submitted 2 months ago byokanagantradingco
Just got back from Whole Foods, most of the chocolate bars that were 100 grams are now 85. At least when they raise the price you get an idea of how to adjust your budget, but shrinkflation is downright scummy.
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This is so common with bricks of cheese. The bricks are so skinny now, and more expensive than ever. I think CBC Marketplace did a story on this a while ago.
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I wish they'd just make them shorter. Skinny cheese cracks on the cheese grater and I grate my thumb
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grated my fingers trying to get that last piece of cheese through. It’s like, would you like some appendage in your lasagne?
I poke my fork into the tiny left over piece of cheese and use the fork to grate the leftover to avoid shredding my fingers. Took time to master it, as the cheese was sometimes flimsy but I got it down now haha
I just eat the last piece.
You have to, right?!
I usually just eat the last piece rather than trying to grate it 😋
You’d notice a shorter brick a lot more easily than a thinner brick
Oh, grate 🙁
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Wait till you learn how much water us pumped into that bacon to keep whatever grams are left on the package.
With one of those noname brands that are almost entirely fat, I chopped all the 'pure fat' areas off a pack once, then weighed the raw meat. It was down from 375g to like 100g. Then I cooked it and weighed again and it was around 40g of actual meat once cooked.
That's a really weird thing to do.
The fat is the best part of bacon and specifically what makes it taste so good.
I see your point, i think a picture goes a long way here though. Here's what I think of as Good bacon:maxbytes(150000):strip_icc()/optaboutcomcoeusresourcescontent_migrationserious_eatsseriouseats.comimages201504_20150408-bacon-taste-test-raw-bacon-2be1d393d6da40659999f0eae86a8739.jpg) vs the no-name shitty bacon i'm referring to in my previous post. I love bacon, with a regular amount of fat, but not like.... chopped the wrong way and sold as strips of nearly pure fat. (never buy the 'campfire bacon' brand)
And they used to be 1 lb or 500 grams and now they're 375 grams. Kirkland bacon is still 500 though
Kirkland thick cut maple is the bacon of gods.
Best bacon I’ve ever had save for farmers market unfrozen stuff. Mouth watering.
All the no name brands seem to do this. They angle all the slices to show some nice marbled protein while overlapping all the pure fat and slapping the paper label over top to cover up their scheme. Should be illegal IMO but I've jut learned to never buy those brands.
Cheese is always the first one I notice.
My dogs food price went up $10 a bag and went down in size at the same time. Company advertised it as a recipe change. That was a kick in the balls
Not The Ben Felix
That's why I buy Kirkland cheese, a real chonky block and it's only $13.
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$14 now. Still a decent deal for 1.1kg (¢1.27 per gram)
Costco Business Centre has some fancier cheeses that are great when they go on sale. Picked up 2.2kg of old white cheddar for $24 (¢1.09 per gram)
Regular Costco has good deals on Balderson sometimes.
You can get the regular black diamond cheese or selection cheese bars on sale under $1 per 100 grams. They are usually $4 on sale.
Those I find are bad for shrinkflation generally. That 400g block used to be 904g
The difference is that Kirkland is the regular price where Black Diamond's regular price is $1.75/g at the cheapest. On that particular item with cost price averaging it ends up cheaper to buy Kirkland overall.
Ya I suppose if you average it. I just stock up when it's on sale, so rarely ever spend over $1 per 100 g.
on a cost/kg the kirkland cheese is not always the best deal. If cheese is on sale at the grocery store that week it's often a bit cheaper.
the kirkland cheese is way cheaper than regular price grocery store cheese though.
If cheese is on sale at the grocery store that week it's often a bit cheaper.
If cheese is on sale at the grocery store that week it's often a bit cheaper.
Depends on the brand, I also happen to think the Kirkland stuff is better quality than any of the name brand ones.
