What has changed since Mother’s Day 1962?

In 1962, PennySaverUSA was born! And this year being our 50th anniversary, we had to ask ourselves, “What has really changed since Mother’s Day 1962?”

The answer: a lot! From 1962 to 2012, moms have adapted and flourished during drastic changes, from technology, to increased prices, to new pop culture. You’d be surprised how 50 years has gone by so fast, yet changed so much.


Inflation has really affected haircuts over the last 50 years.

Check it out:

  • A majority of moms in 1962 named their kids Michael and Lisa (Wedding Vendors); today it is Jacob and Isabella for the most popular baby names (Wonder where those names came from?).
  • Shoes cost $1.80 in the 60′s (Talk Finance); Today, shoes average $73.25 (Numbeo).
  • Moms from the 60′s had just started wearing sportswear, since at-home clothing was a new fashion trend entering the scene (Paperpast Yearbook). Today, sportswear has exploded! Adidas, the second largest sportswear manufacturer company in the world, has generated $567 million in net income (Wikipedia).
  • A women’s haircut was $3 in 1962; today it ranges from $40 -$100 (Flashback 1962).
  • During Mother’s Day in 1962, moms would most likely be swooning over good-looking President John F. Kennedy; today, moms find themselves captivated by actor Bradley Cooper (named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine).
  • The chocolate your kids would buy you for Mother’s Day would cost them 5 cents in 1962, whereas today it’s roughly $1 (Bit Rebels).
  • Popular mom-loved icon Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 (Pop Culture), just starting out her career, and this year Michelle Williams was nominated for an Oscar in her role as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn.”
  • Moms in Roseville, Minnesota, were able to shop at the just-opened Target (Pop Culture). Today, Target operates nearly 1,770 stores in 49 states and 250 SuperTarget stores (Target).
  • Moms in the 60′s could be caught reading Life Magazine while soaking in their tubs (Hubpages). Life Magazine met its end in the 80′s, and today the most popular women’s magazine is Better Homes and Gardens (based off circulation numbers on Wikipedia).
  • In 1962, you’d find mom crooning to Elvis’ “Return to Sender” (Music VF) on her new audio cassette. Nowadays, you’d find her singing to Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” on her iPod (Billboard).

One thing that hasn’t changed throughout the years is the warm heart and beautiful soul of all moms (even if your own mom drives you nuts).

Happy Mother’s Day! To 50 years of being fabulous.

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2 Responses to “What has changed since Mother’s Day 1962?”

  1. the only four letter word ending in e.n.y is DENY

  2. I love pet adoptions! Hoping to adopt a dog soon.

    BTW, my trivia answer is “deny”.

    thank you!


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