Man discovers Tesco receipt from 1997 and people are surprised after comparing the prices
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One man has discovered a Tesco receipt from 1997 and people are extremely surprised after comparing the prices.
Now, considering the fact I was born a whole two years before said shopping trip even took place - I can't personally vouch for the differences in price but there's a whole bunch of Millennials and Generation X veterans who were totally transported back to a time once passed.
The man took to Reddit to share the relic that dates back to over a quarter of a century old.
He captioned the photo of the receipt: "Bought an old cassette today and found a receipt inside, looked down and saw the date was 25/07/1997, 26 years ago today!"
Albeit a tad yellowed ever-so-slightly torn at the bottom, the receipt remarkably remains in near-pristine condition.
The blue ink is still completely legible and perfectly states the 22 items bought that fateful day on 25 July 1997 - 26 years ago last Tuesday.
A seemingly standard shopping trip, such items include cat food weighing in at 48p, mayo for 49p and cooking oil for 53p.
17 out of the 22 everyday kitchen cupboard and fridge items costed less than a quid with four coming in at less than £2 and only one crossed-out item taking the prize for the most expensive item at a still reasonable £10.99.
The total cost of the basket came in at a very decent £27.26.
The Reddit post has since clocked up nearly one thousand comments from people eager to share their reactions to the fascinating fragment of archived British history.
People definitely got nostalgic over the prices. Credit: Reddit/@ModoTheGardener
One Reddit user took it upon themself to do a bit of digging and compare the prices from 1997 to today's prices.
They wrote: "I've been through the list and added all the items to my Tesco basket online to see how much it would cost these days. For those of you wondering, the total came to £45.13."
The user added: "Add another £15 say as I forgot the £10.99 item. Total is £60.13."
That's a whole £32.87 price hike according to their calculations.
Many, understandably, felt the nostalgia over a time when inflation and a cost of living crisis wasn't plaguing all of our pockets which one Reddit user writing: "The prices were the freaking heaven back then and we all have to agree to that."
I'm sure we can definitely all agree on that.
"I can kill for such prices again haha," joked a second, while a third quipped: "Gotta love the prices on that receipt though!"
Another, clearly stating what we were all thinking, added: "It’s so depressing looking at this."
The St Ivel Gold butter was clearly another hot topic.
"53 pence for butter?!" exclaimed one Reddit user.
A second joked: "I bought butter today and I'm now talking to my mortgage lender regarding re-financing."
Others, however, weren't as shocked.
"Some of those prices seem equal to today’s… ish… like, stuff wasn’t as cheap as I was expecting," admitted one Reddit user.
Another replied: "Yeah - garlic bread and shower cream at least don’t seem like prices from that long ago."
Garlic bread seemed to be another major point of interest on the receipt, with a third noting: "Garlic bread hasn't really changed."
"You can buy a garlic bread for 90p today," pointed out a fourth.
"How has it defied inflation?" pondered a fifth, while a final Reddit user asked: "How is garlic bread inflation-proof?"
One thing's for sure, we'll probably never be able to get a full shop like this for less than £30 ever again.
Every little helps and all.