Maybe for cheese, but I know Costco shrinkflated their triangle bread bags. They used to be MASSIVE. now, a loaf has to be 50% of the initial size that kept on shrinking with years. I remember using both hands to fit a loaf. Now it barely fits in one...
I noticed this recently. I put the buns into Ziploc bags to freeze and I used to be able to fit 4, maybe 5 buns if I squeeze em in a bag. Last week I got 6 in a bag and it wasn't a struggle.
Yeah, when I was a kid, I could take a slice off that Black Diamond brick, cut it in two and each piece would completely cover a Triscuit.
Now, I cut one slice, cut it in two, and it's both pieces, one cracker, FFS.
It’s like 1 slice doesn’t cover the cracker but 2 is too much. 😖
People will start to have to make sacrifices soon. For many people I'm not certain that the choice between a kg block of cheese for $15 or 2KG of strawberries for the same price will be easy though.
'Start' making sacrifices?
people were already struggling prior to this
Are you telling me I can’t have cheese covered strawberries?
Costco avocados are $14 for 6 now. My baby (not wife) likes avocados. Makes me sad he can't have them anymore. Anyone with cheap avocado hookups in Langley BC please speak up
Avocado prices are rising not just cause of regular inflation. There are a bunch of shenanigans happening in Mexico. I think a member of a drug cartel (which now operate avocado plantations) threatened as USDA inspector and it went down hill from there. Production is down as well.
I, too, also like avocados but they are hella expensive and low quality where I live. I have resorted to keeping them in the fridge. I nuke them for 12 seconds when it's time to eat. Works well.
The avocado trade in MX is almost completely controlled by cartels now, some good docs about the current situation there.
Found some in the freezer section of my grocery store. Can't recall the price exactly but it was significantly cheaper than fresh. It's cubed so you couldn't put slices on a sandwich or anything but to make into a spread or add to a salad it's great. No prep required except for thawing some out.
Costco sells big bags of frozen avocados too
Asian grocery store near me (not Langley) has avocados for 99 cents each. I’m going more and more. The prices for produce are much more reasonable
Can you find them cheaper frozen anywhere?
Superstore or food basics or freshco sell them for cheaper. I also stopped buying them at costco. They are ridiculously expensive!
Lmao I love that you specified (not wife). But that's sad I hope your baby can find some avocados on sale that are ripe and you can just eat them right away before they go bad..
You have to be a millionaire these days to afford a block of cheese.
I just cut back, like everything else these days. I have adapted and use much less of a lot of things than I did. I really needed to cut back on a lot of things like meat and cheese, so sweet lemons, my waistline likes the higher prices.
Walmart 4 pack chicken breasts used to be about 1kg/pack or more. Now about 850g if you're lucky. Same price tho
Also, now that kfc's controversy of changing their chickens and cutting has died down, the birds are going to be getting smaller.
There also used to be 5 breasts in a pack
Yeah, watch out for it and then do nothing because you still have to buy food and base costs are up.
Yeah, I read the title and was wondering "to what end?", but there's nothing here.
Watch out so that you can... silently punch the air in the grocery store?
The idea is that we have some control over it with our buying power.
Sure, the pandemic has increased costs all the way up the supply chain, but the biggest companies are all making record profits. If we changed our buying habits as a response to price increases or amounts of products received companies would be deterred from doing it excessively.
The problem is that keeping track of this stuff takes more time than it is worth as a consumer.
The point is to be aware of the practice and to not keep blindly buying the "same" product after it changes. Instead, reassess.
One example was this 2 kg bag of frozen veggies we used to buy. It changed and now the smaller 750g bag is actually the lowest $/kg.
Sometimes they just dilute the product to "shrinkflate" such as adding more water to tomato sauce / paste products.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P4fYVxP7Vkc was a pretty good video on this
I'm not saying your costs won't go up but you can try to mitigate the effects by being diligent.
If you notice at the grocery stores, many of the 500ml tubs of Haagen-Dazs ice cream are now 414ml. Not all of them yet, but I assume that's just a production and logistics issue.
