Skip to comments.Hipsters on Food Stamps
Posted on 11/11/2012 5:42:54 PM PST by huac
"...Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric...Magida, a 30-year-old art school graduate...shes used her $150 in monthly benefits for things like fresh produce, raw honey and fresh-squeezed juices from markets near her house in the neighborhood of Hampden, and soy meat alternatives and gourmet ice cream from a Whole Foods a few miles away..."
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30 pounds of rice ~ Kokuo Rose Yellow at 11.99 for a 15 lb bag
5 pounds of grits ~ prices all over the place, and there are of course other dried staples with variable prices ~ you really need to know how to shop.
When it comes to dried beans versus canned beans you need to compute shelf life and risk from pests against the marginally higher cost for cooked beans in a can. Some beans don't can well, some are great ~ you can prepare for a hurricane or other disaster with canned beans. We had two 4 foot snowfalls 2 winters in a row. I ate canned beans and sardines every day for a month ~ mostly blind while still recovering from eye surgery since everybody else was in California or somewhere else ~ and I was on my own.
I"d given my eyeteeth for a tortilla ~ so ever since i make sure i've got a 20 pak ~ usually about $1 to $1.50 ~ depending on the store and brand.
Don't eat wild mushrooms you don't know how to identify!
Us, too, Rb. Come by any time for kudzu soup and schadenfreude.
We are a carnivorous beast, not a vegetarian. Plants are supposed to be a vitamin rich garnish for our God mandated diet of fresh fish and dead deer and aurochs and boar.
It's as if you've been reading my son's Facebook posts.
"I don't want just any job. I want a job with ...". "Shut up, dumbass. You want a job with pay."
LOL!!! That’s funny...
“We will continue our weekly church contribution, but all extra giving is OVER.”
I won’t even give weekly anymore; the Church should have come out against ObamaCare from the get-go, not when they realized they would be paying for it as well.
I don’t doubt that this made all the difference in this election.
In short, you stretch a dollar if the dollar is yours to begin with. I see a lot of luxury items. By that, I don’t mean meat. Luxury is defined as what is high dollar value. I don’t see a lot of “off” brands being purchased as well. It is the name brand items that are way more expensive (for example, Del Monte vs the store brand ESPECIALLY if the store brand is on sale). I don’t like it either especially since I am the one that is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g every dollar.
It is, in a way ... but really funny will be if he doesn’t get a full set of good grades this semester, and I move two more little brothers into his room, as an obvious hint that he’d be happier on his own. “Golly, did Frank have another accident? Well, you were three once, you know ... and when did you say you were moving out?”
I’m right with you. Government insist upon doing the job in my stead with my money, in that case they can have it. Nobody in this country will starve, quite the contrary.
Exactly. They don’t sound in a hurry to get a paying job and just support themselves.
http://www.fpwmeats.com/products.php ~ this store supposedly regularly has rabbit available ~ they sell wholesale to the restaurant racket. I didn’t find it. however, there’s a site that suggests muskrat is or has been for sale regularly in other Fells point markets.
How about looking at it as a weapon. Break the back of the beast. Use Cloward Piven strategies against them.
It's not dissimilar to using social assistance money for regular belts of "medicinal" booze.
“In your face” quality... yes. It also suggests a real sense of comfort and security that even those of us with jobs don’t have. There’s no indication that they have any sense that they should be careful with this money, make it stretch, yes even unto Ramen. No sense that they have any fear that this money has its limits. If I were on assistance I’d be living on lentils and rice, hoarding every penny, and pretty much shaking with fear about the day it’s gone. Their absolute lack of shame or unease about it suggests that they have no idea what the situation is in this country, and no concern about the future. Yet these are people with advanced degrees... these are the “smart” people... right?
Have you ever seen an EBT user also using coupons?
The price of all grains has gone up way beyond historic levels the last 5 years ~ part of this is due to a massive drought in the United States and China ~ check the current extent at: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ Fortunately these things don’t happen all that often ~ maybe every 75 to 80 years.
I bought in bulk to avoid paying those big prices, especially that rice price you quote.
Pintos can great.
If you like tortillas, it doesn’t cost much to keep a 5 pound bag of dry Masa Harina in the house, for those times when you are out of the store bought tortillas.
The foot and bike courier industry has similar economics, although on the other end of the age scale. They can pay out low because more than a few of their "independent contractors" are on welfare.
I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, you could rightly say that the owners of those companies are pulling a sharp deal. But on the other hand, those welfare recipients are really working at a real job.
If you put a little bit of crushed pepper in the mix it tastes like a wheat flour product.
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