Everything about this is hilarious and good, except for one glaring omission: Chocolate produced by the companies referenced in this story is produced by slave labor, under miserable and violent conditions. Regardless of the sugar-to-fat ratio of the bar, savvy global-northern consumers should educate themselves about how their shopping choices directly affect people living in the southern half of the globe, and make changes accordingly. No one needs to die for us to have cheap candy. Seriously. That's nuts. (Google chocolate slavery to learn more.)
@Benny Profane Not only is your comment poorly written and riddled with improper punctuation, and not only is your tone presumptuous and condescending, and not only is your logic invalid and your argument weak, but also you are just completely incorrect and obviously speaking outside of your depth. If you'd had a childhood anything like the one described here, you'd know that we are the people who care the MOST about our education and career ambitions. We are the people sitting in the front of the classroom furiously taking notes and caring about every grade. We are driven by a special kind of fire. This is because of the reason explained by the very title of this piece (so you also get an F for reading comprehension): we are determined (moreso than others who've never experienced it)not to be poor. After living a life of misery based on other people's terrible life choices, you make sure to NEVER be dependent on anyone else's life choices again. Granted, this is typically true only of people who manage to escape early childhood with a modicum of self-efficacy, and many don't. But many, many of us do, and we demonstrate resilience like no other. Take a class on Risk and Resilience if you truly want to understand more about how/why this happens. And drop that "young lady" crap, please. It's just awful.
Fucking hell(Am I allowed to say that here?). I agree, you shouldn't have to do any of those things. You shouldn't have had to put up with the shit you put up with as a child (from your tone I gather you know that). But you did anyways, and it sounds like you've done a badass job of it. So I guess if you have to keep doing shit you shouldn't have to do because of your family, you will probably do a badass job of that, too? And then you will write strong and candid things about it after. I enjoy and admire your spirit, and suspect that not many things/situations could compel you to buckle and give up. So cheers to you, lady.
@Tuna Surprise I can't tell if you are being serious? Because I can't think of a single reason why any store should get away with charging 400% more than what an item is worth.
Yeah, I vote for purchasing sustainable products. There are some super cheap recycled tp brands out there, and no, they aren't quilted and made from cotton (?!), but they work for wiping waste off of your undercarriage. Which, why the hell do you need a cotton quilt for that? You are literally buying this product to throw it away.
I live below the poverty line, but I don't think that means I can't have real food. Does only the "middle class" get grapes and cucumbers and...snacks? I mean, I get that you feel you are blowing money on restaurants; I think we all do sometimes. But if you are saying that you only spend $360 a month on all of your food and beverage, well, that's still not very much. It certainly doesn't strike me as "irresponsible for someone not in the middle class." I mean, think about applying that concept beyond yourself to all the other poor people in the world. Are you saying we aren't supposed to eat nice food? We can only eat rice every day and spend like 30 cents per meal? And if you aren't comfortable applying that standard to others, then why the double standard? At 21 meals per week you are spending like $4.30 per meal. How much does that have to be cut down to be responsible for a person who is poor? It's an interesting concept, but I think that food is not actually the place to cut spending. Buy food. Buy good food. Enjoy eating it. Don't buy new purses or shoes if you are on a budget, but buy lots of food. Really.
People think $360 a month is too much to spend on groceries? Including drinks?!!! That's $90/week. That's $12 a day. I know I can cook delicious meals at home for about $3 a meal, and if I cooked all three meals every day that'd be $9/day. But if I want something that costs more than $3( like a piece of salmon for dinner), or I don't have time for breakfast and I grab something on the road...I'm spending $12 a day EASY. Who thinks that is too much? Where do you live that food is so cheap? What on earth is wrong with buying grapes, celery, cucumbers, and carrots??? Am I the only person who is seriously confused by this?