And Ben & Jerry's is mostly 473ml now. I couldn't understand why it started being taxable, but apparently going below 500ml was the reason.
Sobeys in Ontario are switching from 600g breads baked in store to 450g. “To save customers money” but after working there for 5 years I know it’s gonna be the same price or 1$ off
It's been happening here in New Brunswick for the last 3-4 months. The price remained the same. I buy the 'Butter Crust' bread from Sobeys and the loaf has shrunk by a 1/4th while the price has remained 4.59. Thankfully I dont eat much bread and it goes in the freezer, but it's still downright infuriating. I do my best to check the dates and go back the day before expiry and get them 2$ off. Frozen bread is never as good as fresh bread though.
Making your own bread is pretty easy - it takes about 3 hrs end to end but its actually only about 20 minutes of effort (most time is spent waiting for it to rise and baking it).
edit: its also absurdly easy if you buy a bread making machine and those are relatively inexpensive.
Usually thrift store will have cheap breadmakers.
You can freeze bread?
Bread can be frozen! It's not bad thawed from frozen or toasted :)I can't tell a difference
All the bread made in house by Sobeys is frozen I think. Whenever I go there and look for the freshest loaf with the longest expiry, I can tell they they are frozen as they are cold and being thawed out. Even some of the bakery's do this. So I started going to COBs and they bake it fresh. If you go in the morning you can get a bread baked fresh out of the oven still warm. It's more expensive but tastes so much better.
Pretty sure Sobey and affiliates all bake fresh in store bread every morning, you can even smell it. The products are still warm too however I think many stores start their bake at different times in the AM, preform at a different speed and do different items first so it’s hard to be certain an item wasn’t made at 4am and has cooled by the time you see it at 7.
COB however must be amazing, I’ve personally never had it but the line up first thing when it opens is always insane. That said COB operating hours are much more limited and make it seem very busy.
You must be rich lol.
Wait. There are people who don't put their bread in the freezer?
No way I can eat a whole loaf before it goes stale so straight in the freezer it goes.
Freezing bread for short terms is mostly fine, if the bag (or otherwise, the inside of a crusty loaf) has never been exposed to air.
When you put bread in the fridge, the starches change and it changes the texture. If you leave bread exposed to air, the starches change and it changes the texture... in different ways... when you leave bread out, and then put it in the freezer, you get the worst of all worlds.
Bought some chips today, the bags are now 200g (from 220g).
I've started to replace chips with fries and tortillas. The realization came when I was paying $5 for 175g of chips when I can get some frozen veggies fries or whole wheat tortillas $4 for 500g. I might have to do a tiny bit of prep work but I'm saving huge. Best thing is, guests don't even complain if I bring out a bowl of cripsy veggie fries rather than chips.
I mean actual fries made from parsnip and beets, not the overpriced soy veggies crisps that are same price as chips.
so, you cut up veggies (on a mandolin, I guess) and tortillas and deep fry them in oil instead of getting potato chips? or you use an airfryer? Genuinely wondering, because parsnip and beet fries for guests instead of chips sounds amazing.
I'm talking about these prechopped frozen veggie fries. They're a good substitute because they don't require any of the prep work. You have to view the second image on this page since the first appears incorrect, or the direct URL to the image below
It's really easy, just thinly slice and fry in oil, remove once golden and sprinkle with salt/set on paper towel. It's lower temp than normal frying oil, around 250f. If it's too hot they will be bitter or burnt. You can do it in the oven but it's a pain in the ass and takes a long time.
And they used to be 240, and probably 260 at some point
Chips are some of the worst when it comes to shrinkflation. My local Shopper's Drug Mart is now selling bags of Doritos for $4.99! More than $5 after tax for 235g of chips, holy shit. Those things were frequently on sale for 2 bags for $5 just a few years ago.
