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May 30th, 2000

Cost of Living Survey

Here we go: a quick, unscientific survey of how much some things cost where you live. Just for curiosity’s sake. I’ll go first, for obvious reasons :)

Gallon of 87 octane gas: $1.95
Movie ticket: $7.75
Gallon of milk: $2.99
Sunday paper: $1.50
Current trendy coffee: $3.50
Parking downtown, 3 hours: $19.00

Actually, Walgreens was running a sale on milk last week: a gallon of milk was 30 cents less than a gallon of gas! -pm

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday May 30, 2000 -- 1:56:57AM
In glorious Sprinfield, VA...

Gallon of 87 octane gas: about $1.59
Movie ticket: $7.75-8.50...I am never seeing a flick at the S'field Mall again!
Gallon of milk: no clue
Sunday paper: $1.50, I guess
Current trendy coffee: I don't get it enough to have any idea. I like mocha. MMMM, tasty.
Parking downtown, 3 hours: I only park in front of my parent's house.
Cost of an hour of my time: pretty cheap...get it while you can.






FROM: Tony
DATE: Tuesday May 30, 2000 -- 6:27:14AM
In sunny Englewood,Fl

Gallon of 87 octane gas: $1.47
Movie ticket : $5.00 - Port Charlotte Town Center 16.
Gallon Of Milk: $1.30
Sunday Paper: $.50 -Englewood Sun Hearld.
Current Tredy Coffee: $.99
Parking, Downtown, 3hrs : free.

Driving in FL is fun....we havent got parking meters yet....although we have ver rude cops.



FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Tuesday May 30, 2000 -- 9:05:12AM
In Cleveland, OH....

Gallon of 87 octane gas: $1.56
Movie ticket: $7.50
Gallon of milk: haven't been grocery shopping in awhile!
Sunday paper: $1.50 I think
Current trendy coffee: don't drink the stuff
Parking downtown, 3hrs: about $6

-Old Fezz
www.oldfezziwig.com



FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday May 30, 2000 -- 10:16:43AM
Wow... I haven't paid $1.47-$1.59 for gas in about a month. (Ours literally jumped 40 cents in the course of two days!)



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 30, 2000 -- 10:43:35AM
... patiently waiting for the Priceline gas card to arrive...

One interesting thing to note: 87 octane gas at Racetrac in Fredericksburg, VA this past weekend was -- get this -- $1.28.

In Leesburg, VA:
Gallon of 87 octane gas: $1.51
Movie ticket: $7.75, I think (I only go to matinees on Sundays, which are between $4 and $5)
Gallon of milk: Not sure -- 1/2 gallon is $1.49
Sunday paper: $1.50, I believe.
Current trendy coffee: Don't know. I'm a tea drinker. :)
Parking downtown, 3 hours: Downtown Leesburg? Up to 2 hours is Free in the parking garage. After that, I believe it's only a buck or two an hour.



FROM: Aaron
DATE: Tuesday May 30, 2000 -- 4:40:11PM
San Francisco:

Gallon of 87 octane gas: $1.89-$2.09
Movie ticket: $8.00-$9.00
Galon of milk: ?
Sunday paper: ?
Current trendy coffee: ?
Parking downtown, 3 hours: seems to vary a lot, I've seen early bird rates at $10, but I see $15 a lot. The worst I've paid is $15/hour.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday June 1, 2000 -- 4:56:34PM
Say, Ryan, let us know how that Priceline card works once you have it. I found out by luck that with my CapitalOne card, I automatically get 10% off on all gas purchases - a nifty feature, which helps immensely.

MSNBC was running a report on the gas prices this morning, and the national average is $1.58 - though in Chicago proper, it's $2.12. I paid $1.94 the other day. grrr.



FROM: liz
DATE: Monday June 5, 2000 -- 2:16:16PM
in albuquerque:
gas: 1.42
movie ticket: 7.50 (at bigger theatres)
gallon of milk: no clue
sunday paper: 1.50, i think, but i just read it online for free
coffee: around 3 bucks, at least where i work
parking downtown: 3.00 a day, unless you can get into a free lot. usually i'll pay a meter and not go back all day.



FROM: cindy
DATE: Sunday April 15, 2001 -- 7:00:56AM
from southwestern ontario can.very interesting. gas? last time i looked $.78. A LITRE.movies?approx.$10.00 (tuesday's cheap night $5.00)milk? i paid $2.80 for 2 litres last weeksunday paper? about $1,50coffee? $1.00(each cup)parking? no meters in town. (pop. 3600)



FROM: lula jackson
DATE: Monday December 15, 2003 -- 7:08:27 pm



FROM: Ann
DATE: Wednesday April 28, 2004 -- 1:52:33 pm
Hey there in Center, tx

Gas 1.74 gallon
milk 3.59(the cheap brand)
movie ticket 4.50 tuesday 3.00
parking well we don't really have any where to go to to park at... the paper comes free every few weeks

pop 8000



FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday April 28, 2004 -- 1:56:30 pm
You know, it might be fun to bring this Ping back to life. My original answers (in italics) are from Chicago in 2000; here they are with the current situation in Denver.

