This is heartbreaking….but is it sad that the main thing that struck me was why, if Peggy lives in Winchester, does her phone number have the London area code?
Having recently spent a week in hospital in Winchester I can assure you that her number should have the 01962 code instead of 0207.
I shall return to lurking now!
Uh, where the fuck are these prices for.
I want a source.
Corn costs more than that here, and we can buy direct from the farms.
Milk costs more.
So does oatmeal.
I dunno much about the meat, but yep.
All of these things cost a lot more than what is listed here.
That, uh. That looks a little more like $35-$40 worth of groceries here. Are they seriously implying that corn is a quarter an ear? Because at any grocery store around here, I’m pretty sure it’d be nearly $10 for eight ears. Milk’s about $3.50. A pound of peaches would be about $4, depending on whether they’re in season or not. Chicken and beef both would be about twice what’s listed here. Ten pound bag of potatoes for three bucks? Yeah, no, try $8, at least.
Great Value is WalMart’s house off brand, right?
I mean, seriously, the prices I just listed are WalMart, at least, around here. I wanna know where the fuck you’re shopping that food’s that cheap.
I hate things like this. I swear to god, sometimes I think they go looking for prices ten years old and then put together a list like this just to shame people out of buying what they can afford. And while we’re talking about being able to afford things, how about being able to afford the time to actually cook those ingredients? What if you don’t have an oven? What if you’re living out of your car?
This kind of bullshit likes to pretend it’s offering cheap alternatives—in reality, it’s classist bullshit that’s shaming people for eating “unhealthy” food because it’s what they can afford. You know what’s actually healthy? Fucking having food to eat, period.
Well, exactly. Plus, what the hell are you going to make with this combination of foods? For example, you could make chicken and potatoes and peas—but with no seasonings? No sauce? No oil to brown the chicken? If you’re going to food-shame me, at least try to tempt me with something cheap and delicious, like a curry.
Not to mention, with my dietary restrictions, I couldn’t eat half of this stuff.
So, by today’s conversion rate that $19.54 is equivalent to £12.34. Hmmm.
As an experiment I did a rough calculation of how much this would cost me in the UK from my local supermarket. I had to approximate some of the comparisons because of the whole pounds/kilos thing. But roughly this would cost ME:
900g Chicken Breasts: £10.00
4.5kg Potatoes: £6.10
8 x Sweetcorn: £8.00
1 Punnet of peaches (not sure on weight but approx 5 per pack): £3.19
6.6 Pints Skimmed Milk: £1.74 (6 pints)
450g Lean Mince: £4.00
946g Fat Free Yoghurt: £2.40 (1Kg)
I couldn’t find what 18 Oz of oats was equivalent to but 1Kg is: £0.98
900g Frozen peas: £1.90
450g Kidney Beans: £0.67 (for 500g)
This Totals: £38.98 or $61.72 by today’s conversion rate.
So from what everyone has said this list and the total price is a lie in the US and elsewhere and its a damn lie here in the UK!!
(Disclaimer: The weights and measures are approximated and prices come from the Sainsbury’s website which is my nearest supermarket. I’m sure it would be a bit cheaper at Tesco’s or Asda but I wanted to accurately reflect MY options for food shopping)
EDIT: For that £39, I could go to Iceland and buy a weeks worth of fairly crappy frozen pizzas, nuggets etc that would feed my entire family. Would I prefer to only buy fresh fruit, veg and meat for my kids? Of course I would; Can I afford to do so? Not on your nellie! Basically yet again its a case of “Lets make the poorer people feel like crap, because they don’t have the budget to buy good, healthy, fresh food.” I refuse to feel bad, I do the best with what I have, and I challenge Jamie Oliver et al to feed my family on my budget and do a better job.
I’m so old, I still have my VHS copy of the Unplugged session I recorded in 1993. I guard it with my life!
Three weeks ago I was dumped with no warning by my partner of 16 years, who is the father of my two children.
This song could not be more appropriate.
Chris Hemsworth, grades 5/6. You can see his name in both of the middle pictures.
Aw…Bless his little cotton socks. Somewhere in my house I have a couple of my yearbooks with pictures of Sam Worthington in grade 10 & 11. He had a mullet, so it seems cruel to scan them and release them onto the net though.
(On a completely unrelated note, he was in Grade 5 in 1994??? Man, I’m getting old. I left school in 1993…..I need a drink.)
I would (probably quite literally), give my right arm to have a Polar Bear as a family companion. I am not naive, I know that they are “untameable” and should not be in any form of captivity, but…. I want one!!
Can you imagine a cold-caller or salesperson being confronted with a Polar Bear after knocking on your door? It would beat any dog when it comes to stranger intimidation.