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nala

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To expand on the inflation thread but for more dramatic effect, tell me how much your first anything’s cost.
I’ll start. My first Honda Civic. New in the year 1994–10k dollars
My first house in 1998. Cost 150k (looked it up recently and is valued at 650k)
My first pedicure when I graduated from college—1996...13 dollars.
 

Austina

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Our first house in 1978 cost £23,000, about $32,000 at today’s exchange rate, which is a lot less than it was then.

My first car was about $350.

First manicure about $6.
 

missy

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1988 Toyota Corolla...almost new but not. It had been driven for a few months by someone else. I had my dad's partner's son Mark check it out before I bought it as he was a mechanic and he gave it the green light. It cost me 10K in 1988.

The first apartment I bought in 1992. 165K. I paid that 30 year mortgage off in 3 years. By myself. By saving and scrimping. Sold it less than a decade later for more than 4 times what I paid for it.
 

Mekp

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My first house cost $135,000. It's probably worth $700,000 now.

My first apartment was a 2 bedroom in a great part of town. It cost $675/month which included all utilities. I recently saw it was renting for $1550.

My first car was a 10 year old Volvo sedan. I bought it for $900. I don't have any idea what used cars are going for these days but I'm willing to bet $900 doesn't get you anything that runs.
 

Txborn79

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First car was an 88’ Pontiac Grand Prix, bought in 96’ for $2000. First new car bought in 98’ when I started college was a 98’ Ford Escort ZX2 and it was around $11,000.

Our first house was $45,000 that was later torn down later so worth nothing now lol. Our current house we purchased 9 years ago and it’s a little more than doubled in value since then.
 

tyty333

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The first college I went to was a community college in 1980. A credit costs about $33 which made your typical 3 credit class $100.
 

stracci2000

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My first car was a 1968 Dodge Dart. I got it in 1982 and paid $750.
The first house, in 1986, cost $45,000.
I never had a manicure or pedicure!
 

diamondringlover

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my first car was free..lol my parents bought it for me, my first house me and hubby purchased together was $74,500 in 1993, we still live here..its probably worth about $150,000 now, I remember buying my first "grown up" watch in 1981 it was a Seiko I put it in layway and I think I paid about $150 for it...and no it wasnt gold...that was alot of money back then lol
 

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My first car payment was on a new 1986 Honda Civic. It was about $150/month. I about died! My mom had to co-sign.

I went to USC in the mid-80s which was $7,000/yr and super expensive. My Masters at UCLA was $2000 in 1990.

@diamondringlover I had one of those very expensive Seiko watches, too! Such a splurge!

I made $18,000 at my first job after college. When I met my husband, he made $40,000 and I thought he was rich! :lol-2:
 

donnabrsd

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First date (Sadie Hawkins dance where girls paid) in 1981. Dinner at Mexican restaurant; I got a one item meal and he got a combo. We also both got a soft drink and it was about $9.50 (same meal at same restaurant is about $30 now)

First used car (1970 or 71 Volkswagen bug) purchased in 1983 for $600

First new car (1987 Honda Prelude) purchased in 1987 for $10,500 (pmt was about $150 a month and insurance about $30 a month)

First item of jewelry (pearl ring in 10K gold) purchased in 1982 from Montgomery Wards with my employee discount for about $30

First House (in Southern CA built in 1967) purchased in 1994 for $230,000 (estimated value now $1,021,000)

I had the expensive Seiko watch too! Mine had the leather band and was about $65.
 

canuk-gal

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HI:

LOLs to the expensive Seiko watch---I bought one also! But I worked for a popular jewellery chain, so I got an employee discount. I still have that watch today--it looks fabu!

My first car was a new 1981 Pontiac Firebird; 10K. Gold colored--naturally. :P2

cheers--Sharon
 

Lookinagain

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first car purchased in 1970 was a 1969 Camaro. $2700. College tuition in the mid 70's at a private college was $2400/yr that is now over $54,000 not including board. Law school tuition was $3500/year (graduated 1980) at a private law school that is now $63,00/yr for base tuition. Purchased first house in 1988 for $215k and it's worth about $700k now. First job, 1980 as an attorney, salary was $16.5k. My husband at the time was a surgical resident and he made $12k, so clearly I was making the big bucks. But our rent for a 3 bedroom apartment was $400/mo including heat and parking, and we did just fine!
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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First date (Sadie Hawkins dance where girls paid) in 1981. Dinner at Mexican restaurant; I got a one item meal and he got a combo. We also both got a soft drink and it was about $9.50 (same meal at same restaurant is about $30 now)

First used car (1970 or 71 Volkswagen bug) purchased in 1983 for $600

First new car (1987 Honda Prelude) purchased in 1987 for $10,500 (pmt was about $150 a month and insurance about $30 a month)

First item of jewelry (pearl ring in 10K gold) purchased in 1982 from Montgomery Wards with my employee discount for about $30

First House (in Southern CA built in 1967) purchased in 1994 for $230,000 (estimated value now $1,021,000)

I had the expensive Seiko watch too! Mine had the leather band and was about $65.

What year was the Seiko $65 ? :-o
 

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In Australia cars are more expensive and real estate, gawd, that’s an eye watering reality, especially for those not already on the property ladder.
First car in 1981 was a Honda Civic, for $5,100.
First apartment, 1 bed, bought for $106,000 sold it 5 years later for $220,000.
Current house, bought in 1998 for $394,000 is currently worth $2.6 million.
 

mrs-b

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I don't have any outstanding firsts for my husband and me, but my parents bought the block of land where they built our family home in 1967. They paid $6,000 for it. That block would now sell for well over 500k - probably somewhere between 600 and 700k.
 

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Our first house in 1985 was $175,000 - now a bit shy of $2,000,000 and we use it as a rental property. Only in California. Craaazzzzy
 

jaysonsmom

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First car $6000 for a 2 year old Honda Civic in 1991

First house (town home in So cal) 2001 $210,000 now selling for about $725,000

First engagement ring....dh gave me $3500 budget, we came all in at $3100 with setting!
 

Dandi

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We built our first home in 2006 for $580,000, and it is now worth around $1.6m. I purchased my first car in 2000 for $8,000, how I loved that wee bus! It's not worth anything now, as it was written off :(sad
 

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Honestly it kills me inside to read how cheap real estate was... just bought my first ONE bedroom apartment in an old block in the city. $340K AUD. ;( I sincerely wish my parents had forced us to buy when we were like 21 years old, would have been half that price!
 

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My first car was a 1995 Honda Civic but I purchased it used in 1997 for $6k.
My first house was $330k in 2002, sold it in 2007 for $470k and now worth $690k according to realtor.com.
My parents bought my childhood home for $20k cash back in 1978 and now it’s for sale for $789k and pending sale.
 
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