To everyone who says it’s too expensive to eat on a budget.
I love Twizzlers
Where the fuck are you people buying your food that it costs so little?!
tbh the people who made this probably shopped around for the BEST value even if it wasnt realistic for the average shopper
Great Value is an off brand that Walmart puts out. Some of their products are so poorly that you will pay more money to use them than you should (like their paper products, don’t even get me started on how their paper plates were awful in the microwave). Other products are okay, but that’s true for any off-brand in store kind of thing like Food Club at Marsh.
It’s clear that they went to Walmart and got the cheapest items, which there’s nothing wrong in, however, they forgot to tell everyone where they shopped, how they shopped, if they were looking at in store or online prices (because Walmart will not match their online prices). They also forgot to mention if they used any coupons while they were at it.
Also, I’m curious if they were using the Walmart prices for things like the Ore-Ida fries and Twizzlers or if they used a different store for those prices.
Another thing not taken into account here is the variability of fresh produce pricing. If something is in season it’s going to be cheaper. If it’s out of season, it’s going to be more expensive. When were these prices gathered? Were the strawberries in season? I have more questions than they have answers.
I mean yeah you can eat healthy on a budget, I do it a lot, but that’s one of the reasons I have so many questions.
This is also ridiculous because, if you’re shopping on a budget of $20, you’re not going to buy one brand-named pizza OR strawberries and a little bag of frozen veggies. You’re going to buy a $2 bag of chicken nuggets, a $1 bag of chips, store-brand baked beans for 12p a can (yes I’m mixing currencies), white bread for 50p a loaf… cheap food in bulk quantities, perhaps not the healthiest selection you could spend that money on, but you maximise the calories you can get per dollar. That’s how you feed a family when you’re struggling or failing to keep your head above the poverty line. That’s why ‘poor people are fat’ - you can make your money feed your children for an extra day or two if you choose the bag of chicken nuggets over the fresh chicken. That bag of twizzlers (assuming they’re the same nasty meat-ish things that show up in UK school dinners) could mean the kids won’t go to bed hungry tonight or tomorrow - comparing it to that packet of cranberries is fucking useless.
Unless, of course, this infographic is just a dig at people who eat fast food, which I suspect it might be. The examples given aren’t interchangeable. The ‘healthy’ option is a weekend or more worth of meals for those who have the time and facilities to prepare food from scratch. The ‘unhealthy’ options are convenience foods. You pay more to get food with minimal or no prep time, or food you can prepare with just a microwave or toaster.
It all depends who you are, of course. If you’re a single adult, it would probably be wise to choose the corn cobs over the chips, but if you’re raising a family on a budget, it is not at all ignorant to choose the most calorie-dense options in order to get the most meals out of your money.
And even if you are a single adult feeding no one but yourself… how about we all just stop telling other people what to fucking eat, eh?
Let us also discuss “food deserts”, and the fact that a large number of people on food stamps do not live withing walking or bus distance of anything resembling a supermarket. Wal-Mart is a suburban thing and often sited in places that require you to have a car.
Then there is the issue of whether your rock-bottom housing has a working stove and refrigerator, something many don’t, and whether there are rats that would eat food stored outside a refrigerator.