HS Senior Year Memories

In my post ‘The ball is rolling’, I wrote the following –

As you know, several garage sales took place last year and additional ones are on the calendar for March.  With downsizing from a 3,800 sq. ft. home to a smaller one comes downsizing furniture and possessions.

In today’s post I write the following –

Part of the downsizing taking place is opening boxes in our upstairs storage and going through possessions of long ago.  Some of these possessions I have not viewed in many, many years.  Some items will need to be discarded, as they hold no value as a keepsake.  Other items will be kept a little longer until another day arrives that I will need to find a home for them, whether that be giving to my sons or the trash.  I realize it is difficult to just throw items and memories of long ago away, but not everything can be kept forever.

One item I came across was a book titled ‘memories’, I received specially for my high school senior year to record ideas, impressions, opinions, thoughts and comments.  This book includes personal data; including my senior picture, high school data, senior class data, class schedule, faculty information, clubs – activities – organizations; you get the idea.


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I graduated high school in 1979 at the age of 19.  I married my high school sweetheart at age 18, therefore I was married my senior year of high school.

One of the pages in this ‘memories’ book is titled ‘prices today’; I thought I would share with you the prices of some items back in 1979.



Food items –

Hamburger: $0.89, Coke: $0.50, Shake: $0.60, French Fries: $0.45 – back in 1979, we did not have all the different ‘meals’ like most fast food restaurants today – most food items were bought separately.

Pizza: $5.00 – I guess you can still get a $5.00 pizza today, but back in 1979 our pizza was larger and included more than 1 topping for this price.

Printed items –

Tapes: $12.00 – this would be 8-Track, you younger folks may need to Google this.

Magazines: $1.00 – I have no idea the prices of magazines these days.

Books: $1.95 – this would be hardback books.

Clothing items –

Jeans: $22.00, Shirts: $15.00, Sweaters: $30.00, Jackets: $40.00, Shoes: $25.00 – either these items never change in price or I was buying expensive clothes back then.

Other items –

Sporting Events: $2.50 – I doubt this was a national sport team event.

Car: $8,000.00 – I would guess I paid this amount for my Ford truck that I had at the time.

Cigarettes: $0.75 – a pack before they were considered bad for you and the government decided to tax like crazy on these.


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Interesting how some prices are very cheap compared to today and others seem about the same.

In the future I will post about fads & fashions, top entertainment, events of those years, and a few other odds & ends.



38 thoughts on “HS Senior Year Memories

  1. It is enormously fascinating to compare prices – those that have dropped and those that have risen. I spend my life trying to work out the comparison between an item here and in England and in France. I end up buying nothing because I get so confused – this means I am now getting so thin I could fit into my 1979 Levis with no problem at all!

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  2. Just FYI, a magazine goes for between $4 and $7 these days…I only know because I’m a crossword/word puzzle fanatic and I spend too much on those sort of magazines.

    My 1978 Chevy Nova went for $8,000, and the PT Cruiser I drive today was $4500….Um. Depends on how well you shop and what you want I guess. The PT was used, but actually had less miles on it than my Nova. And I OWN my PT, my Nova was repossessed when I couldn’t make the payments and keep up the insurance (my ‘salary’ (hourly wage for me) was $2.85/hr). I thought that was SWEET…. Yeah. Uh, another thing about this reminiscence is that as one looks back, one might be glad one grew up….

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    • At that time I was also most likely making the same per hour – that is certainly one thing to take into consideration – prices go up as well as wages, except the wages are a little slower. Thanks, hope your day is going well for you! 🙂


  3. Great post and so interesting 🙂 . I remember coming across a little book my mom had kept, with the costs of certain things, holiday trips and so on…a brief comparison to today’s costs, was frightening …But things have changed, and then, things were considered expensive due to cost of living then, so….all just fascinating 🙂

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  4. After my mom passed we went through all her journals….way back in the early 60’s….they stayed at a KOA campground for under $2…today easy $50 a night…love to compare prices…great post thanks for sharing….kat

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