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The cost of summer fun through the years

Prices from yesteryear always seem like they're much lower than what we pay today: monthlong cruises for a couple hundred dollars and luxury hotel rooms for less than $20. But low prices aren't always so economical when you adjust them for inflation. Here's a look at the cost of four summertime favorites, then and now.

The cost of summer fun through the years | ketchup: © adirekjob/Shutterstock.com, polka dots: © Aksenova Tatiana/Shutterstock.com, small hamburger: © Alexandr/Shutterstock.com, Pastel sky background: © Anelina/Shutterstock.com, Lawnmower: © anton_novik/Shutterstock.com, Kids throwing baseball: © ChromaCo/Shutterstock.com, Push lawnmower: © Dennis Jacobsen/Shutterstock.com, Flames: © Doczky/Shutterstock.com, Astroturf: © Dogholiday/Shutterstock.com, Baseball bat & glove: © George Dolgikh/Shutterstock.com, Baseball plate: © Iasha/Shutterstock.com, Spoon: © Kawia Scharle/Shutterstock.com, Sprinkles: © Kim Reinick/Shutterstock.com, Vanilla Ice cream cup: © M. Unal Ozmen/Shutterstock.com, Chcoclate Ice cream cup: © M. Unal Ozmen/Shutterstock.com, Vector icecream: © Monkik/Shutterstock.com, BBQ family: © Robert F. Balazik/Shutterstock.com, Picnic table bg: © slava17/Shutterstock.com, Hamburger flag toothpick: © sonia/Shutterstock.com, Big Hamburger: © stockcreations/Shutterstock.com, Grill: © tereez/Shutterstock.com, Vector baseball bat: © Yuliyan Velchev/Shutterstock.com

*The Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator covers 1913 through the present. These pre-1913 prices were adjusted for inflation using different government data that include 1800 through 2013. Check out the inflation calculator.

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