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Same Price – Less Food = Sneaky sizing

Same Price – Less Food

"Sneaky Sizing"
photo: L watts

photo: L watts

No, your family is not eating more than usual. It just feels that way because you are having to buy consumable foods more often. Why ? Many food products in both, name brand and economy brand are touting same product – same price. What they aren’t telling you is the package size is shrinking.

You may not be paying a higher price per package but you are paying a higher price. Many items that were packaged in 1 lb units are no longer sold that way.  You probably noticed something was ‘off’ the last time you bought a bag of potato chips, the producers say they need all that extra room so the product can “settle” during shipping and handling. Check the ounces on that bag of chips. Ha ! They gotcha ! Sneaky sized you right in front of your chip, er, nose !
You have to read the label carefully in order to get the best value for your money. The price signs shout “look at me, I am still priced low” but instead of being able to stretch that package into 2 meals for 2, you are lucky to walk away from 1 meal satisfied. It is harder to plan meals and make menus when you never know how many true food servings are lurking in the package.


Here are a few examples of what I call blatant ‘sneaky sizing’:

Food Item
old pkg size > new size

Sugar
5 lb bag > 4 lb bag

Bacon
16 oz pkg > 12 oz pkg

Boxed pasta
1 lb > 12 oz

1 pkg frozen boneless chicken breasts
6 to 8 breasts > 4 to 5 (if you’re lucky)

Ground beef / Ground chuck

In many stores; the beef package sizes are no longer promoted by how many pounds are in the package, but the price point of the package. For example you used to be able to purchase a 2, 4 or 5 lb package – and now there are usually only 2 sizes readily available, the regular size; which contains about 2 1/2 lbs and a family size; which is approximately 5.26413961 pounds…you get the idea. Price points seem to sell better and we, as consumers, are none the wiser – or so they think. Yes food prices are going up -we are paying even more than we realized at first. Oh,  and check your cat and dog food, my 20 pound bag of cat food is now at 18 lbs and shrinking…

I say, companies need to quit ‘sneaky sizing’, especially my Ice Cream, things are rough out here. I need every ounce I can get.

editorial opinion article
Linda Watts

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Angel Love -inspirational poem

Angel Love

~author unknown


If we have faith and love
That we are in God’s care,
Then we can believe His angels
Are with us everywhere.

Guardian angels have been sent
To protect us from any harm,
And to teach us about love and peace,
And keep our spirits calm.

You’re so very special to me
Each and every day,
That I asked the angels to bring
A little more love your way.


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My Mother’s Bible – lyrics

My Mother’s Bible

by MB Williams



MY MOTHER’S BIBLE

by: MB Williams
written in 1893

There’s a dear and precious Book,
Though it’s worn and faded now,
Which recalls those happy days of long ago,
When I stood at mother’s knee,
With her hand upon my brow,
And I heard her voice in gentle tones and low.

Blessèd Book, precious Book,
On thy dear old tear stained leaves I love to look;
Thou art sweeter day by day, as I walk the narrow way
That leads at last to that bright home above.

As she read the stories o’er
Of those mighty men of old,
Of Joseph and of Daniel and their trials,
Of little David bold,
Who became a king at last,
Of Satan and his many wicked wiles.

Blessèd Book, precious Book,
On thy dear old tear stained leaves I love to look;
Thou art sweeter day by day, as I walk the narrow way
That leads at last to that bright home above.

Then she read of Jesus’ love,
As He blessed the children dear,
How He suffered, bled and died upon the tree;
Of His heavy load of care,
Then she dried my flowing tears
With her kisses as she said it was for me.

Blessèd Book, precious Book,
On thy dear old tear stained leaves I love to look;
Thou art sweeter day by day, as I walk the narrow way
That leads at last to that bright home above.


Well, those days are past and gone,
But their memory lingers still
And the dear old Book each day has been my guide;
And I seek to do His will,
As my mother taught me then,
And ever in my heart His Words abide.

Blessèd Book, precious Book,
On thy dear old tear stained leaves I love to look;
Thou art sweeter day by day, as I walk the narrow way
That leads at last to that bright home above.

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