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What $10 was worth the year you were born, and what you could buy with it today – Finance –





  • The value of a dollar changes from year to year as markets and economies fluctuate.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks inflation, calculating how much the American dollar was valued in any given year and month.
  • Business Insider looked at the value of $10 between the years 1965 and 2010 to find out what it could buy in 2018.

The rate of inflation fluctuates year to year, month to month, as markets and economies change.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics can calculate how much the American dollar was valued any given year and month. Business Insider used the CPI inflation calculator to find the value of a $10 bill every year in January, from 1965 and 2010, in 2018 dollars.

We then found out how much different products — from Sharpies to New Balance shoes — cost in 2018 to compare the buying power of past years.

Below, find out what a $10 bill the year you were born could buy you in 2018.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1965: $80.82

What you can buy in 2018: A pair of New Balance shoes

A pair of 574 New Balance women’s shoes retail for $79.99. In 1965 dollars, $10 could afford you one fresh pair of New Balances.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1966: $79.29

What you can buy in 2018: A Rihanna Fenty makeup palette

Rihanna released her Fenty makeup line a year ago. A Galaxy Eyes palette from the collection goes for $79. In 1966 dollars, $10 would buy a Fenty fan one shimmery palette.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1967: $76.64

What you can buy in 2018: A leather-bound copy of The Bible

The Holy Bible is the most stolen item worldwide. In 2018, a copy of the Bible with imitation leather bindings costs upwards of $76.56. In 1967 dollars, $10 would have covered a new Holy Bible with little change left over.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1968: $73.94

What you can buy in 2018: A one-way train ticket

Planning a few days in advance, a train ticket from New York City to Boston costs $69 on Wanderu. In 1986 dollars, $10 would afford a one-way train ticket between the two cities.





Value of a $10 bill in 1969: $70.83

What you can buy in 2018: Printer ink

$10 in 1969 dollars would afford you a high yield variety pack of printing ink for $69.99 at Staples.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1970: $66.71

What you can buy in 2018: A Kylie Cosmetics palette

For $65, you can get Kylie Jenner’s Birthday Palette from her Kyshadow collection at Kylie Cosmetics. In 1970 dollars, $10 would cover it.


Value of a $10 bill in 1971: $63.35

What you can buy in 2018: A one-way plane ticket

A plane ticket from New York City to Miami one month in advance costs $63 on Spirit airlines, not including the added fees, on KAYAK. In 1971 dollars, a passenger could afford a one-way seat to Miami for $10.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1972: $61.35

What you can buy in 2018: One Xbox game

Gaming is a large industry with Call of Duty among the leaders in the pack. Call of Duty: WWII on Xbox One retails for $59.99 at Target. In 1972 dollars, $10 would buy the game with some change for sales tax.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1973: $59.19

What you can buy in 2018: A handgun

In 2018, the Second Amendment is striking national controversy, yet megastores like Walmart sell handguns with ammunition for $56.85. In 1973 dollars, a person could own a gun for just $10.





Value of a $10 bill in 1974: $54.11

What you can buy in 2018: An Amazon Echo

Consumer: Alexa, what can I buy today that cost $10 in 1974?

Alexa: Me, on Amazon.

An Amazon Echo Dot with smart speaker Alexa retails for $49.99. A customer could afford an Echo Dot for $10 in 1974 dollars.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1975: $48.40

What you can buy in 2018: 216 diapers

Baby care in the United States is costly. A pack of 216 Pampers Swaddlers diapers retails for $46.99 at Walmart. In 1975 dollars, $10 would cover a pack of diapers today and allow for some pocket change to go back and grab a few singles at 22 cents a diaper.





Value of a $10 bill in 1976: $45.35

What you can buy in 2018: A skateboard

Skateboards have been around since the early 1940s but gained popularity in the 1970s. A Zero board sells for $44.95 at Zumiez. In 1976 dollars, $10 would buy a skateboard and maybe a wheel or two.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1977: $43.10

What you can buy in 2018: A Yankees jersey

A blank replica of a New York Yankees jersey sells for $40 on Dexter Shop. In 1977 dollars, $10 would buy one blank pinstripe jersey.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1978: $40.34

What you can buy in 2018: A bag of dog food

A bag of IAMS dry adult dog food retails for $38.94 at Walmart in 2018. In 1978 dollars, $10 affords a pet parent a bag of dog food and some change for a treat.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1979: $36.92

What you can buy in 2018: 8 razors

Razors don’t come cheap. A pack of eight refill Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power razor blades cost $34.99 at Walgreens. In 1979 dollars, $10 would cover the cost of a refill pack with some change left over.





