According to a magazine article in 1949, a family of three ate well for $10 a week. With that budget, here are a few of the meals this family might consume:
beef liver carrot-bacon-egg sandwiches
creamed hamburger vegetable-bean soup
meatloaf scalloped potatoes
potato soup molasses sweet potatoes
green pepper strips macaroni and cheese
beef stew mashed potatoes
I know what you’re thinking … in today’s prices we’re already pushing $100 but read on. You haven’t spent the whole $10 yet. Add these delicacies to the menu:
fish green beans
egg sandwiches bean soup
bologna sandwiches cabbage salad
prune whip applesauce
eggs au gratin custard
After buying ingredients for a few more side dishes, you’d have enough money left from the original $10 to buy juice and cereal for every breakfast. You’d also enjoy milk, bread, and margarine at every meal. Whether or not this list appeals to you (and who knows what prune whip is!) it’s a lot of variety for the money.
Wouldn’t you love to visit those old corner stores and fruit and vegetable markets with a $10 bill in your purse? Just for one week to go back to a time when everyone in the community knew each other’s name and the store’s competition was another business of the same size two blocks away.
Who knew $10 could go so far?
-Sandra Merville Hart
Rodack, Jaine. Forgotten Recipes, Wimmer Books, 1981.