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Hard times are good for hard candy and porridge

Posted Apr 10 2009 11:02pm

When I hear the word "porridge" I think of Goldilocks and the three bears. I don't think bears actually eat porridge, and I don't think I've eaten porridge either. Grits, check. Oatmeal, yep. I've even had quinoa, though I can't pronounce it. In Iceland, porridge is popular these days because "it's cheap and it stands with you through the day."

It's also been reported that candy sales are up, particularly for nostalgic candies like Necco Wafers and Mallo Cups. Candy is a cheap way for people to feel better about the crap economy. Even if you don't have a paycheck, you can get a Payday.

The word "economy" feels vague and formless. I can't seen an economy, I can't feel it, and I definitely can't eat it. Yet, when the economy shifts, it affects everything, down to what we have for breakfast. I'm lucky for now that I don't have to live much differently than I did before the economy crashed. I've always been thrifty and I'm fortunate to still have a consistent paycheck. I'm still eating oatmeal for breakfast every morning, but it's because I like to and not just because it's cheap.

Copyright Jennette Fulda. Read more at PastaQueen

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