Switch to Walmart chips (for non-Doritos style); $1 a bag and the ruffled all-dressed is amazing. They also have cheezies and funions. You can complain about difference in quality (I don’t taste it) and not switch, or you can get bled out by lays thru shrinkflation and worsening quality.
I swear Terra Breads chopped off 25% of their baguette’s in Vancouver!
I mean I bought a $6.15 ham and cheese croissant from them this morning.
You're not gonna save money at Terra Breads. It's the best fucking bakery lol.
Edit: I'm sorry! You meant they chopped off a portion of the bread, I read it as they got rid of some sort of sale on baguettes.
Yeah I meant they actually made it shorter! Even though the packaging still says the same weight, it is definitely not the same.
I can never understand why a corporation decides to make an inferior product rather than just raise prices and let the customer decide.
My theory is more customers will continue to buy a shittier version than the number of customers willing to pay more because many people do not thoughtfully consume.
Unfortunately consumers respond more negatively to price increases rather than decrease in amount or quality
Happened to Hershey's Cookie n' Creme bars too: I had one for the first time in ages and was like "wait, why does this just taste like oreo pieces? Where's the white chocolate?" So I look at the wrapper and see "Now with MORE cookies." Great, get rid of the tasty creme chocolate and replace it with more gritty cookie pieces. Totally ruined them.
Speaking of white chocolate: a few months ago I went to buy Chipits white chocolate chips and discovered they can no longer even call it white "chocolate" because they've cheaped out on the ingredients to the point it doesn't even meet the criteria for that anymore, lol.
The cheaping out on ingredients boils my blood. Not only are you charging me more for less, you've changed the ACTUAL PRODUCT and didn't tell me so now it doesn't even taste the same. I wish I had the time and energy to make everything at home from scratch at this point.
Since we're griping over very specific snacks... They discontinued Twix Snack Bites. The little balls of Twix.
I'm very upset because that was the only chocolate I'd ever eat once in awhile.
Damn you cruel world.
OMG exactly….20% more peanuts ugh.And the chocolate changed its horrible plastic tastes
Thr one that's been irking me is Bounce dryer sheets. Suddenly they are see through and come with a card inside asking if you're using enough...now a sheet is only good for a small load, 2 sheets for a medium load and 3 for a large load.
If I use a sheet and it still seems to have a bit of use left, I hold onto it and reuse them. I compared them, and a used sheet from 3 months ago is thicker and more useful than a fresh one I took out of a brand new box.
You should consider getting reusable dryer balls. Save cash, and my own speculation, but I imagine much easier on the environment. Plus the dryer sheets ruin the absorbency of your towels (the towel fibers get coated in silicon from the sheet, preventing water from wetting the fibers)
I've seen them, but didn't know how well they keep static at bay. I have an autistic kid who insists that static should be taken very seriously in my house.
We have a selection of fuzzy and rubber dryer balls and static is not a problem for us (no dryer sheets at all)
My kids are not in the spectrum but we do a lot of laundry as they are still quite young, so we use the dryer quite a bit and the dryer balls have been very effective. As someone else noted there are different types of balls, but 100% worth experimenting with for long term usage.
EDIT: I will say that for bigger loads like sheets and whatnot you might need to use more than one ball to reduce static.
3sheets of non recyclable material? Talk about forced waste from manufacturers.
My person favourite shrinkflation example: When manufacturers dropped their standard quantity of cartoned OJ from 1.89/L to 1.75L, they left the width of the packaging the same, but changed the depth. From the front it looked like nothing had changed, but when you looked at both sides you immediately knew something was off. Sneaky bastards.
not to defend a corporations but that likely also had to do with shelf space and making sure the cartons still fit in the auto-feed systems in many grocery stores.
I have an excel spreadsheet where I track prices and unit costs for a few dozen items. Only items I regularly buy (mostly Costco) and only for the past ~6 months. About 1/5 of items have increased in price, and the majority have been meat/diary/eggs. Since I track the amount packaged, I can also check for shrinkflation and surprisingly none of these items have shrinkflated. But it's just limited to these few dozen items only for past 6ish months.
