Times are tough. People are losing their jobs! Most of us need to pay more attention to where our money is going because of the uncertainty about the near future.
When disasters happen, people often say:
Well, at least we’ve got our health.”
I think people need to make sure that they really believe that, and are not just saying something that sounds good to make themselves feel better, like they are attempting to look on the bright side.
Being healthy, and maintaining health should always remain a priority, and we should be especially diligent about paying attention to that in hard times!
I always think it’s rather odd when people I know brag to me about how inexpensive something they ate, or are about to eat, was. This doesn’t seem like something I would want to brag about.
Think about it like this: What’s the most common thought that someone has when discovering that a material possession they have that has broken, was inexpensive and/or cheaply made?
I guess you get what you pay for!”
Shouldn’t this phrase have ten-fold meaning when talking about food???
When I hear someone bragging that they bought a food product or a meal for “x” amount of money, and it seems relatively pretty cheap, I just CAN’T HELP but think about all of the resources that it took to plant, grow, harvest, produce, package, transport, market, and retail that item or meal, and wonder how it is possible that anyone is making any money off something so inexpensive! They do it by cutting costs every way they can, and often that means providing a sub-par product. Cutting costs when it comes to something I’m going to eat, does not sound good to me.
Cutting costs results in salmonella and e-coli contamination.
Cutting costs results in unsafe food temperatures during transportation.
Look… Modern transportation, refrigeration, and manufacturing has provided us with more and more food products daily, and at lower prices. This of course can be a good thing too! Produce is available year-round in most places. To me, that is convenience food.
I’m certainly not made of money, and I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be frugal at the grocery store too if we’re concerned about money. I’m just saying that maybe we should put a little more thought into it when picking our battles over what to spend our money on. Food choice is an important battle to think about.