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Man finds Tesco receipt from 1994 and people are baffled by the price differences

Man finds Tesco receipt from 1994 and people are baffled by the price differences

It really highlights how much prices have risen over the last three decades

Brits have been left shocked after a bloke discovered a Tesco receipt from 1994.

You probably don’t need me to remind you all that we’re currently in the midst of a cost of living crisis with the price of just about everything going up.

Amongst the things we’re now paying more for is our weekly shop, with the price of food and drink rising by eight percent year on year by the end of 2023.

And to really hammer home how much prices have increased, check out this receipt from Tesco from 30 years ago.

The receipt was found hidden between the pages of a book by a man called Luke, who decided to share it to Reddit.

Uploading a snap of the receipt, he wrote: "A 1994 Tesco receipt found in a library book. Before my time and not much to go off but 30 years old and still looking fresh."

The receipt, which was from a store in Coventry, totted up the total for 34 items, came in at £29.29 and included minced beef for just 55p, cooking oil for 65p and a butty for 89p.

A bloke found the receipt in a library book. Reddit/u_lukestrim
A bloke found the receipt in a library book. Reddit/u_lukestrim

The shopper also picked up a copy of the Guardian newspaper for 50p and some beef burgers for £1.39.

Fellow Reddit users were left reeling after clocking the prices, with one person commenting: “Ahh… the good old days, when you could afford to eat.”

A second said: “It is interesting. In a nerdy way. Quite a lot of variance.

“Bananas were 39p/lb. They’re now 90p/kg or 41p /lb. The Guardian has gone up from 50p to £2.80, but that’s a bit more complex than just inflation.

“The cheapest Tesco sandwich is now £1.50? 89p likely at least doubled, depending on the sandwich obvs. The very cheapest veg oil is £1.85 now, compared to 65p.”

Brits were shocked by the changes in prices.
Pexels/Juan Salamanca

Someone else commented: “I remember it well. You could work out your shopping to an average out at £1/item over the whole shop.”

Another person noted: “How crazy, the total price is LESS than the number of items, I can’t remember the last time I had a shop like that, especially in a Tesco.”

However, someone else thought the 1994 shopper didn’t get such a great deal.

“Interesting,” they wrote. “£29.39 in 1994 is about £60 in today's money. I currently have 35 items in my Tesco basket and the total is £48.54.

“Depends on the specific items you buy, and maybe Clubcard offers weren't a thing back then. I wouldn't say I shop particularly cheap nor particularly expensive.”

Featured Image Credit: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images/Reddit/@lukestrim

Topics: Money, Tesco, UK News, Food And Drink, Cost of Living