How are you dealing with increase in food prices? How are you fighting back by letting retailers know that “we don’t need no stinkin’ packages!”
Here are our ‘Seven Keys’ to saving money. Care to add?
Grow your own
Buy local and in season
Look for bulk goods and staples
Cook and bake from scratch using basic ingredients
Preserve – can, dry, freeze and store
Build community – start a food cooperative, get your neighbors involved, barter and swap goods or services
Do more with less – save, stretch or do without
The incredible shrinking cereal box (CNN Money)
The packaging may look the same but the amount inside has gone down, that’s how companies try to pass on food inflation. But consumers are wising up.
As manufacturers cope with the rising cost of raw ingredients and fuel, downsizing their package sizes is one increasingly popular way to pass along a price increase without drawing too much attention.
“They’re raising the prices a little, and shrinking the boxes a little,” said Marcia Mogelonsky, consumer analyst with Mintel International, a consumer research firm in Chicago. “If you’re running through the supermarket, you don’t necessarily notice that your cereal box is an ounce or two smaller. That’s how they’re controlling the prices.”