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1980s Cost Of Food

Below and how much food and groceries cost in the 80's

These Prices were all taken from newspaper adds around the country

Fresh Meat and Vegetables

  • 2% milk $1.59 a gallon
    Iowa 1987
  • Apple Juice 99 cents per gallon
    New Jersey 1986
  • Apples 39 cents a pound
    Wyoming 1986
  • Bacon $1.69 cents per pound
    New Jersey 1986
  • Blue Bonnet Margarine 50 cents per pound
    Pennsylvania 1981
  • Bratwurst $1.69 per pound
    Iowa 1987
  • Bread Sliced 55 cents
    New Jersey 1986
  • Broccoli 39 cents per pound
    Wyoming 1986
  • Corn $1.18 for 12
    Pennsylvania 1981
  • Flour 99 cents for 5 pounds
    Pennsylvania 1981
  • White Sliced bread 50 cents
    Pennsylvania 1981
  • Grapefruit 33 cents
    New York 1988
  • Ground Beef $1.39 per pound
    New York 1980
  • Kiwi fruit 99 cents per pound
    New Jersey 1986
  • Leg O Lamb $2.19 per pound
    Wyoming 1986
  • Navel Oranges $1.39 for 10
    New York 1980
  • Pineapples $1.69 each
    New Jersey 1986
  • Plums 39 cents per pound
    Pennsylvania 1981
  • Pork Chops $2.49 per pound
    New York 1988
  • Pork Loin $1.39 per pound
    New York 1988
  • Pot Roast $1.49 per pound
    Wyoming 1986
  • Potatoes $1.00 for 5 pounds
    Wyoming 1986
  • Rib Eye Steak $3.89 per pound
    Iowa 1987
  • Tomatoes 39 cents per pound
    New York 1980
  • Turkey 55 cents per pound
    New York 1980

    Other

    • Kraft Singles Cheese $1.47 for 12
      Pennsylvania 1981
    • Strawberry Jam $1.39
      Pennsylvania 1981
    • Tuna, Star Kist 99 cents per bag
      New Jersey 1986
    • Cheese Puffs 89 cents a bag
      Kentucky 1986
    • Ham and Cheese Pizza $2.49
      New York 1988
    • Heinz Ketchup 99 cents
      Pennsylvania 1981
    • Ivory Dish Soap 79 cents
      New York 1980
    • Miracle Whip $1.27
      Pennsylvania 1981
    • Peanut butter, Skippy $1.49 jar
      New Jersey 1986
    • Pork and Beans 40 cents
      Iowa 1987
    • Ritz Crackers $1.59
      Wyoming 1986