Sioux Falls 1968: Here’s The Things You Could Buy For A Buck
Give your teenager a one-dollar bill and tell him to go out and have fun with his friends. And just see what kind of a look you'll get.
Tis true, a buck doesn't go as far as it used to.
But there was a day a dollar meant something. Heck, you could stop here and there in Sioux Falls and walk out with any number of things. That one-dollar bill could even get you to Sioux Falls to spend that other dollar scrunched up in your blue jeans pocket.
It's 1968 in Sioux Falls and your dad (or maybe granddad) pulls up to the pump in that eleven-year-old used 1957 Chevy he's drivin' (and wishin' he still had). Now, while you can only get a spit of gas these days for your dollar, he's pumping in 3 gallons, thank you very much. That'll get him through the night...and the weekend.
Or if he has some Christmas cards to send, he'll stop by the Post Office and pick up stamps...and I mean 20 of them. That should take care of friends and family.
But instead of that, he might be hungry. That's OK, just pull into his favorite hamburger joint and get a hamburger.
And a Coke.
And he'll get change back to boot.
However, it may not be all fun and games for papa back in the day. His mom sent him to the store with a buck to get milk (95 cents a gallon) or a dozen eggs (53 cents) or maybe a pound of sirloin steak for supper (85 cents). And if she slipped you an extra dollar, go ahead and get a Pepsi...a six-pack of Pepsi for 59 cents.
Our friends at Dummies.com have a whole list of other things your parents could score for a single dollar. And if realizing all the things they could buy for a buck gives you a headache, well, too bad you don't live in Sioux Falls back in 1968. You could get 100 aspirin for...yes, a dollar.
FLASHBACK SIOUX FALLS:
- Watch This 1968 TV News Report about a Sioux Falls’ Elementary School
- Watch: Take a Drive Through Downtown Sioux Falls of the 1950s
- The Coldest Temperatures in Sioux Falls History
- Found on YouTube – ‘Captain 11′ from July 2, 1986
Check Out This 1962 Listing of Sioux Falls Bars and Restaurants - Do You Remember Any?