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What was life like back in 2024?

Lily Middleton
A photo-illustration of various packaged foods and beverages photographed on May 28.

The Daily Barometer of the past is here to provide you with a complementary view of life here in 2024.

How do we do that?

Considering that shopping is something that we do everyday in the past, it seems likely that people will shop in the future.

You can collect your prices in whatever year you are reading this, and compare them to ours. In 2024, it takes about 16.01 minutes of working time at the Oregon minimum wage to earn a gallon of milk.

Provided below is a list of common items and their prices in our time. Who knows what companies won’t be around when you, in the future, are reading this? Apple? Cisco?

Fred Meyer brand 2% Milk comes in at $3.59 per gallon, while one gallon Organic Valley Whole Milk costs $6.79.

Kroger’s packets of 18 eggs is $3.79 and their 12 count was $2.59. Eggland’s Best shows $5.79 on the cash register for 12 eggs for a comparison between brands.

At Fred Meyer, a 55” Smart TV will set you back $799.99, but you can get an even bigger 65” TCL Smart TV with Google TV for $379.99. For those opting for value over size, a 40” Vizio Smart TV is only $159.99.

Franz enriched premium white bread is $3.49 per loaf. Dave’s Killer Bread is $6.99 per loaf. 100% whole wheat Oroweat is $3.99 per loaf.

Textbooks have always felt overpriced. According to the Education Data Initiative, the average textbook was between $100 and $150 in 2023.

One pound of Kroger’s extra lean ground beef was $8.79 and an 8 oz Simple Truth Organic Grass fed Beef Sirloin was $11.49.

Tuition at Oregon State University in 2024-25 will be approximately $366 per credit, depending on the field of study.

In other facets of life, Netflix costs $6.99 per month for the cheap version with ads, $9.99 for the cheap Disney+ subscription, $5.99 for Paramount +, and ESPN+ is $10.99 per month.

The iPhone 15 is $829.99 for the standard model, and the Samsung Galaxy S24 starts at $799.99.

While there are many prices we could talk about here, the above seem to form a decent picture of the cost of life all the way back in 2024.

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