Originally Posted by Cashmenson
What are their worth? Like on average how much would one spend on a loaf of bread, or tea, sugar, sweets?
I find it all abit confusing.
It's worth remembering that, during the 1940s, a lot of items were rationed because of World War II. Even if you had a fortune, you couldn't just buy plenty of sugar or tea.
According to the CSO
, the average wage increased from €2.85 (£2 4/11) a week in 1939 to €5.61 (£4 8/2) in 1949.
Page 73 of the attached
will help you understand the value of some products in 1949, compared with 1983 and 1999. Just to note, the prices of 1949 are in equivalent decimal pence, so the 2p for a pound of sugar is actually about 5 pre-decimal pence.
Page 155 of this PhD thesis
gives a graph of the cost of eight foodstuffs between 1938 and 1948.