Sent to you by moya via Google Reader:
Grocery prices in CT as of Jan. 13, 2011:
- Morningstar Grillers Burgers: $3.50 (on sale)
- 1 lb 96% lean ground beef: $4.89 (for 93% lean beef)
- 16 oz. cashews: $5.39 (for 15 oz.)
- 1 lb strawberries: $3.49 (for 16 oz.)
- 10lb potatoes: $7.98
- 1 gallon OJ: $3.99
- 1lb mixed frozen veg: $2.50
- 1 bunch broccoli: 79 cents (on sale)
- 1lb dried pinto beans: $1.79
Except for the Morningstar thingies (why are they even on there?), everything I picked was the cheapest, generic brand and some of the items were on sale. And this person's groceries don't include staples like milk, bread, eggs, butter/oil, sugar, flour, spices, coffee/tea. It's a completely unrealistic list. And as others have pointed out, this bunch of groceries don't even make sense as a single meal replacement. Unless you're into orange juice-marinated meatballs with cashew crust and potato-strawberry-broccoli salad.
These groceries also don't include things like baby food, diapers, cleaning supplies, and all those other non-food things that people have to buy. I guess it didn't occur to the jerk who made this infographic that the person buying that fast food meal might have spent all his/her extra money on bus fare, diapers, and school supplies. And that's putting aside the issue of food deserts and people not having the time, ability, or energy to cook for themselves. Ugh. I hate assholes who confuse good fortune and privilege with thriftiness and smarts.
Reblogged for commentary.
Ahhh…phew! I saw that pic and was filled with white-hot ragey rage. But I see y'all got it covered. Good show, tumblr. Good show!