I went grocery shopping today, and I randomly started thinking about the prices we pay for things. I was shocked when I went to the dairy section and reached for a gallon of milk -- $4.06 for a gallon of 1%. Then I started thinking about how that price compare to other things. A gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.96 (or was when I was out this afternoon). A gallon of bottled/filtered/distilled water costs somewhere between $0.98 and about $2.50. A 2-liter bottle of Coke is usually $1.19 when it's on sale; regular price is $1.69, I think.
But anyway, I was wondering why we complain about prices of some items but not others. Nobody's happy about the rising gas prices, but how often do we hear people complaining about the rising milk prices? (I'm sure the fact that people typically purchase multiple gallons of gas at once as opposed to single gallons of milk at a time contributes to the complaining.) Anyway, I left the grocery store sans milk; I went to the ice cream store around the corner and bought my gallon of 1% milk for $2.89.