That's a great question. One way to find out is to enter our contest, because you could win $10,000. After you win, you can figure out what the 10 grand could purchase.

First things first. Here's the details, and how you can enter. I'll wait.

Okay, back to the $10,000. Around here, we've discussed what we would do with the windfall. Answers have ranged from bill paying to booze, from investing to a trip to Vegas to parlay it into more. Personally, bill paying, followed by the purchase of a large Coke and fries with the remaining funds is where I'm leaning.

Just for fun, I took a look at what things cost in America a century ago. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!


In 1914:

  • The average car (not many had them) would've cost about $500
  • A gallon of gas averaged 12 cents
  • A new home (depending on size and amenities) would go for around $3500
  • A gallon of milk was about the same as a gallon of gas, 12 cents
  • A loaf of bread was 6 cents on average


Let's take a look back 75 years:


In 1939:

  • A new car averaged about $750
  • A new house went for around $4000
  • A gallon of milk went for 23 cents
  • A loaf of bread was 9 cents
  • A gallon of gas averaged 10 cents


Back 50 years ago:


In 1964:

  • A new car averaged out at $3500
  • A new house, on average, would run you $20,000
  • A gallon of milk averaged 49 cents
  • A loaf of bread went for 22 cents
  • A gallon of gas was at around 30 cents


And, while we're at it, let's go back 25 years:


In 1989:

  • New car-$12,000
  • New house-$100,000
  • Gallon of milk-$2.30
  • Loaf of bread-61 cents
  • Gallon of gas-$1.12


I'm thinking you should invest your winnings in a time machine.

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