How much did it cost to live 30 years ago? To accurately answer this question, we've taken a look through our archives at adverts which appeared in the Burton Mail three decades ago, way back in 1987.

Cars were certainly on par with today's prices as the adverts show a new BMW 750IL seven-series cost a whopping £53,000 and used Vauxhall Astras were still fetching between £4,000 and £6,000.

If you had £53,000 burning a hole in your pocket in 1987, instead of buying a BMW, you could instead put your money towards a new home – or two.

Savvy shoppers at Burton Market in 1987
Savvy shoppers at Burton Market in 1987

A new property at Knights Thorpe, in Stretton with four bedrooms and two bathrooms was advertised at £55,950 or you could live in a four-bedroom house in Tutbury for a shade above £45,000. Meanwhile the average terraced house in Burton was priced between £15,000 and £22,000.

If it was a new cooker you wanted then a double gas oven by Cannon would cost £506 with a standard New World cooker priced around £200. A new quality suit from Ellis could easily be snapped up for £60 with school uniforms at John Justin, of Station Street, Burton, selling at £11.99 for the blazer and £5.99 for the trousers.

Lounge suites were quite expensive in comparison with most costing between £600 and £800 at Kashoff, in Borough Road, while a fully-fitted oak kitchen from Magnet was quite a bargain at around £675.