Gold and Silver Buying Power

So, you have a few gold coins and silver coins.  What can you buy with them?  How do you know the buying power compared to the fiat dollar?  In the tables below, we have taken common items that we all buy and have converted their fiat dollar price to real money 90% silver dime equivalent.  Why did we chose 90% silver?  Well, everyone needs to have some 90% silver as a lowest common denominator.  Pre 1965 dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars have 90% silver and are commonly called Junk Silver. We certainly would not be going out to buy a can of coffee with a ounce of gold (well, most of us would not want to – I do love my coffee).

ItemCurrent cost in USDCurrent cost in 90% Silver
Gallon Regular Gasoline (US Avg.)2.11$ 0.11
Gallon Diesel (US Avg.)2.41$ 0.13
Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper Double Rolls, 6 rolls6.97$ 0.37
Colgate Cavity Protection Great Regular Flavor Fluoride Toothpaste, 2.5 oz.94$ 0.05
Folgers Classic Roast Medium Ground Coffee, 30.5 oz6.96$ 0.37
Winchester 9mm Ammunition, 100 Rounds, FMJ, 115 Grains119.89$ 6.44
Winchester USA .45 ACP, 100 Rounds, FMJ, 230 Grains81.77$ 4.39
Winchester .223 Remington, 20 Rounds, FMJ, 55 Grains24.89$ 1.34
PMC Bronze .308 Winchester Ammunition 147 Grain FMJ
38.89$ 2.09
Winchester Super X Subsonic .22 Magnum Ammunition 50 Rounds24.89$ 1.34
Milk (regular), (1 liter).85$ 0.05
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb)2.72$ 0.15
Rice (white), (1 lb)4.01$ 0.22
Eggs (12)2.33$ 0.13
Local Cheese (1 lb)11.06$ 0.59
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb)9.07$ 0.49
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)12.45$ 0.67
Apples (1 lb)4.57$ 0.25
Banana (1 lb)1.56$ 0.08
Oranges (1 lb)4.03$ 0.22
Tomato (1 lb)4.29$ 0.23
Potato (1 lb)2.65$ 0.14
Onion (1 lb)2.64$ 0.14
Lettuce (1 head)1.63$ 0.09
Water (1.5 liter bottle)1.81$ 0.1
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)12$ 0.64
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)2.42$ 0.13
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle)2.96$ 0.16
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)8$ 0.43
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)44.04$ 2.37
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)35.54$ 1.91
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)75.90$ 4.08
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes96.16$ 5.17
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre1350.13$ 72.54
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre1082.69$ 58.17
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre2163.81$ 116.25
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre1718.21$ 92.31
Item prices last updated 11/26/2020
Prices are updated regularly. Silver price is updated daily.
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