I am constantly amazed at the number of people who honestly believe that precooked foods (whether restaurant or supermarket) are cheaper than raw ingredients and cooking. The latest bit of propaganda reinforcing this misinformation is a fast-food fried chicken commercial: a suburban white-lady-mama and her two kids attempt to shop for equivalent ingredients to make a fried chicken dinner, and they (gasp!) quickly bust their budget and retreat to the discount option, food cooked by someone else. I’m beginning to understand the origins of the sub-prime mortgage crisis: Americans are financially illiterate.
Obviously, it is complete hogwash. If Americans actually believe this, math skills must be at an all time low, along with homemaking skills. Pictured is last night’s entree at my house: a $4 chicken, roasted over a beer can, served with tomato-basil bruschetta and grilled asparagus. Total cost of this meal was $6.75, it produced enough food (and calories) for five adults. If I bought the chicken already roasted from the supermarket, the cost would have increased from $4 to $6.75 (or $8.99 at Whole Foods).
Maybe home economics should be a mandatory class in Louisiana, ’cause students clearly aren’t learning much from free enterprise/economics.