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I remember filling up my new 1997 Chevy S-10 4x4, paying with a 20, then buying lunch with the change.
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wow 6 gallons for less than $1. Yeah I remember all you needed was a $20. Now I pay about $60. Thankfully Costco has 91 gas that's cheaper than most places

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When I first got my license in 1972 I was able to buy gas for 29 cents a gallon . . . The oil embargo the next year in 1973 changed everything.
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Yeah, lots of cheap fuel around here in the mid 90's, 69 cents for regular was common as late as 1998 and even adjusted for today's value, that's only about $1.08 per gallon. The mid 80's was cheap compared to inflation too, and maybe the cheapest ever.

My Dad told me that when he bought his first car (a 35 Graham) in 1941 that gas in NO was 25 cents per gallon. Sounded good except that 25 cents in 1941 would be worth $4.36 today!

When I got my first car in 1978, it was 47 cents per gallon at the local station. Put $5 in and cruise all weekend!


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When I first got my license in 1972 I was able to buy gas for 29 cents a gallon . . . The oil embargo the next year in 1973 changed everything.
1971 I remember 23.9 per gal., then to McDonalds for 25 cheeseburgers and fries.

Crap, where did the time go, now I am 65 and 5 months away from retirement.

Enjoy your kids growing up, life flies by really fast.

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1971 I remember 23.9 per gal., then to McDonalds for 25 cheeseburgers and fries.

Crap, where did the time go, now I am 65 and 5 months away from retirement.

Enjoy your kids growing up, life flies by really fast.

I always like the McDonald's comparison better. In my days, it was $1 total. Hamburger, small fries, and small coke PLUS tax. IIRC total was $0.98 so $1 was exactly what I needed. Then quickly, it was $1.10, then the rest was a blur.

P.S. On a different note, I sometimes wondered why back then, that was enough. Today, it seems like a Double-Double+fries+all you can drink still leave me some room for more...Was the McDonald's hamburger "bigger" back then? Food seems to pack more punch back then..

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.55 / gallon in '78 in Northern CA. By '80 it was over $1

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Those were the days...(1939)
I started driving in 1958 and gas was .15 gal for union 76 100 octane and with the gas wars it was up and down and we also got green and blue chip stamps lol. Today for 91 octane i paid $4.11 gal.

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NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED.
Sure, gas was 30 cents or so per gallon when I started driving in '71, but then my part time job paid 1.15 per hour. Do some simple math and ya see that gas prices haven't changed much compared to the typical paycheck.

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Two huge items do indeed make a difference. My 392 consistently averages 20 mpg around town. Back in the 60's, this kind of horsepower netted something like 6-9 mpg. Add to that I don't have to wrench on my car every weekend. The Hemi has been bulletproof since the day I bought it (used) nearly two years ago.

NOW DO THE MATH:
...the good old days weren't so good after all.

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