What saved money in the USSR?
In this age of abundance and diversity can easily purchase any of your favorite thing - equipment, furnishings, cars and even homes. Those who have difficulty with large sums of money to the aid of a variety of loans and installments. And in the USSR to find scarce things were very difficult, and they had to accumulate, putting some of the money from each paycheck.
One good thing - the price then I very rarely, so it was possible to collect savings for a long time, without worrying that the cost of goods will increase. What was the subject of dreams of Soviet citizens? What they meticulously and methodically set aside savings?
"Keep money in the savings bank", - said the hero of the famous film. That's what the Soviet Union did. Savings book was available in every second family. they were even more often. Depending on the level of income, it could be based on tens, hundreds or thousands of rubles. On passbook saving money on shopping, family gatherings or just to "rainy day".
Small amounts set aside in the transistor or a bicycle. Average size contributions intended for the purchase of Czech headset, a refrigerator or a wool blend carpet. The most significant savings made for the purchase of a car or the entry into a cooperative.
The car was the most popular subject, which hoarded citizens of the USSR. Most important, he was even more important than an apartment, because it was a chance to get free, and the car gained only earned money. However, the right to buy had to be earned. In the queue were 7-10 years old, and there it could not everyone. Most often they are formed in enterprises, and followed them representatives of the trade union committees. There were unwritten laws - for example, the plant engineer has a much better chance of getting a car, than SRI employee or worker of trade. Pensioners and representatives of a number of professions in general it was impossible to purchase cars.
In the mid-'80s car prices varied in a serious range. The most affordable was "ZAZ-968M" - it cost 5600 rubles, and the most expensive "GAZ-24", for which it was necessary to pay 11,200 rubles. The average salary at the time was in the area of 180-200 rubles.
Stood in line and accumulated in the meantime the necessary sum, people received a postcard from automobile dealer and went to pick up his long-awaited "swallow".
The carpet in the apartment of Soviet citizens combines several functions. He decorated the wall, retains heat, creating additional noise isolation, was a sign of wealth in the family. Sometimes followed by a lack of wallpaper or hide their shortcomings. If hung on the wall carpet, and on the table was a crystal - it could safely assume that life is good.
considered the best carpets from Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Dagestan. Drove them from abroad - from Poland and Germany. The product is made of natural wool can be purchased for 60-80 rubles, while the average income of 120 rubles. The most valuable was a carpet with long, thick pile. The colors were different, but the design is identical - in the center of a major figure, diverged from him repeating pattern and contrasting edging on the edge of the article. Carpet is also standing in queues. The prestigious and richer was the carpet, the more difficult it was to buy it.
A large chandelier made of crystal with lots of hanging elements, horns and parts was a sign of prosperity, good taste and the availability of useful contacts. Chandelier Bohemian chic glass was present at that time. These chandeliers valued, they boasted.
With a certain frequency, this piece of furniture disassembled and washed, then gently back into place. In Soviet families it was a ritual to which each applies its hand.
Every Soviet family sought to get a TV. The best option was a big, colorful "Rubin-714." The TV was always in short supply. In all of them rose by an average of 3 years. Black and white TV cost in the 80 years from 200 rubles depending on its class.
This was also the average wage at the time. Color TV "Youth" can be purchased for 430 rubles for 450-470 rubles - a portable model "Electronics". Tube color television cost 700 rubles.
Beautiful sets for 12 people were a source of pride in the average Soviet family. They were exhibited at the table on major holidays and only for our dear guests. The most popular service was "Madonna". Imported from abroad, these sets fell to the commission. And then - in the sideboards of the Soviet people.
Interestingly, the quality of the images and stories themselves leave much to be desired, but the service was the epitome of elegance and sophistication to an era. Most often, service set for glass doors - so that dust does not leak, but it was all visible.
"The wall" of Yugoslavia
These cabinets - a kind of symbol of the time. They saved their money and stand in line. And if the "wall" was able to purchase, the lucky owners managed to put it even in the smallest apartment. Being the owner of Yugoslav furniture is very prestigious. Quality, appearance and functionality of the "walls" were on top, which adds to their value in the eyes of Soviet citizens.
Mink hat as a sign of prosperity.
Also in the Soviet people wanted to buy Finnish plumbing, refrigerators "Minsk" vacuum cleaner "Typhoon". Save money on jewelry, watches, French perfumes, radiograms and mink hats.