Gallon of 87 octane gas: $1.95
Gallon of 87 octane gas: $1.93 (hmmm....)

Movie ticket: $7.75
Movie ticket: $9.00

Gallon of milk: $2.99
Gallon of milk: $2.99 - $3.29

Sunday paper: $1.50
Sunday paper: $1.00 (yes!)

Current trendy coffee: $3.50
Current trendy coffee: $3.50 - $4.00

Parking downtown, 3 hours: $19.00
Parking downtown, 3 hours: $5.00 - $12.00 (hah!)

Funny how similar things are.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 29, 2004 -- 5:53:29 pm
Good call, Paul. Here is Wilmington, Delaware:

Gallon of 87 Gas: $1.77

Movie Ticket: $8.25

Gallon of Milk: $3.39

Sunday Paper: $1.50

Trendy Coffee: Don't drink coffee. Average price for a 32oz Diet Coke: $1.40

Parking Downtown, 3 Hours: $12.00 (last time I checked..I drive all day, but don't park except when it's time to go home.)



FROM: Chantel
DATE: Friday September 3, 2004 -- 12:52:30 pm
Thanks guys! I'm making the polls page for my yearbook. I needed to find the price of things, and this is the only place I've found! Thanks so much! Remember to update next year!



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday September 3, 2004 -- 1:38:49 pm
Hartford, CT

Gallon of 87 octane gas: $1.93-$2.01
Movie ticket: $8.50-$10 (but I get mine for $4.50 each from connections123.com + $60 yearly fee, which I definitely make up for going to the movies once a week)

Gallon of milk: $3.85-$4.25 at the grocery store (but I get the same brand, same date, for $2.49 at the gas station--why is it that milk is always so cheap at almost any gas station?)

Sunday paper: $2 at the stand, $1 home delivery (I don't buy it)

Current trendy coffee: $6 at StarBUCKS (I make my own at home)

Parking downtown, 3 hours: $6.00-$24, take your pick. My job has its own free lot.






Ryan September 19, 2006, 5:18 pm

Guys, from a small little town in Malaysia, i’ll give the estimates in USD
1 litre of 91 octane gas: $.70
Movie ticket: $2.10
Litre of milk: $0.90
Sunday paper: $0.20
Current trendy coffee: $2.00
Parking downtown, 3 hours: $1.00

aspenchica May 9, 2007, 1:08 am

Basalt, Co
Gas-$3.65
Movie Ticket-$9.00
Sunday Paper $1.50
Trendy Coffee $3.50
Parking Downtown- $8.00 All day

Cost of milk $3.50

Mike April 19, 2008, 3:56 pm

Saint Charles Missouri,

Barrel of Oil 116.97 = 4.00 per gallon
Gallon of Milk close to 4.25
Loaf of Bread 3.25

Andrew January 30, 2010, 2:15 am

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Price of a gallon of gasoline $2.59,
Price of a dozen eggs $1.78,
Price for a can of tuna $1.19,
1 lb of catfish $5.99,
1 lb of tilapia $4.99,
Bananas $.69/lb,
Price of a loaf of whole wheat bread $1.50,
5 dollar foot long at subway $5.45, (9% tax)

having the longest list of prices on a blog few people will ever read – Priceless.

Paul May 31, 2010, 4:13 pm

Oh, why not comment to This Old Ping? I’m bringing the values from the original Ping here for comparison. Enjoy!

Gallon of 87 octane gas: $2.86 (was $1.95 in 2000)
Movie ticket: $10.00-$12.00 ($7.75)
Gallon of milk: $3.29 ($2.99)
Sunday paper: $1.75 ($1.50)
Current trendy coffee: $5.00 ($3.50)
Parking downtown, 3 hours: $25.00-$28.00 ($19.00)

The parking and milk ones are based on memory; I don’t park downtown, and I drink organic milk which is obviously more expensive.

andre April 11, 2012, 4:47 pm

gas in philly: $3.86 a gallon, pretty expensive, $1.00 a gallon or whatever currency a liter is fair, but anything other than 1:1 no matter how you look at it, is too much

Paul April 12, 2012, 9:23 am

And oh, why not comment to This Old Ping again?

Gallon of 87 octane gas: $4.29 (was $2.86 in 2010, $1.95 in 2000)
Movie ticket: $15 (was $10-$12 in 2010, $7.75 in 2000)
Gallon of milk: $3.99 (was $3.29 in 2010, $2.99 in 2000)
Sunday paper: $2.00 (was $1.75 in 2010, $1.50 in 2000)
Current trendy coffee: $5.50 (was $5.00 in 2010, $3.50 in 2000)
Parking downtown, 3 hours: $25.00-$35.00 (was $25-$28 in 2010, $19 in 2010)

Same caveats apply as before. I don’t park downtown very often. Organic milk is easily $5/gallon or better (it’s a whopping $8/gallon at Jewel).

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