This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and opinions are my own
The phrase ‘money can’t buy you happiness’ always resounds with me because whilst money doesn’t necessarily make you happier, and it can in fact go the complete opposite way I do feel that money can make life easier, and simpler. Almost all of us are doing some sort of side hustle alongside our full time job, and most stay at home parents doing the toughest job at all are trying to find ways to make extra money by blogging, selling items or working freelance.
I was always acutely aware of how much things cost when I was younger, and I was a kid who did understand the true value of money, unlike a lot of kids these days who seem to think iPhones and games consoles grow on trees. As soon as I was able to get a job at 15 I worked away and have never had a period without a job even throughout my A Levels and University and in the last decade alone I can see how much the price of living has gone up.
I remember having a conversation about house prices with my Nan and my mum and being shocked at how cheap houses were back in the late 50’s/ early 60’s when my nan was buying and the 80’s when my mum was buying. Now I know that people are earning more now and women have far more opportunities but it was much easier to find the deposit for a house when it was less than £70,000 compared to the huge prices now.
But it isn’t just about the bigger things, I remember back when I first passed my driving test in 2008 it was under 95p per litre for petrol, but now you’re lucky if you get it for under £1.20 per litre, which in just 10 years is such a huge jump. Even things like I’m pretty sure the prices of clothes in Primark are much higher than they were a decade ago, although not all price increases are bad things, for example in the clothing industry it could be higher wages for those making the clothes which of course is a positive.
The Generation Game was quite a big show when I was a young kid and I remember trying to guess the prices of random things like microwave ovens and washing machines. I bet if you played the same game now the prices would be a totally different story.
Think you know the price of things? Test your skills in the quiz ‘The Generation Game: When was it most expensive’ and let me know what score you get.