Value of a $10 bill in 1980: $32.41

What you can buy in 2018: Apple headphones

Tech giant Apple was in its infancy by 1980. Today, a pair of Apple earphones retails for $29 on Apple. In 1980 dollars, $10 would buy a pair of Apple headphones with some change left over.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1981: $28.98

What you can buy in 2018: 36 batteries

Today, a pack of 36 AA batteries cost $26.99 at Staples. In 1981 dollars, $10 would cover one pack and you’d have some pocket change left over.





Value of a $10 bill in 1982: $26.74

What you can buy in 2018: 24 toothbrushes

A pack of Oral-B adult toothbrushes cost $25.99 at Smile Makers. In 1982 dollars, $10 covers the cost of a single pack of toothbrushes after inflation.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1983: $25.78

What you can buy in 2018: A “Make America Great Again” hat

If you want a Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” hat that was made in America, you’re going to pay more than from Chinese manufacturers. An American made hat goes for $24.99 on Etsy. In 1983 dollars, $10 would buy you the red hat with some change left over.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1984: $24.74

What you can buy in 2018: 2 bottles of wine

A bottle of Kendall Jackson Reserve Chardonnay runs $11.99 on In 1984 dollars, $10 would buy you two bottles of “America’s No. 1 selling Chardonnay.”




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Value of a $10 bill in 1985: $23.90

What you can buy in 2018: A 12-pack of Coke

Coca-Cola was around 100 years before 1985. In 2018, a case of 12 cans retails for $4.68 on Amazon. In 1985 dollars, you could buy five cases for $10 with change left over.





Value of a $10 bill in 1986: $23.01

What you can buy in 2018: 3 giant Hershey’s bars

If a regular size Hershey Bar is too small for you, fear not. A 3-pack of 7-oz. Hershey Bars retail for $22.73 on In 1986 dollars, $10 would have kept your sweet tooth under control with some change to spare.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1987: $22.67

What you can buy in 2018: An alarm clock

Most people require some sort of alarm to wake up in the morning. An LED alarm clock with the weather and a dimmer retails for $20.77 on Amazon. In 1987 dollars, you could see the weather and snooze at the same time for $10, with some pocket change left over.





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Value of a $10 bill in 1988: $21.79

What you can buy in 2018: 2 movie tickets

The average cost of one movie ticket in the US is $9.38, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In 1988 dollars, $10 would cover the cost of two tickets.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1989: $20.82

What you can buy in 2018: 30 rolls of toilet paper

If you’re shopping for toilet paper, you have your pick in 2018. The cost of 30 rolls of Scott 1000 toilet paper costs $19.98 at your local Walmart. In 1989 dollars, $10 would give you some wiggle room for taxes, but doesn’t upgrade you to additional ply toilet paper.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1990: $19.79

What you can buy in 2018: A 12-pack of Red Bull

In 2018, a case of 12 Red Bull Energy Drink sells for $19.69 on Amazon. In 1990 dollars, $10 would buy a 12-pack.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1991: $18.73

What you can buy in 2018: Tide Pods

Doing laundry is a costly life chore. In 2018, 72-count pack of Tide detergent pods retails for $17.97 on Amazon. In 1991 dollars, a consumer could purchase Tide pods for $10 and have some change left over.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1992: $18.26

What you can buy in 2018: 2 bottles of nail polish

The first Essie nail polish formula was released in 1980, and has remained one of the most popular polish brands since. A fresh bottle of a newly released Essie color retails for $9. In 1992 dollars, $10 would buy you two bottles with a little change left over.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1993: $17.68

What you can buy in 2018: A 24-pack of water

Water is a human necessity and when it’s bottled and labeled, the price increases. In 2018, a case of 24 Poland Springs water bottles costs $17.23 on Amazon. In 1993 dollars, $10 would cover 24 bottles.





Value of a $10 bill in 1994: $17.25

What you can buy in 2018: A pregnancy test

Pregnancy tests were available in the mid 90s and developed its efficiency in recent years. A Walgreens brand digital pregnancy test costs $16.99. In 1994 dollars, $10 could afford one pregnancy test.





