I noticed a topic posted and then withdrawn. However, because the title so intrigued me, I did a little bit of research and found this: ‘Why Budget Tips are Useless for Low-Income Families’ and I have to say, it really contributes something essential to some fairly tiresome debates.
Namely, ‘The often overlooked reality is that it’s actually not simple for many people, especially low-income parents and other caregivers. Obstacles like unpredictable shift work, unreliable appliances, lack of easy access to fresh food and the very high expectations of modern parenting can make budget cooking (and thus, any fresh home cooking) downright unreachable. For those folks, there’s simply not enough time to prep inexpensive staples from scratch, and not enough money for time-saving market solutions afforded to others.’
I know I have grown weary of those Michael Pollan styled critiques of all the ways people eat and the advocacy for forms of simplicity and affordability that ignore the hidden associated costs. This involves ignoring the realities of food apartheid (the term for food deserts that recognises the systemic and structural aspects rather than naturalising with some idea of accidental landscapes) which not only curtail accessibility but which require additional time and transportation resources. It also involves ignoring the realities of how not everyone has access to or space for working appliances and equipment or storage.
If you’re like me, you might appreciate a link that says what needs to be said so that you don’t have to write it all up yet again when someone smugly announces how low cost their home made dinner made from items carefully picked up from 10 farmers markets, 3 supermarkets and their home gardens were-- not to mention healthful etc. It drives me crazy that people cannot comprehend the realities of what it means to be poor. Of course, I doubt those people would read this, but at least it’s a link and not a fully and carefully crafted essay you wrote hoping to clearly communicate ideas to someone who is just ready to blame the poor for everything they face.