@elizabeth.j that's fair, I wasn't thinking in terms of a direct tradeoff between paying for this month's prescription vs. organic kale. And programs like SNAP getting doubled at farmers markets is more valuable for someone in this situation than buying at Whole Foods. But it's still worth trying to get people to think about investing in themselves by getting them to think about healthy alternatives. It's in Whole Foods' self-interest, yes, but it's not to say it wouldn't do the general public any good eventually, either.
Another thanks for Meaghan, I've truly enjoyed your writing on here.
I had the same reaction! Only $2.99 for cage-free eggs?! I don't necessarily agree w/the first comment, though. "It costs more, but isn't it worth more" is about making an emotional argument for any purchase. I'm saving the longread for later, but I hope Whole Foods is able to clearly relate the 'it's worth more' argument to these citizens' health and wellness. It's hard to take care of yourself and justify additional expenses when you're bogged down with economic hardships, but if these expenses had a chance of keeping you energized day to day and lowering costs for say, cholesterol medication, wouldn't it be worth a try?
@samburger same for me! As a recent grad school alumn I know so many people with large amounts of student loans. We all make a good living, and certainly have enough to go to trendy bars and restaurants together, but those student loans are looming in the background. It's like we've all got our fingers crossed that our jobs stay around long enough for us to pay them off. Thank you for sharing this, Ester!
I loved this. It captures how I feel about Airbnb (conflicted), and many other sharing/service startups. Also I think you just explained the problem of (negative) externalities in a better way than my old econ books had.
@garli UCSF has some housing near their Mission Bay campus. I met some (medical) resident doctors who live near the ballpark and while they do pay rent, it is heavily subsidized by the school.
@MrDean agreed. The level of NIMBYism in SF that keeps the status quo is remarkable.
When I was in college I was told that retail/food service jobs were good experience for (certain) careers because you had to learn how to face customers. Maybe debt-collection jobs should be marketed to college kids as internship opportunities for learning how to negotiate. It could also teach them personal finance lessons.
"There’s something truly American about watching people flip houses with the housing crash still lingering in our recent memory." Love that.
On Fall Haul
I went shopping this weekend, which I'd been planning on for a while, but I did think about the Fall Fashion post while I was in the store :) For $260 I bought, all on sale: -jeans @ Madewell (got an extra discount for bringing in old jeans to donate/recycle) -cotton striped long-sleeve tee @ Banana Republic -wool & rayon mixed media v-neck sweater @ BR -leather flats @ BR I tried on a bunch of other stuff but they were trendier pieces and I figured, if I really wanted them, I could find them at lower price points elsewhere. BR also gave me coupons to come back and shop in a few weeks, buuut I think (I hope) I'm good for now.