It's wild to think back on what many aspects of life used to be like back in the day compared with now — but especially when it comes to the price of things and the cost of living. I found this Reddit thread where u/zombiem00se asked, "What was normal 20 to 30 years ago but is considered a luxury now?" Buckle up, because some of these responses really had me scratching my head like, "Whoa, how times have changed!"
Andreas Von Einsiedel / Getty Images
"New furniture made out of real wood."
Dean Mitchell via Getty Images
"Owning the software you purchased."
Fertnig via Getty Images
"Not being expected to be reachable 24/7."
Thomas Winz / Getty Images
"Paying no more than 30% of your income in rent."
Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management
"Concert ticket prices."
Judy Davidson via Getty Images
"Single-income families buying a home."
timnewman via Getty Images
"Good-quality fabric in clothing. I have clothes from the '90s (and '80s from my mother) that still hold up today. These days, I'm lucky if my shirt isn't saggy and misshapen within a year."
Hinterhaus Productions / Getty Images
"Being able to afford going out every Friday after work."
FreshSplash via Getty Images
"Items not requiring a subscription each month."
Marius Corbeanu / 500px via Getty Images
"Household products that don't break within the first few years of use. My grandma had the same fridge from 1993 before deciding to switch to a newer, bigger one two years ago. My mom's wedding cookware is still going strong 25 years later, but whenever she needs new pans, they start flaking Teflon into the food within a few months."
Andrew Merry / Getty Images
"Legroom on an airplane."
Crystal Bolin Photography via Getty Images
"Family vacations. I remember going on road trips regularly as a kid and even flying once or twice. Now that I have kids, I cannot afford a weeklong trip to the Badlands, Grand Canyon, Disney/Universal Studios, etc. The best I can do is a day trip to the Wisconsin Dells maybe once a year."
Hispanolistic via Getty Images
"Free driver’s education classes taught in all high schools."
Westend61 / Getty Images/Westend61
"Apartments. I could get a one-bedroom apartment in Wisconsin back in 1997 for under $500. Now that same apartment is at least $2,000."
lechatnoir via Getty Images
"Meals on domestic flights."
andreswd via Getty Images
katleho Seisa via Getty Images
"People making friends with one another purely because they enjoy their companionship and not because of networking."
D3sign / Getty Images
"Drinking water from the tap without filters and softeners."
Olha Dobosh / 500px via Getty Images
"Clothing and shoes that last more than a year with regular wear."
skynesher via Getty Images
"Being able to dance and have a good time without having the risk that it will end up being recorded and put on social media."
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.