A Walmart customer posted their shock at the cost of a bag of wings and a bottle of hot sauce for a meal they planned to make at home.
TikTok user Atom Jerguson Huff (@atomjergusonhuff) posted a viral video detailing just how horrified they were to spend $20 on food they were going to make at home: 4lbs of wings and some Buffalo Wild Wings wing sauce, which retails for $3.68 online. The 4lb bag he highlights in the video appears to be this same bag here: it sells for $12.98 on Walmart's web store.
"So I just left Walmart and I paid $20 for a bag of wings, okay? And a bottle of wing sauce. I'm gonna make wings today and I paid twenty, d--- dollars for Walmart brand and wing sauce. I'm literally infuriated at this s--- you guys like I can't keep living like this and I'm sure a lot of other people can't keep living like this."
Atom isn't alone in his ire over the soaring prices of groceries in the United States due to inflation, which has been ramping up considerably since 2021.
CNBC has reported that in the past two years the costs of some "necessities" have increased by as much as 20%, leaving Americans spending more and receiving less .
To highlight just how much grocery prices have increased post-pandemic, social media users have compared prices of the same products to what they are today: from 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent supply chain issues
For instance, Great Value Applesauce cost $1.98 per container in 2020, but now in 2023, it's $3.12. Hellman's mayonnaise cost $3.77 three years ago, but today, Walmart is charging $5.50 for the same exact jar. A 16-ounce container of thinly sliced deli turkey was $3.14 — today it costs $6.72.
Commenters who replied to Atom's post were equally shocked by the $20 price point for the bag of Great Value wings and a bottle of hot sauce. One individual wrote: "$20 bagged chicken, could've got fresh ones for less"
While another said that it could be worse, at least they were getting more than they would've if they purchased wings at a restaurant: "4lbs my dude. You get 8 for 20$ at a restaurant lol"
There were some folks who were just shocked that he was buying poultry from Walmart, period: "should never buy any meat or produce from Walmart, ever. spend the extra and go to a regular store or butcher shop"
Someone else said that since they chose to purchase the Buffalo Wild Wings hot sauce, that probably raised the premium of their price for the wings.
One commenter said that the problem ultimately lies in the leadership that was elected to run the country, however: "Yeah I agree vote for the right person this time," a sentiment which seemed to resonate with Atom, who simply replied with "boom" and a smiling heart emoji.
Sadly, food inflation doesn't look like it's going to go down anytime soon: the USDA has said that the already high food-away-from-home and supermarket prices that reached soaring prices in 2023 will more than likely continue into 2024.
This means that even brands that were considered "bargain" buys, like the Great Value offering highlighted by Atom, will still continue to cost Americans a pretty penny until some action is taken to curb inflation, and hopefully retailers will have that reflected in the pricing of its products.
It happens with the ebb and flow of gas prices, so why not groceries and prepared meals?