February 28, 2019
Greetings Laff Lovers,
I saw a 'tweet' by Gwyneth Paltrow today that had me amused, annoyed and depressed all at the same time. For the sake of personal indemnity I should point out that I was actually reading an article about stupid tweets, as I do not have a Twitter account myself.
Anyway, the tweet read, 'This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store--what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week.' And below it was kind of a bizarre picture.
The image included: a dozen eggs, something that looks like bok choy, parsley, a sweet potato, a clove of garlic, frozen peas, some onions, 2 or 3 limes, an avocado, a jalapeno pepper, and a package of flour tortillas.
Clearly Gwyneth has never been a college student working for $5.75/hour scrubbing pots and pans in the school cafeteria, or she would have a better idea how to stretch a dollar.
First; people with families can qualify for a lot more than 29 bucks, but let's just take 29 dollars as the base supplemental nutrition allowance for an individual.
Someone with only $29 is not going to blow it on calorie light foods. Especially trendy, specialty foods like bok choy (unless they are a complete idiot).
So for the fun of it I looked up some food prices and did a little budgeting to see if I could feed myself for a week with $29. Note: I rounded all the prices I found UP to take taxes into account.
Here is what I came up with:
- Box of breakfast cereal: $5.50
- 1/2 gallon milk: $1.50
- 7 bananas ($.50 each at Dunkin' Donuts): $3.50
- 10-pack Quaker instant oatmeal (raisins & spice): $3.00
- Dozen eggs: $2.50
- 12-pack of Ramen noodles: $4.
- 4-pack tuna (Chicken of the Sea): $3.00
- Loaf of bread: $3.00
- 1 lb. deli meat: $2.00
- Head of lettuce: $1.50
Total: $29.50 (I guess I'll have to hang out in the grocery store parking lot to scrounge the last fifty cents)
Every day I can have a bowl of cereal and a banana for my breakfast.
For lunch I can have some delicious raisin & spice oat meal (nice and healthy).
And for my dinners I can have egg drop soup (a simple combination of an egg or two stirred into a cup of Ramen noodles), supplemented by a choice of either a ham or tuna sandwich with fresh, crisp lettuce.
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Or, if I wanted to get creative, I could mix the Ramen with the tuna for a bachelor's tuna casserole. Lots of delicious stuff you can make with Ramen.
I guess the point of this entire exercise is that Gwyneth Paltrow has no idea what it is like to live in the real world. I understand her point is to illustrate that $29 is not a lot of money, to her, maybe because she spent her youth blowing casting directors so she would not end up on food stamps.
But, if she suddenly did have to survive on $29/day, I bet she would learn the value of Ramen and canned tuna pretty darn quick.
Or, she could always go back to giving blowjobs for bok choy.
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