This page gathers together various bits of information I have managed to acquire about the cost of living in the 18th century. Prices did vary over time and place and so should be regarded only as approximate.
Budget for a poor family
From 1734 we have the following weekly budget for a poor man, his wife and four children
|Roots, salt, sugar, etc||1 1/2d|
|Small and strong beer||4 1/2d|
|Soap, candles and thread||6d|
|Rent (2 rooms)||1s 6d|
|Total||3s 9 1/2d|
Rich Merchants and Traders
£400 - £600 per annum.
Expenses for a man, his wife, four children and a maidservant.
|Household expenses||£122 10s|