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‘Back In My Day’ Widget Shows How Prices Have Changed Over The Decades in the South East, From Houses to Groceries


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A new online tool has been launched to reveal how prices have changed over the years in different regions around the UK. Taking into account all kinds of expenses, from homes and cars through to grocery bills, the site is set to send nostalgia levels soaring as people take the chance to compare costs ‘back in my day’ with their parents or even grandparents. 

Groceries, houses, cars … it all cost a lot less for our parents and grandparents. Or did it? That’s the question being answered by a new tool showing the changing costs of living and comparing them to today once inflation is accounted for.

The website is the brainchild of the team at the British window and floor specialist, www.hillarys.co.uk. Called ‘Back in my Day’ (www.hillarys.co.uk/back-in-my-day/), the site offers visitors a chance to see just how much many day-to-day essentials cost in the years gone by, as well as what that equates to in today’s money. 

Helen Turnbull, spokesperson for www.hillarys.co.uk, said: “I’ve often reminisced about the times when penny sweets really cost a penny, while the older generation is forever wincing at the price of a meal out – let alone a mortgage. Thanks to this new tool, it’s now possible to easily see how costs today compare to back in my, my parent’s and my grandparent’s days.”

Users enter a year from the last century and a UK region, and then the costs of life for that time and place are revealed. For instance, if a user chooses the year 1945, in the South East, the site shows that a house cost just £620, while the average salary came in at £214. According to inflation, this translates to just £24,800 for the house, 88% cheaper than today’s average, and £8,551 for the salary, 69% less than we are paid now.





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