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Well, we’ve officially re-entered the roaring ’20s, and while it doesn’t seem like we’re off to the greatest start, it can only get better, right? Now things are surely a lot different than they were 100 years ago. For starters, our main source of entertainment back in the ’20s was listening to the radio, and “stream” was only a term used to describe a small river. But one of the most significant differences between then and now is the cost of goods. You won’t believe what a beautiful two-story house in the suburbs, an apartment in New York City, or even a shiny new car cost back in the day. The prices seem like pocket change in comparison to today’s figures. It might even tempt you to hop in a time machine and travel back to 1920. But it’s also important to remember that everything is relative. As we review these costs, don’t forget that the average household income in the United States in 1920 was approximately $3,269.40–that’s about $42,142.08 today, with inflation–so keep that in mind as we travel back 100 years and do a little window shopping.