Recently, my Facebook news feed became flooded with opinions about a new store opening in Shreveport. The first thing I saw I ignored, as I usually do when I am not familiar with the establishment. As the days wore on and I kept seeing more and more posts about Whole Foods, I was drawn in and began to read about the store.
To be completely honest, I did not realize I even had an opinion about a new grocery store opening up in Shreveport. I still don’t think what I am about to say actually has much to do with Whole Foods per se, nonetheless, I feel compelled to share my thoughts on this topic.
I am what some would call a working class person. I have a decent job; I am a legal secretary. You’d think I made more money in my line of work but, truth be told, I barely make over a thousand dollars a month. When reading about the new Whole Foods store the one thing that sticks out to me is prices.
My freezer contains Lean Gourmet frozen boxed dinners because they cost 96¢.I drink Sam’s Choice soda because it is 84¢ for 2 liters, which is less than one 16oz bottle of water. I buy Great Value or store brand everything because I simply cannot afford name brand anything. A health conscious lifestyle costs more money than a bad diet and I simply cannot afford to be spending rent and utility money on food because it is better for me. I’ll take the cheeseburger over the organic salad because it is cheaper, period.
I cannot afford to splurge on anything. I work a forty-hour week and barely have enough money to survive. If I had more money maybe I would buy fancier/ healthier food, but I do not know, because I have yet to be put in that situation.On a month-to-month basis I worry about whether I will be able to meet my basic human needs, while there is a whole class of folks out there who are worried about their over-priced gluten free cookies and their herbal cleanses.
Kudos to you who are able to pay six dollars for a gluten free truffle, but for me the whole thing is a bit frustrating. Whole Foods has brought up some feelings of resentment in me. In my mind all of the excitement is just another reminder of how low on the economic totem pole I really am.