I do apologise if anyone read the post and thought that I was being some sort of poverty tourist and all silly and patronising in a Marie Antoinette/Victorian philanthropist way. That wasn’t the intention. It was more to prove (or disprove) to ourselves the constant assertion by those in authority that a healthy diet is available to everyone.
Of course it is, but you’re not going to get much bang for your buck at Waitrose. The reason for going there was, well, I live in North London and go through Totteridge (where all the millionaires, including my boss, live) and Waitrose is the *only* supermarket. Round here they’re as ubiquitous as Morrisons in Leeds.
Anyway, three quarters of the way through and I’m incredibly glad I don’t live on JSA. But at least I’ve proven to myself that I can save money if I want to: and perhaps I should. Lidl has been suggested, but I can assure you that there are no Lidls round here. Marks and Spencer, yes. John Lewis, yes. Aldi, Lidl and so forth…no. I think there’d be panic in the streets of Finchley if such a thing came to pass.
If nothing else, I have learned that being on a low income makes you want to slap Nigella Lawson in the face. Buffalo mozzarella, matured organic beef brisket…arse.