the cost of inflation

A friend just asked me to see a movie. I declined, not only because it was going to be a late night and I work tomorrow morning, but probably moreso because I don’t have the money for it. And I was going on the fact that I don’t have $10 to spend, but the reality of it is that movie tickets cost more than $10 these days. Depending on where you go and if they are 3D (but why?), they can be somewhere around $12-$15. I remember when the expensive movies cost $4 and the cheapies were a dollar.

It led me to the thought that I’ve been having so many times lately — I can’t believe how expensive everything has gotten. Candy bars are the most evident of these — they’re smaller and cost a dollar (sometimes a little more). I remember them being much bigger and costing about $.50. I’m just stuck at $.50 in my mind. That’s what a candy bar costs.

I can’t believe that cigarettes cost $10 a pack. I started smoking and they were two dollars and then five. I think I might have been done when they were about five. But again, that’s where they stay in my mind. Ten dollars? I don’t know how people smoke. Or drink. I go out with my co-workers sometimes and I’m shocked at how much their often simple drinks cost. How are people managing to drink anymore? I’d just have to constantly carry a flask. Hopefully, that won’t be an issue anymore.

I don’t really feel old a lot, but when I realize that there are these things that used to cost a certain price in my mind and now they are much more expensive, I just wonder what that means. I just see the time slipping away and wonder why I can’t let go of some of these things. Does my dad think about the time when gas was a dollar a gallon? Does he think about it frequently?

I just hope I can strive to live in the present, for what is gone is gone and is no more.

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3 thoughts on “the cost of inflation

  1. What it means is we are being taxed to death. Even the price of movie tickets are an indirect result of that.

  2. Bah. It’s not attributable to taxes (look up the average tax rates in 1982; if it was taxes then candy bars should have been $1 then and 50 cents now). It’s just the nature of inflation — things in 1982 didn’t cost the same as they did in 1952, either. Average salaries go up (except for minimum wage, it seems); my dad made a salary in 1981 that would be poverty level today. So it goes. I think it’s just as we get older, we remember what things cost when we were children (or young adults). *Sometimes* it’s because of regulations and taxes and unrest in certain parts of the world… and sometimes it’s (ostensibly) because of new technology (why an iPhone costs more than a $19 flip phone).

    That being said, check out AMC for movies. ALL of their films before noon are $6 (even in NYC). I rarely see a movie after noon anymore for this reason. Funny — I think a glitch actually makes 12:01am movies only $6, too. But they might have fixed that by now!

  3. Oh yeah I can remember buying a movie ticket back in 1970 and seeing an “amusement tax”. C’mon. Every study I have ever seen says the average American spends have their income on taxes, if you include everything like sales taxes, property taxes, license fees blah blah blah. The libs admit this, but say it should be more. Gas taxes are at 60 cents a gallon.

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