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I was just wondering the other night after class about a few things. When I asked my mom where she does most of her grocery shopping she said Big Lots and Walmart. So according to our discussion that would mean she was poor. When i asked her what kind of bread she buys she said whole wheat always. So that would mean she was rich. So i guess when she walks into these stores she is poor but when she buys wheat bread she is rich. Can anyone help me out with this?

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While there may be a coorelation between the amount of income a family has and the type of stores and bread that they buy, it's not going to hold true for every case. There will always be exceptions.

PS - Your mom makes good BBQ.

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I disagree with the idea of the grocery store you shop at, shows your social class. In my opinion, most people shop at grocery stores that are convenient. I always shop at the closest one. What disturbs me, is that people judge other people on where they buy their groceries, or what kind of bread they eat. However, as a child growing up I did cast judgements on people by the way they were dressed. I hope as a teacher I will be able to create a classroom environment that eliminates these judgements and examines people by their characteristics.

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Adam, your post made me smile. :) Like Danny said, it just depends on the person. I also think it depends on the store itself. The Winn Dixie near our house started selling things about the same prices at Harris Teeter. But, it was definately dirtier. I think grocery stores are becoming more nicer, no matter which brand it is. And, what if a rich kid is allergic to wheat- they're going to have to get white bread :-) Or maybe white bread has wheat in it. I'm making no sense. Time to stop writing :-)

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I agree with Burl- it really depends on convenience. And sales. And how much you save on your VIC card. Also, it is really dangerous to judge people by the way they dress. It's really not fair- it's just a piece of clothing. But why is it so important? Why is name brands important? What makes people judge? Is it because we're insecure with ourselves? What will it take to not compare ourselves against each other all the time? Is there one solution? So many questions....

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I agree with burl too. If u are driving 20 minutes to save 20 cents on toilet paper u wasted a ton of gas. Plus if u live in boone and dont have a car u can only go to the grocery stores within walking distance or that are on the bus rout.

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I also disagree about where you shop for groceries shows what class you are in. It depends on the individual. What if they don't want to drive a long time because they are getting ice cream or something that might melt and they pick the closest store that happens to be the "poorest store". Are they poor for that reason? It is just stupid to judge people that way. The only thing people should judge others over is how they treat other people. That is the only thing that should be judge because that is the only thing that matters. Not bread. Back to the bread issue, my grandmother might go to three different stores to get everything she wants. The milk might be cheaper at Food Lion but the meat is excellent at Krogers, and the bread is fresher at Harris Teeter. She gets what she wants. It all depends on the individual.

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Like everyone else in this thread, I completely disagree with the assumption that the grocery store where you shop or the type of food you buy is dependent upon your social class. My family has always been fortunate and been able to have everything we needed, and I have never had to know what it's like to go without. However, I still shop at Walmart, use coupons, and budget my money. There's nothing wrong with shopping at certain stores that are considered "lower class." Walmart has everything you would find at an expensive department store but 10 times cheaper. Why wouldn't I want to get the better deals? I think too many people who have lots of money just shop at the more expensive stores for show. "Look where I shop! I've got loads of cash!" Well good for you, it's your money you're wasting. I was always taught to save my money and live on the necessities and a few extras every now and then. But I guess who can blame the "rich" when most of world seems to agree that showing off your money is the cool thing to do. :roll:

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Where white bread comes from:

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I also asked my mom where she does most of her shopping and she said she looks at the ads in the paper each week and then decides. We usually go to Food Lion because it is the closest to our house, but if another grocery store is having a good sale then my mom will just go 10 extra minutes for that, especially when stores do ice cream sales! My family is pretty much obsessed with ice cream, and when there is a buy one, get one free sale of some good ice cream, my family will be there to stock up! :P

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my mom goes to the food lion which is further away from our house than the harris teeter...but she only goes there because they give her free coffee while she's shopping and she likes to talk to the deli man.

things should really just be that simple.

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I agree with most of you that shopping at a grocery store does not put you into a social class. However, why is it that some grocery stores are located on bus routes while others are not? Are the grocers telling us something about themselves? Do they want all the businees they can handle or are they really discriminating against poor people?

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I'm going to have to go with the flow and agree with everyone. My mother is a teacher and my father is a lawyer so by all rights, we should buy wheat bread. The interesting thing is that when I lived at home, we primarily bought white bread, either Sunbeam or Bunny Bread. Now that my sister and I have moved out, my parents and my brother eat wheat bread. That doesn't really make sense according to the video. Also, my mother shops at Wal-Mart (yes, we have a super Wal-Mart!) because things are cheaper and more convient for her. Also Wal Mart is the only place in town that my mom can find the kind of ice cream that my dad and I like. My parents could shop at a more expensive store and the cost wouldn't be overwhelming but I think my mother was raised to look for bargins and clip coupons and all that. Personally, I do the same and I think it's stupid to pay $100 for a pair of jeans that you can get for $40. I think some of your grocery shopping/bread eating behavior is learned from your parents.

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I don't think that white or wheat has anything to do with anything! When a child comes into the classroom with a white bread pb and j are we just going to think "well that kid is lower class poor"? He won't have a chance from the very beginning....I don't think that this was anything that we should be contemplating or remembering in our own classrooms. And just to ease some ruffled feathers.....my best friend, Suzi, is litterally a gazillionare!!! Her choice of bread is white and her favorite side order at KFC is mac and cheese. Offer her escargo or patte' she will throwup all over you! I personally don't think someone is upper class when they eat slugs or cat food!

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For some people, maybe where you shop does matter. Maybe some people will only shop at Harris Teeter, Lowes, or wherever. I have been around people that would never even think to use a coupon because they thought it was degrading. In my family, we shop sales & we love coupons! Its just a matter of personal choice. The little old lady in the video was shocked and appalled at loaf bread, but I kinda like loaf bread! Its just a matter of personal choice!

Great conversation! :D

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Laurie Tate wrote:
I'm going to have to go with the flow and agree with everyone. My mother is a teacher and my father is a lawyer so by all rights, we should buy wheat bread. The interesting thing is that when I lived at home, we primarily bought white bread, either Sunbeam or Bunny Bread. Now that my sister and I have moved out, my parents and my brother eat wheat bread. That doesn't really make sense according to the video. Also, my mother shops at Wal-Mart (yes, we have a super Wal-Mart!) because things are cheaper and more convient for her. Also Wal Mart is the only place in town that my mom can find the kind of ice cream that my dad and I like. My parents could shop at a more expensive store and the cost wouldn't be overwhelming but I think my mother was raised to look for bargins and clip coupons and all that. Personally, I do the same and I think it's stupid to pay $100 for a pair of jeans that you can get for $40. I think some of your grocery shopping/bread eating behavior is learned from your parents.


What a coincidence. My parents switched to wheat bread after my brothers and I moved out. I grew up on Bunnybread also. I think the whole nation is broadening their food horizons and branching out some from the strictly white bread attitude. I'm not saying breads other than white were just invented, but grocery stores are just carrying a lot more options now. And look at Subway-what do they have now, like 10 kinds of bread? By the way, I went grocery shopping last night and got some Peppridge Farm Cinnamon Swirl bread and it's delicious!


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