Often neglected is the fact is, sure, IF I had $100 all at the same time that I could spend on this food to buy it in bulk to reduce the cost. I know from personnel experiences, lot’s of time being poor means you’re living day to day. And in the States, man do we hate the poor…
We’re quite self-loathing that way.
Basically raised from birth that way it seems…
My wife’s current budget for groceries, is $75 a week. And we eat pretty well.
To accomplish this, you have to buy meat at 40 lbs and hit up Case Lot sales that you can get flats of canned veggies and fruits for 50c a can.
So true, I agree with you. Yes it is possible to feed a family of 4 for $75 a week. But to do that, one week will be $400-$500. But the next six weeks will be like $20.
Which brings up another point, what if you don’t have a car and have to take public transportation? Buying in bulk by definition means a lot, obviously, so now how to you get it home? Even if it doesn’t weigh a lot, it may be too bulky.
There’s lots and lots of intangibles about being financially behind the 8-ball that some sanctimonious Assholes never take into account.
A little empathy can go a long way…
I always seem to be trying to explain that to people. I live in a metro area of 680k that has only 17 bus routes that run from 6am to 7pm and not at all on Sundays. So people end up in food deserts only able to buy from convenience stores etc.
Yep. Then because if that’s all there is to eat, that’s what you’ll eat, and gee now you hear the comments such as “Look at that fat that poor person is. They must have plenty of money (welfare, of course…) to spend on snacks”.
Poor shitty food tends to lead to a poor shitty body over time…
Not to mention, shit food is cheap. $2 for a box of mac and cheese vs $8 (roughly) to make it from scratch? Just the noodles are $3 by themselves! Then don’t get me started on some of the produce…. sanctimonious assholes bitching about how people spend their food stamps can shove it… (for the most part)
I didn’t want to overwhelm my post but this is exactly right.
Let’s run a (I wish) hypothetical scenario where you have just yourself and just one small child, say three years old.
Money is really fucking tight.
Are you going to make choices of food that will fill your child’s stomach for say the next 48 hours, or are you gong to buy food that may be healthier but you get to buy one meal’s worth?
None of these fucker’s ever had to tell their kid that there’s no food to eat…
I’m not even sure I could get an Uber here, let alone a bus lol
Ya. Public transportation here in the states sucks!
You hit this on the head. My wife and I just went through an expense budget with a local organization, and they were all like yeah with your monthly pay checks you can cover all of this, and I was sitting there like, how does this break down to my 2 pay checks I get each month? What gets paid when? Yes, I can buy groceries for my whole family, but that means the bulk is bought at the beginning of the month and some of the bills don’t get paid at the end of the month, but at the beginning of the next due to due dates and when money is there. If we didn’t have my wife’s student loans we would be fine, and yes our foreign friends I know what you are going to say here.
Do they pay it out in 7 easy installments of $14.19 each day? That’s crazy. You definitely couldn’t do it like that.
You ask what seems to be a straw-man question and then you answer it yourself.
Perhaps you’d care to elaborate on your comment.
I’m afraid I either don’t follow you, or my sarcasm meter needs re-calibrating…
Yes, it was a joke. You said that if you could had the $100 all at the same time you could bulk buy and I thought it was funny because there is no way that it gets paid out in smaller installments. Not really straw man as I am not presenting an argument for or against anything just laughing at phrasing.
Well, then how do YOU think tipped workers get paid? You think their tips are all hoarded until payday (when they receive their $85.20 for a full 40 hours of work), or does it make more sense that they get to keep their tips at the end of each day, and some days they make barely $40?
Tipped workers make up 60% of the U.S. workforce, and a majority of our working poor are just such tipped workers.
I thought fat people were supposed to be funny.
Only men. Well, MOST men, you’ve clearly beaten the odds.
You sure ain’t chucklefuck
Here’s something I find to be very ironic about your avatar. The Original Green Arrow was based on Robin Hood, more or less. Sure, debate the nuances of it if you like, but basically the point still stands.
And now, just look at you, thread shitting in a comment section about how the poor have to suffer injustices…
Aren’t you the most precious little troll out there on the interwebs?
Ad hominem attack. Bad.
I disagree. Essentially Moby Dick over there knows that this was a joke, it may have fallen flat but thats what it was, it says it was right there… However the massive cunt that is Ara Raven took a dislike to me a while ago when I questioned whether having children was worth it during a particularly rough time. Since then she has adopted this faux offence, purely in order to be offended with me. Nothing offensive in that comment at all, yet she wanted to react as if there is, because she wants to pick a fight. So why should I not actually say something to offend that piece of shit? She’s going to react that way anyway. Fuck her and the four or so horses that she rode in on.
Christ on a cracker, you’re a such a sniveling little cunt who holds a grudge…
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
I like how he never responds to me directly even though I insult him freely.
I was nice the first time and I left him an out with his “Conservative Humor” (oxymoron, I know…) trolling comment to me and he took it, hook, line, and sinker.
Just another Schrodinger’s Douchebag…
I see no offense in her comment at all. I’m seeing some “take a dislike” here, but it’s not the way you think it is.
I made his for you to print out and hang on your refrigerator. Next time you feel like posting like a sniveling little conservative fuckwad take a look at it…
“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.
Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.
But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.
This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”
― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
Reminds of something a friend told me: “I’m too poor to buy cheap shoes”
I remember. My brother and I were kicked out when we were teenagers and we spent most of a year living on his one paycheck in a dingy, one-room converted garage. Rice, beef broth, and a cheap multivitamin each (a big splurge, that was). Old ratty washcloths for my menstrual needs, $2 bags of cheap tobacco for his nicotine needs. When our shower broke and we couldn’t afford to fix it, we even looked the part.
Our fault for being poor, right?
Yes; because you’re obviously not intelligent enough to avoid that situation. This quote used to be quite popular (at least from what I’ve read by Kurt Vonnegut) :
“If you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?”
So, not only fuck you cause you’re poor; but fuck you because you’re obviously stupid and you deserve to be poor.
It never ceases to amaze me how people will conflate wealth with intelligence..
Well, I manage to feed a family of one, with alcohol and booze, on a hundred a week…….
Knew a kid that his first year of college, ate nothing but cheap beer and ramen noodles
Dry rice and beans, eggs, ramen and hot dogs will help a lot as staples.
$100 a WEEK? That shit’s too rich for my blood….