Let Them Eat Cake

30 June 2011

One of the Sydney papers this week, bemoaning the rising cost of living, asked its readers what they were doing to tighten their belts.

First comment came from a woman who said that she no longer was able to buy frozen chips; she had to buy real potatoes and make them herself.  AND she only bought oysters at Christmas.

A number of the comments concerned the cost of tomatoes and one person said he hadn’t been able to afford strawberries for about 3 months.

I’d like to point out something to the strawberry/tomato moaners – it’s winter.  

And to the first woman, I’m finding it rather difficult to feel your pain. 



  1. Bwahahahaha!

    I love to hear people complaining about the cost of food – it’s ridiculous. When my parents were growing up, they had a roast once a week, and a chicken twice a year. And loads of people had veggie gardens, everyone had a fruit tree. Pineapple was always canned, and bananas were a rare treat. Food used to cost a huge proportion of the family budget, now you can buy so much, so cheaply.

    Unfortunately, the REAL cost of food isn’t what we pay. We don’t pay for the damage of excess fertiliser and pesticide runoff, we don’t pay for reasonable animal welfare conditions, we don’t pay for the huge travel costs a lot of our food.

    We are so freaking spoilt!

  2. Clive Hamiton, in his book Affluenza, has a great quote:

    Australians are spending more and more money that they don’t have on things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like…

    In the future as in the past, we will have less and pay more for it:

    food water electricity petrol and eventually, all the consumer goods we now buy from China..

    get used to it.

  3. My heart bleeds for the poor darling – not. She should spend a few weeks living on the budget that my mother-in-law raised 6 children on – no electricity, no running water over the sink – don’t even think about hot water on tap – wagga rugs and coats on the bed for warmth.

    Come to think if it – does she cut down her old dresses to make clothes for her children as my mother did? Or use the still good parts of wornout men’s trousers to make toddler overalls? Save every left over piece of thread when she mends? Put cardboard in her shoes when the soles wear out? Does her family regard a small serve of ice cream every now and again as a major treat? Nothing non-essential except at Christmas and birthdays – and usually that is padded out with essentials like undies and socks? Frozen chips be damned!

    I know that most people today are busy trying to raise families and work to pay off their mortgages, but truly – they don’t know how well off they are.

  4. Yep, we are soooooo spoiled.
    Mr. Hamilton’s quote is unfortunately also an accurate representation of Americans and the ridiculous mortgages and credit card bills stacked against salaries that cannot accommodate that level of living. {gah}
    Sadder still, I saw all that foolishness in the 80s and people didn’t seem to learn anything from it. (Obviously a very old pet peeve with me…)
    I’d like this not to be the norm. I’d like us to improve/learn.

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