listeme wrote: ↑Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:37 pm
Honestly, if you take your wife and two kids to McDonald's and you all get sandwiches or burgers, fries and a drink, you just spent $30 to $40. Ask me how I know (I don't eat McDonald's food). And if you give me $30 and turn me loose in a supermarket, I am going to cook a fabulous meal for four people, infinitely more healthy and delicious than what you just ate at McDonald's. And then I'm gonna put the other $10 or $15 in my wallet.
I mean, that assumes a lot of things. That you have a two-parent family. That you have TIME. That you are not in a food desert. That your family isn't in crisis. That you have electricity/running water. That you have access to a clean kitchen.
I hadn't even put any links in yet, about McDonalds or otherwise.
This is a real thing!
Yes it is, and anyone implying that it's easy to avoid fast (or processed) food in favor of cooked and healthy, is just compounding the problem.
You may think you're able to cook a healthy home cooked meal for 4 for $30, but are you factoring in all of the ingredients you don't have to purchase? Salt, flour, oil, butter, seasonings, condiments, milk....basically anything you grab out of the fridge or pantry. For many, many people trapped in fast food hell, there is no pantry to grab from, so everything they cook has additional costs. You can't buy 2 eggs, or 2 servings of butter, or a cup of oil, you have to buy the whole thing, and the smaller the container, the higher the price. To get the best price, you generally have to buy the larger sizes, and in a whole hell of a lot of places in the US, people with no vehicles are stuck in food deserts, so anything they buy has to be transported home on the bus and usually some amount of walking on both ends of the bus route, carrying those bags of groceries.
A McDonald's Quarter Pounder meal is $5.99.
Hamburger with cheese, onion, pickle, ketchup, mustard, sesame seed bun. French fries, soft drink.
You can bring the total up to $28 if you add 4 apple pies.
Current Kroger prices for hamburger, fries and soft drink.
1 lb store brand, 73% lean hamburger chub, on sale $3.29
Kroger brand sliced American cheese $4.19/lb, or Kraft singles 12 oz, $3.00
Yellow onions about 45 cents each, or a 3# bag for $1.79
Cheapest jar of hamburger dills $1.69, but you have to buy a 16 oz jar
Kroger brand ketchup $1.00
Kroger brand yellow mustard $0.79
Kroger brand sesame seed hamburger buns $1.59
2# bag Kroger brand frozen fries $1.79
Oil to fry the French fries in, Kroger brand 32 oz $1.77
2 liter Coke $1.65
Hostess apple pies $2.99
Add another $1.50 or so for sales tax and you're pretty close to $22.00 total without the pies, $25 with.
Less than $5.00 difference in the McDonald's meal and cooked at home meal, but at least an hour in time saved cooking and cleaning up, plus whatever time is involved in traipsing back and forth on the bus to make groceries to begin with. That one hour of cooking time for a working single mother with kids can be a make or break 60 minute interval in her day. She still has house work, kids homework, paying bills, all the minutia of daily life to handle in the little bit of time she has in the evenings. It's easy for me to see why Mickey D's might be a better choice in her mind.
I'm very fortunate to have 5 different stores within about a 1 mile radius to make groceries at, but that is definitely not the norm, even in my own town.