pjvj (pjvj) wrote,

Gratitude Project - for having the funds to be able to afford food

Bloody hell! I went to the grocery store for stewing beef. I don't usually do the grocery shopping (and today's trip does not count as doing it) so I've not really kept track of how the prices have soared with fuel costs, immigration laws scaring away cheap help for harvesting and various other things that effect the cost. When I go I generally expect to spend a ton because I stop for organic/fair trade items, gluten free items, and fresh local organic produce. 

I did notice when checking the bank account that the grocery bill has increased, but the hubster doesn't appear to have aged each week when he returns so ..... I really didn't notice. Today - I noticed. Beef for stewing - the cheapest toughest cut of beef was outrageous. I stared. I looked around for the signage about "gourmet beef". I stared some more. WTF!?

"Ok," I thought, "I'll buy oxtail. It takes longer to cook, but .... I stared again. Oxtail only $1 cheaper per pound?? Oh hayel no. I bought a chuck roast at $1.20/lb less than the stewing beef because for a buck twenty a pound I have a butcher knife and I know how to use it." I was so shocked and so pissed I thought, "This family is lucky I am not doing the shopping or we'd be having Spam and Mac & Cheese." Yes, I understand how contrary that is to organic/fair trade buying sensibilities. But really .... over $5/pound for stewing beef? In Pittsburgh, home of the low cost of living??

I bet people who live in CA and NYC are starving. o_O So, I am grateful that even though I about fell over at the cost I was still able to buy what I wanted. And I am grateful that I don't live in a place with a higher cost of living. Gads.

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