What $1 Used to Get You vs. What It Buys You Today


In 1810, you could buy three gallons of whiskey for just a dollar. Today that will get you a shot from a bottle you bought yourself. Inflation sucks, right?

While you can get a snack or download an app for a buck, one dollar used to go a lot further — we’re talking 10 cans of soup, an ounce of silver, four pounds of sirloin steak and two pounds of coffee.  

Check out what 100 cents used to be worth and mourn how little a dollar gets you now.



One thought on “What $1 Used to Get You vs. What It Buys You Today

  1. That 1810 Dollar was a full days wages for unskilled labor!
    That price included the taxes that George Washington killed Americans to enforce.

    Todays wage for unskilled labor is about $100/day.
    Not counting 1/3rd lost to the so called income taxes.
    I am not considering either all the taxes along the production trail.
    I am not considering the special tax on liquor. I do not remember what that is.
    I have read that including all the hidden taxes it could amount to a total tax burden of more than 70% of wages.
    So, maybe whiskey was still a bargain in 1810.

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