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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.



Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’




Bank of Credit and Commerce International. August 1991. [File, Standard]

“This bank would bribe God.” These words of a former employee of the disgraced Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sum up one of the most rotten global financial institutions.
BCCI pitched itself as a top bank for the Third World, but its spectacular collapse would reveal a web of transnational corruption and a playground for dictators, drug lords and terrorists.
It was one of the largest banks cutting across 69 countries and its aftermath would cause despair to innocent depositors, including Kenyans.
BCCI, which had $20 billion (Sh2.1 trillion in today’s exchange rate) assets globally, was revealed to have lost more than its entire capital.
The bank was founded in 1972 by the crafty Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi.
He was loved in his homeland for his charitable acts but would go on to break every rule known to God and man.
In 1991, the Bank of England (BoE) froze its assets, citing large-scale fraud running for several years. This would see the bank cease operations in multiple countries. The Luxembourg-based BCCI was 77 per cent owned by the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  
BoE investigations had unearthed laundering of drugs money, terrorism financing and the bank boasted of having high-profile customers such as Panama’s former strongman Manual Noriega as customers.
The Standard, quoting “highly placed” sources reported that Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Zayed Sultan would act as guarantor to protect the savings of Kenyan depositors.
The bank had five branches countrywide and panic had gripped depositors on the state of their money.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) would then move to appoint a manager to oversee the operations of the BCCI operations in Kenya.
It sent statements assuring depositors that their money was safe.
The Standard reported that the Sheikh would be approaching the Kenyan and other regional subsidiaries of the bank to urge them to maintain operations and assure them of his personal support.
It was said that contact between CBK and Abu Dhabi was “likely.”
This came as the British Ambassador to the UAE Graham Burton implored the gulf state to help compensate Britons, and the Indian government also took similar steps.
The collapse of BCCI was, however, not expect to badly hit the Kenyan banking system. This was during the sleazy 1990s when Kenya’s banking system was badly tested. It was the era of high graft and “political banks,” where the institutions fraudulently lent to firms belonging or connected to politicians, who were sometimes also shareholders.
And even though the impact was expected to be minimal, it was projected that a significant number of depositors would transfer funds from Asian and Arab banks to other local institutions.
“Confidence in Arab banking has taken a serious knock,” the “highly placed” source told The Standard.
BCCI didn’t go down without a fight. It accused the British government of a conspiracy to bring down the Pakistani-run bank.  The Sheikh was said to be furious and would later engage in a protracted legal battle with the British.
“It looks to us like a Western plot to eliminate a successful Muslim-run Third World Bank. We know that it often acted unethically. But that is no excuse for putting it out of business, especially as the Sultan of Abu Dhabi had agreed to a restructuring plan,” said a spokesperson for British Asians.
A CBK statement signed by then-Deputy Governor Wanjohi Murithi said it was keenly monitoring affairs of the mother bank and would go to lengths to protect Kenyan depositors.
“In this respect, the CBK has sought and obtained the assurance of the branch’s management that the interests of depositors are not put at risk by the difficulties facing the parent company and that the bank will meet any withdrawal instructions by depositors in the normal course of business,” said Mr Murithi.
CBK added that it had maintained surveillance of the local branch and was satisfied with its solvency and liquidity.
This was meant to stop Kenyans from making panic withdrawals.
For instance, armed policemen would be deployed at the bank’s Nairobi branch on Koinange Street after the bank had announced it would shut its Kenyan operations.
In Britain, thousands of businesses owned by British Asians were on the verge of financial ruin following the closure of BCCI.
Their firms held almost half of the 120,000 bank accounts registered with BCCI in Britain. 
The African Development Bank was also not spared from this mess, with the bulk of its funds deposited and BCCI and stood to lose every coin.
Criminal culture
In Britain, local authorities from Scotland to the Channel Islands are said to have lost over £100 million (Sh15.2 billion in today’s exchange rate).
The biggest puzzle remained how BCCI was allowed by BoE and other monetary regulation authorities globally to reach such levels of fraudulence.
This was despite the bank being under tight watch owing to the conviction of some of its executives on narcotics laundering charges in the US.
Coast politician, the late Shariff Nassir, would claim that five primary schools in Mombasa lost nearly Sh1 million and appealed to then Education Minister George Saitoti to help recover the savings. Then BoE Governor Robin Leigh-Pemberton condemned it as so deeply immersed in fraud that rescue or recovery – at least in Britain – was out of the question.
“The culture of the bank is criminal,” he said. The bank was revealed to have targeted the Third World and had created several “institutional devices” to promote its operations in developing countries.
These included the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, a British-registered charity.
“It allowed it to cultivate high-level contacts among international statesmen,” reported The Observer, a British newspaper.
BCCI also arranged an annual Third World lecture and a Third World prize endowment fund of about $10 million (Sh1 billion in today’s exchange rate).
Winners of the annual prize had included Nelson Mandela (1985), sir Bob Geldof (1986) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989).
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Agricultural Development Corporation Chief Accountant Gerald Karuga on the Spot Over Fraud –




