Here’s the average cost of a date the year you were born

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In a day and age when you can stream a movie on Netflix without getting off of the couch, it can be tempting for couples to simply stay home instead of spending the money on a date outside. Especially today, when movie tickets have gone up dramatically in price, the classic “dinner and a movie” date can put a dent in your wallet.

But this has not always been the case. In fact, for most of the last century, going to a movie cost less than a dollar. MooseRoots calculated how much it would have cost to purchase dinner and a movie for two in each year since 1940.

The genealogy site used Zagat’s 2016 estimate for the national average price for one person to buy dinner and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index (CPI) for dinner prices before today. They also used data from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to find the average price of a movie ticket since 1940.

They included the absolute prices of a date in each year, as well as adjusted prices to reflect inflation.

2016

 

Absolute Price (what you pay today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.60
Price of two movie tickets: $17.40
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $90.00

2015

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $72.16
Price of two movie tickets: $16.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.02

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.16
Price of two movie tickets: $16.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.02

2014

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $70.86
Price of two movie tickets: $16.34
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.20

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.01
Price of two movie tickets: $16.60
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.61

2013

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $69.20
Price of two movie tickets: $16.26
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.46

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.35
Price of two movie tickets: $16.76
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.11

2012

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $68.24
Price of two movie tickets: $15.92
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.16

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.81
Price of two movie tickets: $16.75
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.57

2011

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $66.52
Price of two movie tickets: $15.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $82.38

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.22
Price of two movie tickets: $17.22
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.43

2010

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $64.12
Price of two movie tickets: $15.78
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $79.90

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.75
Price of two movie tickets: $17.41
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.16

2009

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $63.62
Price of two movie tickets: $15.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $78.62

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.95
Price of two movie tickets: $16.49
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.44

2008

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $62.50
Price of two movie tickets: $14.36
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $76.86

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.36
Price of two movie tickets: $16.39
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.75

2007

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $59.24
Price of two movie tickets: $13.76
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $73.00

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.56
Price of two movie tickets: $16.16
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.72

2006

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $56.98
Price of two movie tickets: $13.10
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $70.08

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.07
Price of two movie tickets: $15.88
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.95

2005

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $55.68
Price of two movie tickets: $12.82
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $68.50

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.78
Price of two movie tickets: $16.07
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.85

2004

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $54.34
Price of two movie tickets: $12.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $66.76

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.93
Price of two movie tickets: $15.98
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.91

2003

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $52.54
Price of two movie tickets: $12.06
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $64.60

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.14
Price of two movie tickets: $15.87
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.02

2002

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $51.44
Price of two movie tickets: $11.62
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $63.06

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $68.77
Price of two movie tickets: $15.54
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.31

2001

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $50.52
Price of two movie tickets: $11.32
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $61.84

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.46
Price of two movie tickets: $15.56
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.02

2000

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $48.98
Price of two movie tickets: $10.78
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $59.76

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.61
Price of two movie tickets: $15.32
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.94

1999

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $47.90
Price of two movie tickets: $10.16
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $58.06

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.57
Price of two movie tickets: $14.76
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.33

1998

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $46.90
Price of two movie tickets: $9.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $56.28

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.17
Price of two movie tickets: $13.83
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.01

1997

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $45.92
Price of two movie tickets: $9.18
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $55.10

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.31
Price of two movie tickets: $13.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.16

1996

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $44.74
Price of two movie tickets: $8.84
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $53.58

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.50
Price of two movie tickets: $13.73
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.24

1995

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $43.32
Price of two movie tickets: $8.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $52.02

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.19
Price of two movie tickets: $13.90
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.08

1994

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $42.12
Price of two movie tickets: $8.36
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $50.48

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.02
Price of two movie tickets: $13.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $82.72

1993

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $41.12
Price of two movie tickets: $8.28
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $49.40

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.37
Price of two movie tickets: $13.97
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.34

1992

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $40.26
Price of two movie tickets: $8.30
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $48.56

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.98
Price of two movie tickets: $14.43
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.40

1991

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $39.78
Price of two movie tickets: $8.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $48.20

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.07
Price of two movie tickets: $15.25
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.32

1990

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $38.64
Price of two movie tickets: $8.46
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $47.10

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.78
Price of two movie tickets: $16.15
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.94

1989

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $36.52
Price of two movie tickets: $7.94
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $44.46

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.10
Price of two movie tickets: $15.89
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.00

1988

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $34.50
Price of two movie tickets: $8.22
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $42.72

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.88
Price of two movie tickets: $17.13
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.00

1987

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $33.12
Price of two movie tickets: $7.82
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $40.94

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.53
Price of two movie tickets: $16.89
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.42

1986

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $31.80
Price of two movie tickets: $7.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $39.22

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.98
Price of two movie tickets: $16.33
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.31

1985

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $30.82
Price of two movie tickets: $7.10
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $37.92

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.23
Price of two movie tickets: $16.18
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.41

1984

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $30.14
Price of two movie tickets: $6.72
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $36.86

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.64
Price of two movie tickets: $15.97
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.61

1983

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $29.02
Price of two movie tickets: $6.30
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $35.32

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.19
Price of two movie tickets: $15.45
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.64

1982

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $28.42
Price of two movie tickets: $5.88
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $34.30

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.99
Price of two movie tickets: $15.31
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.30

1981

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $27.32
Price of two movie tickets: $5.56
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $32.88

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $78.47
Price of two movie tickets: $15.97
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $94.44

