^Lol to "secret" help from Watson. He was a good guy and probably would have done so. There are some books where the treasury has over $20 in it. It just seems like someone would need something every week or there'd be some expense. I never "got" how they saved up that much money.
Even with 1980's prices I don't see how they could afford pizza parties without cleaning out the treasury. Ann didn't think about that stuff when she wrote the books, I guess. She seemed quite stuck in her own era of growing up when it came to how much things cost.
I remember my mom telling me that when she first married my dad, she'd spend about $10 a week on groceries for the two of them. That was in 1968.
"Usually, I think my parents are dorks, but every now and then they come through." --Claudia Kishi
Post by wenonah4th on Apr 21, 2011 14:55:20 GMT -5
Somewhere online there are sites that convert money over time (what did $10 buy in 1968? What would this thing cost now?). In the 70s inflation hit BIG time. I know my parents' wedding invitations (1974) had postage of 8 cents; by the time I was old enough to know what postage was, it was around 25 c., and of course now it's 44c. 37 years, increase by more than 5 fold....That $10 for groceries in 1968 is probably easily like $55 or $60 today.
^That's cool. I've seen cards and also DVD's at various stores for every birthday year. They tell you the "news" back then but also the cost of random things such as bread and the movies. Maybe we should look up the mid 60's to see if that's where Ann got her figures.
In Kristy's Great Idea, the club dues is still $0.50/week, and Kristy says they used their whole first week's dues to pay for the ad in the Stoneybrook News. The BLS says $2 in 1986 will buy $4.08 in 2011 and I don't know if you could buy a single letter in any newspaper for $4.08 now. But $2 in 1967, when AMM was 12, would still only buy $13.68 now.
Money starts to make a little more sense by the time Stacey returns to Stoneybrook (#28 was published in 1989). Dues is $1/week by then and $7 then buys $12.62 now.