While speaking with the outlet, the Stotlers, who purchase groceries each week for themselves, their eight children and their foster child, raised the topic of milk prices, with Ms Stotler noting: “A gallon of milk was $1.99. Now it’s $2.79. When you buy 12 gallons a week times four weeks, that’s a lot of money.”
Although the milk consumption is more reasonable considering it is for a family of 11, people have been expressing their shock over the amount purchased each week by the Stotlers since the clip was shared to Twitter, where it has been viewed more than 2.2m times.
Ms Stotler’s comment has since sparked the creation of various memes on social media, with hundreds of people taking the opportunity to find humour in the idea of a family drinking 48 gallons of milk each month.
“If you’re buying ~50 gallons of milk a month, maybe it’s best to just invest in a cow????” one person tweeted.
Another said: “Wages are stagnant and inflation is very bad but I have questions about this level of milk consumption.”
"A gallon of milk was $1.99. Now it's $2.79. When you buy 12 gallons a week times four weeks, that's a lot of money."@EvanMcS goes grocery shopping with the Stotlers and shows us how badly inflation is hitting the middle class. pic.twitter.com/39hPPRHLja
— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) November 4, 2021
“Very typical to buy 48 gallons of milk every month,” someone else joked.
— mel_fluff (@mel_fluff) November 4, 2021
Desperately looking for a recipe that requires 12 gallons of milk. Gotta be part of the moment!
— NYT Cooking and Food (@nytfood) November 4, 2021
Someone Pls help me budget, my family is dying. - Milk is a non negotiable expense https://t.co/04yXLAs5Wk
— Mike Hunt (@HalIoweenHorror) November 4, 2021
Unless you are feeding baby cows no household consumes 12 gallons of milk a week
— Warren4Ever/MorningJoe Sucks (@chhelenach) November 4, 2021
Others have questioned the milk prices referenced in the segment, with some claiming that the cost of a gallon of milk has not been as low as $1.99 in years.
“It’s true! A gallon of milk was $1.99, back in the 1900s,” one person wrote, while someone else tweeted: “Milk hasn’t been under $2 for 30 years. Also, TWELVE GALLONS a week???”
when was the last time milk was $1.99 ? the stone age? A gallon of milk hasn’t been $1.99 in my entire life https://t.co/HXCBqOPTyN
— Gabe Coleman (@GabeColeman2) November 4, 2021
While the large weekly milk purchase has prompted amusement, other social media users have defended the family from the attention directed at their milk consumption.
“To all the f***ing a**holes questioning who drinks all that milk, go f*** yourselves. Seriously. This is a family of 11 (nine children with a 10th staying with them, seven adopted). You could only wish to have that level of kindness in your hearts to take in so many and give them love,” another person tweeted.
This family has 10 kids, including adopted and foster children. But please, go ahead and doubt their sincerity and question the fact they go through a lot of milk. https://t.co/9OaZ71SESp
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) November 4, 2021
According to a recent retail milk prices report released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average US price of a gallon of whole milk was $3.69 in October.
In Dallas, Texas, the cost of a gallon of whole milk in January 2021 was $2.86, while the cost in October had increased to $3.29.