1980

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $25.34
Price of two movie tickets: $5.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $30.72

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $82.65
Price of two movie tickets: $17.55
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $100.20

1979

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $23.34
Price of two movie tickets: $5.02
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $28.36

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $84.70
Price of two movie tickets: $18.22
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $102.91

1978

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $21.04
Price of two movie tickets: $4.68
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $25.72

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $82.18
Price of two movie tickets: $18.28
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $100.46

1977

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $19.12
Price of two movie tickets: $4.46
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $23.58

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $79.53
Price of two movie tickets: $18.55
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $98.08

1976

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $18.00
Price of two movie tickets: $4.26
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $22.26

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $79.18
Price of two movie tickets: $18.74
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $97.92

1975

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $17.46
Price of two movie tickets: $4.10
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $21.56

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $83.82
Price of two movie tickets: $19.68
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $103.51

1974

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $16.10
Price of two movie tickets: $3.74
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $19.84

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $85.83
Price of two movie tickets: $19.94
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $105.77

1973

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $14.06
Price of two movie tickets: $3.54
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $17.60

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $79.59
Price of two movie tickets: $20.04
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $99.63

1972

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $12.28
Price of two movie tickets: $3.40
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $15.68

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.79
Price of two movie tickets: $19.88
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $91.66

1971

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $11.78
Price of two movie tickets: $3.30
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $15.08

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.83
Price of two movie tickets: $20.12
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $91.95

1970

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $11.44
Price of two movie tickets: $3.10
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $14.54

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.82
Price of two movie tickets: $20.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $93.82

1969

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $10.84
Price of two movie tickets: $2.84
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $13.68

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.77
Price of two movie tickets: $19.33
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $93.09

1968

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $10.30
Price of two movie tickets: $2.62
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $12.92

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.09
Price of two movie tickets: $18.59
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $91.68

1967

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.94
Price of two movie tickets: $2.40
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $12.34

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.51
Price of two movie tickets: $17.51
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $90.01

1966

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.86
Price of two movie tickets: $2.18
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $12.04

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $74.08
Price of two movie tickets: $16.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $90.46

1965

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.40
Price of two movie tickets: $2.02
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $11.42

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.75
Price of two movie tickets: $15.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.16

1964

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.18
Price of two movie tickets: $1.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $11.04

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.96
Price of two movie tickets: $14.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.34

1963

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.06
Price of two movie tickets: $1.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $10.76

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.91
Price of two movie tickets: $13.31
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.22

1962

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.94
Price of two movie tickets: $1.40
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $10.34

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.80
Price of two movie tickets: $11.09
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $81.89

1961

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.86
Price of two movie tickets: $1.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $10.24

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.92
Price of two movie tickets: $11.05
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $81.96

1960

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.76
Price of two movie tickets: $1.20
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.96

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.15
Price of two movie tickets: $9.75
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.90

1959

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.66
Price of two movie tickets: $1.02
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.68

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.04
Price of two movie tickets: $8.37
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $79.40

1958

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.80
Price of two movie tickets: $1.02
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.82

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $74.16
Price of two movie tickets: $8.60
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $82.76

1957

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.44
Price of two movie tickets: $1.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.44

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.51
Price of two movie tickets: $8.71
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $82.21

1956

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.18
Price of two movie tickets: $1.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.18

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.32
Price of two movie tickets: $8.84
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $81.17

1955

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.12
Price of two movie tickets: $0.96
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.08

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.58
Price of two movie tickets: $8.46
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.05

1954

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.24
Price of two movie tickets: $0.90
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.14

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.89
Price of two movie tickets: $7.96
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.85

1953

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.26
Price of two movie tickets: $1.20
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.46

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.66
Price of two movie tickets: $10.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.36

1952

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.38
Price of two movie tickets: $1.14
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.52

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $76.41
Price of two movie tickets: $10.39
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.80

1951

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.24
Price of two movie tickets: $1.06
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.30

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $81.04
Price of two movie tickets: $10.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $91.46

1950

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $7.42
Price of two movie tickets: $1.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $8.42

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.78
Price of two movie tickets: $9.94
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.72

1949

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $7.32
Price of two movie tickets: $0.92
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $8.24

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.06
Price of two movie tickets: $9.06
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $81.12

1948

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $7.62
Price of two movie tickets: $0.80
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $8.42

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $80.81
Price of two movie tickets: $8.48
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.29

1947

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $7.02
Price of two movie tickets: $0.78
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $7.80

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $85.16
Price of two movie tickets: $9.46
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $94.62

1946

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $5.78
Price of two movie tickets: $0.74
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $6.52

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $76.05
Price of two movie tickets: $9.74
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.79

1945

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $5.04
Price of two movie tickets: $0.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $5.74

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $67.82
Price of two movie tickets: $9.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $77.24

1944

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $4.92
Price of two movie tickets: $0.64
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $5.56

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $67.29
Price of two movie tickets: $8.75
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $76.05

1943

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $5.00
Price of two movie tickets: $0.58
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $5.58

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.48
Price of two movie tickets: $8.41
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.88

1942

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $4.48
Price of two movie tickets: $0.54
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $5.02

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.03
Price of two movie tickets: $8.68
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.71

1941

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $3.82
Price of two movie tickets: $0.50
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $4.32

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $64.56
Price of two movie tickets: $8.45
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $73.01

1940

 

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $3.50
Price of two movie tickets: $0.48
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $3.98

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $59.58
Price of two movie tickets: $8.17
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $67.75

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