R6 for a burger, chips and milkshake!? This is what certain items cost in the 90s compared to now

The cost of living has risen exponentially over the last couple of decades, which has seen many households fork out even more cash for some of the basic items like bread, butter and milk. Motorists are now also paying record prices for diesel and petrol, forcing belts to be tightened to keep head above water.

Many older folk will often speak about times when they could buy a bread and bottle of cooldrink for less than R1, and still have change left over. That is almost unthinkable in this day and age, where the price of everything has increased due to excessive inflation the country has experienced over the years. The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine also plays a significant part in the rise of products across the world.

Statistics South Africa said: “With much focus on the war in Ukraine and the impact that this might have on grain supply, price movements in the bread and cereals category will be closely watched in the near future.”

The lower income earners and unemployed are the worst affected by these increases. Households now prioritise value for money over quality to make everything last longer, all while also keeping the shopping bill within the confides of the monthly budget. Imagine if the clock could be turned back to when having a R100 in your pocket then, could be compared to being a millionaire.

These are some of the common household items you can buy today for R50 or less:

  • 750g Mayonnaise
  • 2kg Brown sugar
  • 400g tin of Pilchards or Vegetable curry
  • 2kg Parboiled rice
  • 3kg Potato bag
  • 2-litre Low fat milk bottle
  • 500g tub of butter

To earn that extra bit of cash every month, some people either start their own small business from home/after hours or do freelance activities on the side.

Gumtree, with the use of SA Inflation‘s web calculator, lists the price of common items back in the 90s compared to now:

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local automotive vehicle information close to home.

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