It’s hard not to think of the world as a cheaper place a generation or two ago. In the early 1900s, for example, Americans could book monthlong cruises for a couple of hundred dollars and luxury hotel rooms for less than $20. Of course, those old sticker prices don’t account for inflation. That’s where things get complicated. The past was, indeed, cheaper for some things, but in other cases it was much more expensive.
Here’s a look at the cost of four summertime favorites, then and now. Retail prices for 2015 come from a sample of online offers and are not meant to be used as a national average.
*Adjusted for inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator covers 1913 through the present. These prices were adjusted for inflation using different government data that include 1800 through 2015. That calculator can be found here.
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