(cross-post from my other blog, Nonprofit Update.)
Mark J. Perry at Carpe Diem often uses a delightful formula that consistently makes me thrilled to be alive today.
General formula is this: You could have bought item X in whatever year. For the same amount of inflation adjusted dollars or same hours of labor, today you could buy X, plus Y and Z, along with A, B, C, D and E.
His post yesterday, The Magic and Miracle of the Marketplace: Christmas 1964 vs. 2011 – There’s No Comparison, has cool pictures from the 1964 Sears Christmas Catalog.
One of those really cool, great big, color TV consoles that takes up an entire wall could be had for $750 back then. Adjusted for inflation, that would cost you $5,300 in 2010. What could you buy today for inflation adjusted $5,500 today? His shopping list: Read more…