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How much did it cost in Morris County, New Jersey?
a survey of retail prices advertised in the Daily Record, July 1-15, 1983

Automobiles
New
Chevrolet, Chevette, 7,287.00
Ford, Thunderbird, 9,399.00
Mitsubishi, Starion, turbo, 11,154.00

Used
1980, BMW, 3201, 11,700.00
1978, Oldsmobile, Delta Royale, 4 door, 4,500.00
1976, Ford, Pinto, 960.00

Clothing
Men's coat, sport, 49.90/each
Men's jeans, Lee, 35.00/2 pairs
Men's shirt, J.C. Penney, 8.99/each
Men's shoes, Wallabees, 37.50-68.99/pair
Men's shorts, 10.00-18.00/pair
Men's suit, 79.90/each
Men's swimwear, Jantzen, 11.20-32.00/each
Sneakers, New Balance, 730, 47.95-74.00/pair
Women's bathing suit, 28.00-80.00/each
Women's sandals, 5.99-7.99/pair
Women's suit, summer, 42.00/each
Women's sundress, 24.00-45.00/each

Food & beverages
Bacon, Armour, .99/lb
Beef, sirloin steak, 2.19/lb
Blueberries, NJ, fresh, .89/pint
Cake mix, Betty Crocker, .89/18 oz pkg
Cereal, Kellogg's, Corn Flakes, 1.19/18 oz pkg
Cheese, Kraft, singles, .69/6 oz pkg
Cherries, Bing, .88/lb
Chicken, legs, .49/lb
Coffee, Martinson, 1.99/lb can
Cookies, PathMark, chocolate chip, .85/lb box
Corn, fresh on cob, .99/7 ears
Crackers, Keebler, Townhouse, .89/12 oz pkg
Cucumber, 1.00/4
Duck, .99/lb
Grapes, seedless, .99/lb
Ham, Oscar Mayer, chopped, 1.59/8 oz
Ice cream, Dolly Madison, Creamsicles or Fudgesicles, .99/pkg of 6
Juice, Sealtest, orange, .99/gallon
Lamb, Iceland, leg, 1.79/lb
Lettuce, iceberg, .59/large head
Margarine, Parkay, .39/lb
Mayonnaise, Hellman's , .99/quart
Onions, Spanish type, .39/lb
Peanut butter, Jif, .69/12 oz jar
Pepsi, .89/2 litre bottle
Potatoes, New White California, 1.29/5 lb bag
Salad dressing, Seven Seas, .79/pint bottle
Soda, Pepsi, 1.89/six 12 oz cans
Spaghetti, Muellers, .39/lb
Strawberries, 1.50/quart
Tea, Tetley, iced tea mix, 1.99/32 oz container
Watermelon, .17/lb
Yogurt, Light n' Lively, 1.00 three 8 oz cups

Furniture
Bed, bunk, solid pine, 88.95/set
Bedroom set, Thomasville Italian pecan veneer, 6 pieces, 1,649.00/set
Chair, leather, 599.00/each
Dining room set, Thomasville, Oriental, hardwood, 8 pieces, 1,899.00/set
Living room set, 3 pieces, 381.00/set
Mattress, Sealy Deluxe, twin, 53.00/each
Rug, nylon, 6.99/square yard

Garden & lawn equipment
Annuals, 4" pot, .59/pot
Bushes, junipers, 1 gallon container, 15.00/5 plants
Grill, Ducane, gas, 189.50/each
Hose, garden, 60', 2.22/each
Insecticide, Yardguard, 4.19/16 oz can
Japanese beetle trap, Bag-a-bug, 6.88/each
Lawn chairs, folding, vinyl-covered, 13.99/each
Lawn mower, Caldor, 20", 3 HP, 119.00/each
Railroad ties, 3.00/each

Household goods
Air conditioner, Emerson, 5000 BTU, 233.00/each
Bedspread, dacron polyester, twin, 19.99/each
Bleach, Purex, .69/gallon
Blinds, Levolor, 29.95/each
Charcoal briquettes, Royal Oak, 2.88/20 lb bag
Clothes dryer, Fridigaire, 219.00/each
Clothes washer, 18 lb, 359.00/each
Dish detergent, Sunlight, .69/12 oz container
Dishwasher, GE, built in, 249.00/each
Microwave, Amana, 289.00/each
Paint, Fuller O'Brien, latex, 11.99/gallon
Range, Magic Chef, 30" deluxe self-cleaning, 629.00/each
Refrigerator, Whirlpool, 22 cu ft., side-by-side, 859.00/each
Sheets, full size, 4.99-6.99/each
Towels, bath, JCP, 13.99/each
Vacuum cleaner, Kenmore, 79.99/each

Personal care & health
Antacid, Tums, 1.20-2.19/bottle
Baby powder, Pathmark, 1.00/14 oz container
Mouthwash, Listerine, 2.49/32 oz bottle
Razors, Good News, disposible, 1.69/7 pack
Shampoo, Jhirmack, 2.19/8 oz bottle
Soap, Palmolive, .39/bar
Tissues, Foodtown, .49/200 count box
Toilet paper, 2.60/6 rolls
Toothpaste, Aquafresh, 3.00/two 8.2 oz tubes

Real estate
Houses for sale
Chester, historic colonial, barn, 5 acres, 219,000.00
Randolph, 5 bedrooms, colonial, 149,500.00
Rockaway, 3 bedrooms, ranch, 119,000.00
Houses for rent
Lincoln Park, 3 bedrooms, 850.00/month
Long Valley, 4 bedrooms, 495.00/month
Wharton, 3 bedrooms, 775.00/month
Apartments & rooms
Dover, furnished room, 65.00/week
Parsippany, 4 rooms, garden apartment, 495.00/month

