I started loading when I was still in high school (1952) using my gunsmith friend/mentor's equipment. Primers were $1/box. That price held for many years.
I, too, stocked up on primers @ $80/5000 and still using those primers today, as well as several flavors of $125/8# jugs of powder, thanks to Bill Clinton.
If what's ahead scares you & what's behind hurts you,look up; He never fails you.
If My people will humble themselves, pray, seek My face & turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven & will forgive their sin & heal their land. 2 Chron 7:14