Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Here's the scoop.
Times are tough and I thought I should buy some hamburger instead of trying to buy chops or steaks or more chicken, since everything is so expensive.
I remember buying 3 to 5 lbs packages of ground chuck, bringing it home and separating it into individual packages and freezing it for future use. So when I went shopping last weekend that's what I planned to do.
I went to the meat section and looked for the "family packs" which are usually 3 to 5 lbs packages. Well, there were none that small. The smallest package was 8 plus pounds. That's 8 pounds at $3.49 a pound. So one "family pack" of 8 plus pounds of ground chuck (not extra lean, or sirloin, or ground round) would have cost me $33!!
Can anyone see what's wrong with this picture?
The staple of us po' folk. Hamburger, which can be stretched seven ways from Sunday to feed a hungry family with 4 kids (or more). Hamburger, which people think of as a cheap meal meat. Hamburger is $33.
Tell me how far $100 goes if you buy milk - 1 gallon is now about $3.59 on average. Bread, cheap squishy perservative filled white bread, is $1.09 a loaf. Eggs are still relatively cheap at around a dollar a dozen for medium grade A. Butter is between $2.99 and $3.59 a pound. Lunch meats from the deli are costly - $6 a pound for roast beef on special. Bologna is $4.99 a pound sliced from the deli. If you want pre packaged meat it's cheaper, but the packages are also only 12 oz. not a full pound. So how is it that we are supposed to buy food plus the other necessities of life, fruits, veggies, rice, and other food staples, plus sanitary products, soaps, deoderetns, dental products, etc. when you have to shell out 1/3 of your grocery budget for hamburger?
Am I the only person who sees something amiss?
Our president tells us there are more jobs and the economy is great.
Can someone tell me what planet the man is broadcasting from?