Definitely doesnt buy what it used to. I remember when someone who had £100 in the bank was doing very well for themselves. But what prompted this thread was filling my car up on the way home from work, I put exactly £100 in. I know it was exactly that as the pump cut off at that point. I only got 73 litres, but I think a bit more could have gone in. OK, I got over a thousand miles on that (1016) but even so it was a sobering moment, even for someone like me who is used to clocking up £600+ on a fuel pump.
It's really brought home to me the erosion of the purchasing power of money these days.
I recall filling the tank on an original Mini for under a fiver,and sulking when it was costing me £15(if I lifted the nozzle out & waited for the foam to disperse)I recently filled my latest car with diesel,and was starting to wonder if I actually had the means to pay so chickened out at £55,though it still did over 400 miles with the fuel guage still on half.I still find it slightly amusing how winter I get 43 MPG & as the weather warmed up it increased to (last check) 47 MPG. :)
I can remember taking £10 on my first holiday on my own for a weeks camping in Wales in 1973, by 1980 £100 spending money for a week in Greece was needed, around 1990 a £100 was only enough for a weeks camping in the Lakes, by 2000 £100 was enough for the annual test match weekend, but this weekend I'll need near on £100 a day at the test match.
Now I'm sounding like my dad... when I were a lad...!