Not quite as far of a throwback: Groceries in 1996

Today’s fun ephemera was also a gift from my husband; it’s a pair of Sunday grocery-store circulars from January 1996. Normally, we look at what I consider “older” old stuff – 30, 40, 50 years or more.

So, in this case, 15 years and six months later, what are some of the biggest differences?

Well, the now-vacant grocery store on Route 74 at Hilton Avenue – the one that was most recently SaveSmart – was still a Shur-Fine, for one!

Grocery ads from 1996

At Shur-Fine, a 10-lb. bag of navel oranges was selling for $2.99. This weekend at Giant, we priced navels at $1.50 apiece, or $5 for about a five-pound bag.

Pepsi 2-liters were on sale for 89 cents; you can OCCASIONALLY find that now, but honestly, a good buy is about $1 a bottle. Even $1.25 a bottle is a savings over the regular price of about $1.89.

An unusual area of inflation? Trash bags! With an in-ad coupon, you could get 10 Glad-brand 30-gallon-sized trash bags for $1.49 at Shur-Fine. This past weekend, we paid $9 for what I believe was a 40-pack of bags that size in a generic brand!

They would also develop your film – FILM! – for 12 cents per 3 1/2″ print.

Over at Weis, again back in January 1996, there was a big promotion regarding S&H Green Stamps. If you had your “mini book” of stamps, you could get certain items at real bargains, like some Wishbone salad dressing for 49 cents or a roll of Scott paper towls for 19 cents. Crazy! I miss Green Stamps.

Red grapefruit? Four for 50 cents with your Green Stamps book, or 4 for $1 (still a great buy nowadays) without it!

So, who’s helping me build a grocery-store time machine to head back 15 years?

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Not quite as far of a throwback: Groceries in 1996

  1. Hubby says:

    Regarding this era: Circa 1997, I can remember gasoline under $1.00 per gallon — even lower than 80 cents per gallon! — at some spots in South Carolina, where i was living at the time. (The AVERAGE price that I saw was probably slightly over $1.00/gallon, though. The store-to-store fluctuations were greater then.)

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