To its credit, the article states that "SmartMoney.com went shopping for household staples and other items shoppers might regularly purchase" when making these comparisons. But people who don't bother to read the article, and who just skim the table at the bottom, will be left thinking that the items on the graph are supposed to be staples. I find that just irresponsible, because there are some who really DON'T know what "staples" are, and who DO consider certain things to be staples when they really aren't. And then there are those who just think it is an office supply store, and were totally lost in this whole scenario.
The (abridged) definition of staple from dictionary.com as pertains to food is:
1. a principal raw material or commodity grown or manufactured in a locality
2. a principal commodity in a mercantile field, goods in steady demand or of known or recognized quality.
3. a basic or necessary item of food. (sugar, flour, salt...)
4. the fiber, wool, cotton, flax, rayon, etc., considered with reference to lenght and fineness. (textiles)
Here is the list given on Yahoo. You decide.
- Skim milk, one gallon
- Eggs, 1.5 dozen
- Strawberries, 2 lbs.
- Bell peppers, 6 ct.
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 10 lbs. (so far, so good)
- Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter, two 40 oz. jars
- Claritin allergy medication (90 OTC)
- Lipitor 10 mg cholesterol pills (90 ct. presc.)
- Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper, 36 rolls
- Tide Original liquid detergent, 170 oz.
- Secret Invisible Solid deoderant (4 pk.)
- Huggies, step 4 diapers, 176 ct.
- Poland Spring water, 35 bottles
- Pepsi, 36 cans
- Folgers Classic Roast ground coffee
- Grey Goose vodka, 1.75l (REALLY??)
- Purina Dog Chow, 50 lbs.
What do you think? Am I crazy, or do you also find this disturbing?