this is what i just picked up from the grocery store. it cost $32. Thirty. two. dollars. for 1 pineapple, 2 bags of grapes, a small container of raspberries, 1 soft drink and 2/$1 nuts….
do you know how much junk food i could have for $32? do you have any clue how much McDonald’s you can get for $32?
stop shaming fat people poorer than you or people poorer than you in general for not eating healthier. stop lying about how cheap it is or how it’s comparable to fast food. just stop.
As a parent of two children, who are in reality two dozen Amazonian fruit-bats in human child costumes, and who is self-employed: I feel your pain. Every trip to the grocery to feed two dozen growing fruit-bats for a week, who expect fresh fruit and vegetables besides those which come in our CSA box every other week runs easily $140-200 EVERY WEEK. This is never extravagance. This is just the basics. Buying extras pushes that budget higher.
The bulk of this is buying produce.
We make our own bread and biscuits to cut down on bread costs (50LB bags of flour what?what?!). We buy as much from the bulk bins to cut down on prepackaged costs as possible. Kir makes fake sausage and chicken in bulk to cut down on protein intake costs. We make nearly everything from scratch to save costs when and where we can (and where it makes sense). We even brew our own beer on the weekends to cut down on booze costs.
But our food budget is still getting higher and ridiculously higher due to produce and our habit of eating food that isn’t going to kill us.
Just purchasing REAL FOOD that isn’t super processed mega garbage runs that much every week, which is supplemented by our own home garden which we put real effort, time, and money into as well!
Honestly people, if you are able to afford real food it is either a fucking privilege, a miracle, or a hard fought priority in your budget and you’re going short somewhere else.