Yes half a pound of sugar and nearly a pound of butter or lard each day is a lot for a family of four but they were, I think, the most calories they could buy with only $3.03 expended. - They needed those calories for 14 hour days of labor or they would die. As for the 1 quart of milk per week no one, not even child, drank a swallow of that.* It was needed for baking the week's bread** ($2.36 worth) probably in cast iron box on top of the coal stove. Perhaps a table spoon each day of milk and a little of the butter was added to the $1.19 of potatoes eaten each week. ------------------ *Neither did the cat, if they had one, drink milk. It was lucky if allowed to keep the mice it caught. These people are not eating much and what they do eat is mainly starch, yet they were "skin and bones." The one half of one portion of cheap meat for four people each week was to add some flavor to their mainly starch diet. **Sour dough bread by the end of the week as they could not afford ice for an icebox (or the icebox). Dinosaur's rose colored view of how capitalists improved their life circa 1800 would make you laugh, if you were not crying because you know the truth. WWI killed off the surplus of unemployed hungry workers plus Henry Ford's enlighten view ended the subsistence (or lower) wages the capitalist paid prior to WWI.