Surviving Shrinking Grocery Packages
It is time to do your grocery shopping this week. The pen, paper, and the grocery flyers are gathered as you make your Frugal Friday Flyer. Making a grocery list is vital to make sure you are grabbing items you actually need, as well as, saving money.
You have some items that are running low in your pantry cupboard. You’ve looked through this week’s grocery flyers and discovered one item in particular is on sale. Because you’ve been using your FREE Grocery Best Prices booklet, you know this is a great deal.
But something caught your eye in the advertisement. That can’t be right. You go to your cupboard and pull that jar of instant coffee off of the shelf. Yes, it is marked 200 grams. You bought this jar for your pantry a few months ago, also on sale. But something is different this time.
You recheck the sales flyer and look at the instant coffee jar size noted. What?! Now the same jar of coffee, although still the sale price of $2.99, is now only 150 grams. Not only do you have to deal with a tight grocery budget, you also now have to deal with shrinking grocery package sizes.
A Marketing Strategy
You are now experiencing, first hand, another effect of the raised minimum wage.
There are 5 basic marketing strategies that businesses do to deal with increased costs.
- Raise the prices
- Shrink the package sizes and hold the price the same
- Or, raise the prices and shrink the package sizes at the same time
- Make packages smaller and raise the price at a later date
- Raise the price and then a few months later make the packages smaller.
However, in this particular instance, the jar of Maxwell House Instant Coffee has shrunk from 200 grams to 150 grams. But the price seems to be holding steady at the moment. Well, not really. You pay the same dollars for less product.
This isn’t fair. No, it isn’t, but the large corporations are hoping you won’t notice. But when you and your family like millions across Canada live below the poverty line, then every dollar counts. And you want your best grocery package size for your dollar.
Shrinking Packages Are Not New
Now shrinking package sizes are nothing new.
The pound of bacon disappeared a few years ago. Although there are a few companies still putting out 500 gram (1 pound) packages, they are very, very hard to find. Now a standard package of bacon is 375 grams.
Cheese bars used to be 700 grams. Now a good size for cheese bars is only 450 grams.
And I laugh about the toilet paper sizes. What double rolls? Back in the 1970’s what is today called a double roll was the actual roll size. Suddenly corporations shrunk the size of rolls for a time. Many rolls wouldn’t last a day before being all run out.
Later on, companies introduced this “new” wonderful idea! The double roll of 2 rolls on 1 paper tube. Really? Who do they think they fooled? Now they can charge 2x the price for what used to be 1 roll of toilet paper to begin with. That was a flushable idea that we are all stuck with.
But they didn’t stop there. The size is getting smaller too. Notice how loose they fit on the roll holder? And the cardboard tube is bigger too. Either way, you get less for your dollar. Unfortunately, today, none of us know how to not use toilet paper. What did our ancestors do?
But now the prices keep increasing too!
Adjusting Your Shopping
When packages shrink, it requires you to adjust your grocery shopping.
You now need to buy more packages of the item to still prepare the same amount of food. This can be a challenge. Or, you just stretch the meal with a different, cheaper ingredient. As if life isn’t hard enough, now putting real food on your table becomes harder again.
However, try some of the following ideas:
- Reduce costs in other areas of your household budget to increase your grocery budget. After all, now you need to buy more packages to make the same amount of food.
- Adjust recipes to use cheaper, filler type, ingredients to make up for the reduced amount of food you can purchase. When your budget is so tight sometimes you can’t just buy more packages. Pasta used to be the filler ingredient of choice for decades. However, even today, pasta noodles are getting to be very expensive too.
- Stop buying convenience type foods. Make your meals from scratch. Not only is it cheaper, it is healthier when you use foods in their most natural forms. There are many recipes to get you started in the Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook.
- Buy another similar product from a different company in the size and price you need. I prefer Maxwell House Instant Coffee, but I will drink something else to keep costs low.
- Declutter and sell things you don’t need to increase your grocery funds.
- Get another job.
- Move into smaller, cheaper accommodations.
- Go on a diet.
Well, as you can see from the above list, many of those items are just silly. Although, possibly moving to cheaper accommodations and getting another job might be good options for you. However, for many, these are not options.
Surviving The Shrinking Packages
It is inevitable that packages are going to shrink. Now that one company has started, others will be following their example. However, you, the consumer, can take steps to figure out what you are going to do.
In some cases, like toilet paper, we are all left with no choice. Other than looking for the cheapest sales, and rationing out how many squares a person can use at a time, there is no real choice here.
But, there are options when it comes to actual grocery items. Learn to cook with different ingredients is one way.
Try the Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook. It was compiled at another time such as this. This cookbook has helped thousands of households put more real food on their tables for the best prices. Don’t panic if you don’t really know how to cook from scratch. This cookbook is written especially for you. Instructions are simple to follow, like where to put the rack in the oven. Also, none of the recipes require you to have strange, unpronounceable ingredients. These use common ingredients in combinations that bring both flavor, ease of preparation, and nutrition to your table. Grab it today!
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