Sprinklers, Slip ‘N Slides and sparklers are just some of the things that make summer fun. But would a barbecue cost more now than in the ’80s? Take this quiz to find out if your memory still sizzles! We looked at national average prices for various summer items from the Council for Community and Economic Research. The data were collected in the July-September quarters of 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010. All prices are adjusted for inflation and presented in 2010 dollars.
When factoring for inflation, the price of Coke has dropped from $2.08 per 2-liter bottle in 1980 to $1.42 in 2010.
A pound of ground beef cost an average of $3.98 in 1980 compared with $2.72 in 2010.
The national average price for T-bone steaks has increased from $6.60 per pound in 1980 to $9.22 per pound in 2010.
When factoring in inflation, the price of a single admission ticket at a local theater has averaged between $8 and $9 in 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010.
The price of a small pizza has dropped from $13.07 in 1990 to $9.97 in 2010.
Beer was priced at $9.08 for a six-pack in 2000, compared with the bargain price of $8.44 in 2010.
A three-ball can in 1990 cost $4.12 compared with $2.33 in 2010.
Fried chicken cost $1.45 per pound in 1990, compared with $1.15 in 2010.
Gasoline prices have been on the rise over the past few decades. A gallon of unleaded gas cost $2.68 in 2010, compared with an inflation-adjusted $1.77 in 1990.
The price for a 29-ounce can of peaches has held around $2 per can since 1990.