Value of a $10 bill in 1995: $16.78

What you can buy in 2018: 200 Advil tablets

A 200-count bottle of Advil costs $16.66 on Amazon. In 1995 dollars, $10 could afford one bottle of the painkiller, with a bit of change left.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1996: $16.33

What you can buy in 2018: 4 bottles of Kombucha

Health Ade Kombucha is big in 2018 and one bottle retails for $3.99 on Target. In 1996 dollars, $10 would afford you four of the pomegranate-flavored health drinks.




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Value of a $10 bill in 1997: $15.85

What you can buy in 2018: A 10-pack of condoms

In 2018, a pack of 10 latex Trojan BareSkin condoms costs $15.49 at Walgreens. In 1997 dollars, $10 would buy one pack.


Value of a $10 bill in 1998: $15.60

What you can buy in 2018: 5 hand sanitizers

A single Purell dispenser costs $3 at Office Depot. In 1998 dollars, $10 buys a consumer five hand sanitizers.





Value of a $10 bill in 1999: $15.35

What you can buy in 2018: 18 pairs of men’s socks

Socks will never go out of fashion. Men’s ankle socks retail for $14 at Walmart. In 1999 dollars, $10 would cover an 18-pack of socks, plus sales tax.




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Value of a $10 bill in 2000: $14.94

What you can buy in 2018: 3 pints of ice cream

A pint of Ben and Jerry’s classic Phish Food ice cream costs $4.79 on In 2000 dollars, $10 would buy three tubs of ice cream.




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Value of a $10 bill in 2001: $14.40

What you can buy in 2018: 12 Post-it pads

A colorful collection of Post-it notes costs $13.99 at Staples. In 2001 dollars, $10 would buy a pack of 12 pads of various colors with change to cover sales tax.


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Value of a $10 bill in 2002: $14.24

What you can buy in 2018: A Netflix subscription

The cost of a premium Netflix subscription, offering streaming on four separate screens, cost $13.99 a month in 2018. In 2002 dollars, $10 would cover the cost of a monthly premium subscription with some change left over.





Value of a $10 bill in 2003: $13.88

What you can buy in 2018: A 3-ring binder

Back-to-school shopping is costly. A heavy-duty three ring binder at Staples costs $12.99. In 2003 dollars, $10 would buy a student one binder with some change leftover for paper.




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Value of a $10 bill in 2004: $13.61

What you can buy in 2018: 4.5 gallons of gas

The cost of gas fluctuates often. The average cost per-gallon currently is $3, according to CNBC. Using 2004 dollars would cover 4.5 gallons of gas.




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Value of a $10 bill in 2005: $13.22

What you can buy in 2018: A 100-pack of hair ties

Most women would say hair ties are a necessary buy. In 2018, a package of 100-count Scunci elastic hair ties costs $6.46 at Walmart. In 2005 dollars, $10 would afford a consumer two packs.





Value of a $10 bill in 2006: $12.72

What you can buy in 2018: 1 share of GE stock

As of September 18, you can own one share of General Electric stock for $12.66. In 2006 dollars, you could have bought that share with a $10 bill.





Value of a $10 bill in 2007: $12.46

What you can buy in 2018: 5 boxes of spaghetti

In 2018, a 32-oz. box of Barilla spaghetti costs $2.42 on Amazon. A customer could purchase five boxes of spaghetti for $10 in 2007 dollars.




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Value of a $10 bill in 2008: $11.95

What you can buy in 2018: 48 ounces of ground coffee

In 2018, a 48-oz. jar of Folgers Classic Roast ground coffee retails for $11.68 at Walmart. In 2008 dollars, a coffee consumer could buy one jar and have some change left for sales tax.





Value of a $10 bill in 2009: $11.94

What you can buy in 2018: A 12-pack of Sharpies

Today, a box of 12 Sharpies retail for $11.79 according to Staples. In 2009 dollars, $10 would cushion a buyer for sales tax.





Value of a $10 bill in 2010: $11.64

What you can buy in 2018: 2 PSLs

In 2018, Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks cost around $5. In 2010 dollars, $10 would afford you two PSL treats with room to make it a Grande.


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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard




Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.


However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
SEE ALSO: Working from home could be blessing in disguise for persons with disabilities
Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard




President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health




Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.


Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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