Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
I think tracy raises a very valid point though wolf. A lot of people have lost the knowledge of how to shop cheap. So we have all these people who are suddenly out of work, and simply don't know HOW to do it without spending $1000 a month on food. They don't know what to do with flour, sugar, oil, and milk... they need to buy pre-made biscuits, just for an example.
The loss of jobs isn't the only problem, there's also the problem of an entire generation of people who don't know HOW to live poor. And those who still have jobs, who don't get what it means to stare at an empty fridge and try to figure out how to feed your family for a week on your last $10.
This was exactly my point. I haven't had to live really poor in almost a decade, but I have friends who have never had to do it. They're shocked that I would try to hang my own light fixture rather than call an electrician, or change my own locks. People don't know how to make food, sew a hem, etc. This economy is inspiring them to learn these skills once more and look at cutting other expenses (like internet, cell phones, cars, gas, etc). When you need to pay bills, no expense is sacred.
I'm no gourmet chef, but I can use raw ingredients to make food. With anything premade, you pay for the convenience. I do buy premade fairly often, but I haven't forgotten how to make things. The really expensive part in cooking your own food is investing in the starter stuff (flour, oil, spices, etc). Once that's done, you can cut back on spending significantly. People with yards have the advantage of being able to plant food as well. I grew up eating veggies fresh from the garden, not the supermarket. When asparagus is 2$ a lb, you can save a lot by growing your own. It all takes a lot of time though. That's the real problem IMO. People are tired after working and the last thing anyone wants to do with their limited spare time is tend a garden or make a meal from scratch.