How much did things cost in 1969?

These are prices of some sample items in 1969.

How much were these prices for someone on an average income in 1969? To get a feel for this, I have adjusted them for the increase in incomes from 1969 to today. You can see these adjusted prices in the column 'Income adjusted'.

1969 priceIncome adjusted
Gallon of petrol6s 6d£12
Pint of beer2s 9d£5
20 cigarettes5s 2d£9.40
Pint of milk11d£1.70
White, wrapped and sliced loaf1s 8d (Hansard)£3
Colour TV rental per week (Granada)18s£33
23" Ekco black & white TV (Currys)75 guineas£2,900
Hacker VHF Herald portable radio£29 18s£1,100
Ronson TB 711 electric tooth brush£5 19s 6d£220
Philishave 3 rechargeable electric razor£17 2s 7d£620
Dansette Viva record player£19 4s 8d£700
The Daily Mirror newspaper5d76p
Average house price£4,201£150,000
Pepsi Cola (Tesco)10d £1.50
½lb Ty-Phoo Tea (Tesco)2s 9d£5
Ford Cortina car£830£30,000
Electrolux refrigerator (Currys)31 guineas£1,200
Servis Supertwin - washing machine (Currys)72 guineas£2,700
Hoover Keymatic de luxe 3223H - automatic washing machine£110£4,000
Russell Hobbs K2R electric kettle£7 17s 2d£290
Family pack of Golden Wonder crisps (Woolworth's)1s 9d£3.20
Nescafé instant coffee 4oz jar4s 11d£8.90
Sainsbury's Red Label loose leaf tea 4oz1s 3d£2.30
Flymo Domestic hover mower£39 18s£1,400
Sindy doll£1 8s 11d£52
Action Man soldier doll£1 17s 6d£68

Prices are in pounds, shillings and pence.

Some shops priced more expensive items in guineas. A guinea is one pound and one shilling or £1.05.

The income adjusted prices are based on the Bank of England's Three Centuries Macroeconomic Dataset Version 2.3 - 30 June 2016. I have updated the income figures based on the ONS: Series code KAB9, adjusted to bring the figures inline with the Bank of England's.

For a comparison of prices in 1969 adjusted for inflation see Infation adjusted prices for 1969

By Steven Braggs, November 2021, updated May 2022

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