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CHOICE sounded an ominous note in its in-depth report, “Unemployment: A Survival Guide For Your Daughter, Your Son… Or Yourself.” As a further sign of troubled times, we featured “Elusive Sleep: What To Do About Insomnia.” “Is marriage going out of fashion?” we asked. “While costs have escalated, tradition has remained the same – it’s the bride’s day and her parents must pay… A case of here comes the bride and there goes $12,000.” ACA got its skates on: “In the US, the rollerskating craze has reached such proportions that it has glossy magazines. Australia is heading into a similar boom. Rinks have multiplied from a handful to well over a hundred.” We surveyed supermarket prices. “You may be able to save up to 20% at the checkout. We surveyed prices at 66 supermarkets around Australia… we hope this will be an annual survey of grocery prices in Australian supermarkets.” In a comparison between regions, Sydney supermarkets emerged the cheapest. First-home buyers were finding it tough. “This was particularly true in Sydney last year when middle-income homes were rising by $1000 a month,” we wrote in a special two-part report.
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Video: 50th Anniversary - 1980s
The third in our five-part series looks at CHOICE through the 1980s.