WOW!! But, there is another thing we have to take into consideration: wages were much less in the 70s too.