Gerald Karuga, the acting chief accountant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), is on the spot over fraud in land dealings.

ADC was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament Cap 346 to facilitate the land transfer programme from European settlers to locals after Kenya gained independence.

Karuga is under fire for allegedly aiding a former powerful permanent secretary in the KANU era Benjamin Kipkulei to deprive ADC beneficiaries of their land in Naivasha.

Kahawa Tungu understands that the aggrieved parties continue to protest the injustice and are now asking the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe Karuga.

A source who spoke to Weekly Citizen publication revealed that Managing Director Mohammed Dulle is also involved in the mess at ADC.

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Dulle is accused of sidelining a section of staffers in the parastatal.

The sources at ADC intimated that Karuga has been placed strategically at ADC to safeguard interests of many people who acquired the corporations’ land as “donations” from former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Despite working at ADC for many years Karuga has never been transferred, a trend that has raised eyebrows.

“Karuga has worked here for more than 30 years and unlike other senior officers in other parastatals who are transferred after promotion or moved to different ministries, for him, he has stuck here for all these years and we highly suspect that he is aiding people who were dished out with big chunks of land belonging to the corporation in different parts of the country,” said the source.

In the case of Karuga safeguarding Kipkulei’s interests, workers at the parastatals and the victims who claim to have lost their land in Naivasha revealed that during the Moi regime some senior officials used dubious means to register people as beneficiaries of land without their knowledge and later on colluded with rogue land officials at the Ministry of Lands to acquire title deeds in their names instead of those of the benefactors.

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“We have information that Karuga has benefitted much from Kipkulei through helping him and this can be proved by the fact that since the matter of the Naivasha land began, he has been seen changing and buying high-end vehicles that many people of his rank in government can’t afford to buy or maintain,” the source added.

“He is even building a big apartment for rent in Ruiru town.”

The wealthy officer is valued at over Sh1.5 billion in prime properties and real estate.

Last month, more than 100 squatters caused scenes in Naivasha after raiding a private firm owned by Kipkulei.

The squatters, who claimed to have lived on the land for more than 40 years, were protesting take over of the land by a private developer who had allegedly bought the land from the former PS.

They pulled down a three-kilometre fence that the private developed had erected.

The squatters claimed that the former PS had not informed them that he had sold the land and that the developer was spraying harmful chemicals on the grass affecting their livestock and homes built on a section of the land.

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Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua later issued a statement warning the squatters against encroaching on Kipkuleir’s land.

“They are illegally invading private land. We shall not allow the rule of the jungle to take root,” warned Mutua.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee recently demanded to know identities of 10 faceless people who grabbed 30,350 acres of land belonging to the parastatal, exposing the rot at the corporation.

ADC Chairman Nick Salat, who doubles up as the KANU party Secretary-General, denied knowledge of the individuals and has asked DCI to probe the matter.

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