Recreation & amusements
Bicycle, Century, 10 speed, 169.95/each
Bus trip, Cape Cod, 5 days & 4 nights, 299.99/person
Audiocassette, pre-recorded, 6.97/each
Camera, Polaroid, Sun 660, 69.95-79.95/each
Computer, TRS, Model Y, 999.00/each
Croquet set, 35.90-47.99/each
Dinner, Governor Morris Inn [Morristown NJ], "All you can eat," 12.98/person
Movie projector, Chinon, 95.00-119.95/each
Movie ticket, Morris County Mall [Hanover Twp., NJ], 2.00/matinee
Piano, Kimball, upright, 1,095.00-2,395.00/each
Radio, Sanyo, AM/FM cassette recorder with speaker system, 50.00/each
Snorkel, Bellows Flex, 2.00/each
Swim fins, 5.99/pair
Swimming pool, above ground with deck, 21' X 15' X 48", 600.00-1039.99/each
Television, Quasar, 19", color, 419.00/each
VCR, RCA, 10 day programmable, 479.00/each
Weights, metal, 64.95/set


How much did it cost to stock Thanksgiving tables in 1983?
These prices were advertised in The Daily Record [Morris County New Jersey], November 20-23, 1983.
Meat, fowl & fish
Bacon, Plumrose, 1.89/lb
Chicken, Cornish game hens, .99/lb
Ham, Dak, Danish, 2.99/lb
Pork roast, boneless, 1.99/lb
Shrimp cocktail, Sau-Sea, 80 cents/4 oz jar
Sausage, Jones, links, 2.19/lb
Turkey, 57 cents/lb

Vegetables
Broccoli, fresh, 68 cents/large bunch
Brussels sprouts, 99 cents/10 oz cup
Olives, California, 1.06/6 oz can
Onions, yellow, 89 cents/3 lbs
Peas, Green Giant, frozen, 89 cents/9 oz box
Pickles, Heinz, sweet gherkins, 1.19/8 oz jar
Potatoes, Russet, 99 cents/5 lb bag
Sweet potatoes, 89 cents/lb jar

Fruits & nuts
Bananas, 99/3 lbs
Chestnuts, large, Italian, 1.79/lb
Cranberries, fresh, 68 cents/12 oz pkg
Cranberry sauce, Ocean Spray, 49 cents/lb can
Grapefruit, white, 99 cents/5
Grapes, Emperor, 69 cents/lb
Oranges, navel, 1.00/5
Peanuts, cocktail, 1.10/12 oz jar
Walnuts, Diamond, 2.79/lb

Dairy, eggs & cheese
Cheese, Brie with herbs, 3.99/lb
Cheese, cream, Philadelphia, 1.09/8 oz
Cheese, Swiss, 3.49/lb
Margarine, Promise, 79 cents/lb
Sour cream, A&P, 69 cents/lb

Desserts
Pie, apple, 2.99/10 inch
Pie, mince, 1.79/22 oz pkg
Pie, pumpkin, Mrs. Smith's, 1.99/46 oz pkg

Baking, cereals, spices & condiments
Cake mix, Betty Crocker, 99 cents/16 oz box
Croissants, Sara Lee, 1.49/6 oz pkg
Flour, 69 cents/5 lb bag
Muffin mix, Jiffy, 1.00/three 7 oz pkgs
Pie filling, Comstock, cherry, 1.79/21 oz can
Pie filling, Libby's, Pumpkin, 1.09/30 oz can
Pie crust, Pillsbury, 1.39/15 oz pkg
Stuffing, Arnold, mix, 1.35/15 oz pkg
Sugar, Domino, brown, 58 cents/lb
Whipped topping, Dream Whip, 69 cents/2.8 oz box

Beverages
Beer, Beck's, 12.96/case
Champagne, Korbel, brut, 7.99/750 ml
Coffee, Eight O'Clock, 2.99/lb
Egg nog, Bordens, 1.69/32 oz can
Juice, orange, Minute Maid, 1.59/gallon
Tea, bags, 1.59/100 ct box

"Groups offer needy Thanksgiving warmth
For many area residents, the bounty of Thanksgiving would be only a dream were it not for the network of local churches and social service groups that provide a Thanksgiving basket for the needy, elderly and bedridden. At Mendham United Methodist Church this evening, the first community Thanksgiving service sponsored by the Interchurch of the Mendhams will accept offerings of canned goods and boxed items. The 8 p.m. interfaith service is open to all community residents. Food items collected will be distributed through the Morris County Board of Social Services which, after receiving permission from potential recipients, deliver Thanksgiving baskets via volunteers. 'We find it difficult to get deliveries to areas such as Oak Ridge and Stirling, but with local assistance and with the cooperation of social workers, the needy in these areas are taken care of,' said Hester Dawson, spokeswoman for the socal services board. 'The churches make up the baskets, but since we have no budget for the delivery, it is done purely through the kindness of volunteers.' Parsippany residents will be the main recipients of food items collected during the annual Thanksgiving eve service at the United Methodist Church of Parsippany. 'There is an ongoing collection of food for the needy through the Morris County Food Pantry, but at specific times of the year. Thanksgiving for example, certain times are earmarked for collection by each church,' explained the Rev. Glenn Pursel. 'A listing is put out so that we can respond effectively to what ever item is most needed. This year it's peanut butter and crackers.' Temple Hatikvah in Flanders called for community cooperation in the collection of food items Sunday at its ecumenical community Thankgiving celebration. Other area churches involved in food collections this Thanksgiving are St. Virgil's Church, Morris Plains, Church of the Assumption, Morristown, Mount Fern United Methodist Church, Randoloph, St. Therese's Church, Succasunna, and St. Thomas More Church, Convent Station."
---Daily Record [Morristown, N.J.], November 23, 1983 (p. 15)

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