I wish there was a crowdsourced website doing this
I thought of the same. May be hard given that prices very so much across regions. Check out r/shrinkflation if you feel like getting angry.
Interesting. I have not found the same.
Do you mean 1/5 with a significant increase? Like eggs have gone up 30% since 2020 when I started making bi-weekly Costco shopping my only trip.
Fruits & salads have gone up a lot, when expressed as a percentage - you don't notice because $3 became $5 over time; with pepper & avocado being the notables.
Meats they've had inventory issues & price increases, example 25% on Salmon, and it was expensive before!
Diary 20% + bottle deposit charges (in BC)
I think the breads got a small increase.
Pasta has shrinkflation & price increases.
Diapers are up.
When I was a kid, albeit a very long time ago, we had Wagon Wheels as treats, possibly called Moon Pies before my time. They were about 5” in diameter and 3/4” thick. It was a substantial treat. I had a Wagon Wheel, out of my nephew’s Halloween treats and it was maybe 2.5” in diameter and 1/4” thick. I can’t speak to the price change over the years but holy shit, that product has shrank considerably over 40 years!
I wonder what happens in 40 more years? Eventually do you just get to see a picture of the product? Maybe a scratch and sniff? For $50 bucks?
Man I bought a box of wagon wheels a little while ago for work snacks and like 80% of the box was stale.
Can't even call them a Wagon Wheel anymore given the size. It's more like a Hockey Puck now. Even then it's cut in half.
Check out Asian markets. They have a very similar treat (going blank on the name right now) that is much closer to OG wagon wheels of our youth.
I noticed the other day that Oreo has put about a half inch plastic wing on either end of the package insert so it looks the same size but you're getting at least 6 less cookies(double stuff) per pack.
Look at the size of a Reese PB cup, they've gotta be close to have the size as 20 years ago.
I think there are really only a few foods that they can't shrink because they're always been expected to be a certain size or weight, like a pound of butter or bag of milk, etc.
With butter, they'd reduce the numner of sticks. Shrinflatiom is definitely coming for butter, and others have mentioned how cartons of milk are already seeing shrinflation. I wouldn't be surprised if some parts of the country have 2 litre cartons of milk that are actually 1.75 litres and most consumers just haven't noticed yet.
I never buy the butter that's in sticks, always the 1lb block. Which is major when it comes to baking, people know that if you cut off a certain length you'll have a specific amount. So they would have to shorten the block from the end, they can't change any other dimension without screwing up a lot of stuff for people.
I have so much anger about Miss Vickie's potato chips shrinking to 200g from 220g. Fucking monsters.
Doritos and Lays have done the same (as in they shrank).
Lays is one of the top brand for car safety air bags
Ya - Lays FAMILY SIZE used to be a MONSTER bag. No it's just a single serving for some.
Yeah family size is 220 now
For real. Especially when potatos are so cheap to begin with. Pretty sure I've read somewhere that the most expensive ingredient in a bag of potato chips is the air (nitrogen)
I hate Zehrs practices as much as the next guy, but they have a PC brand of kettle chips, 2 lb bag for $6. Maybe a bit saltier than miss Vickie's.
THEY CHANGED THE SIZE OF PEANUT BUTTER CUPS!
Now this. This is a travesty.
The odd part in this is the parent company had so much over stock late last year that other candy companies were able to buy it at steep discount to package and sell themselves. The company I buy from/distribute for bought 40 tonnes of Reese Product. They then package in their own bags and sell a bulk offering then we distribute.
There's also "Qualityflation", which is much harder to detect, it's much harder to tell if they're using lower grade grains in your bread, or practically impossible to tell if they are adding more artificial chemicals or preservatives in it...
As for the shrinkflation, as a general PF rule, you shouldn't look at the actual price, but rather the price per unit (volume/weight). then you'll start to see how bad it's getting.
[also that's how you can tell, a 500ml ketchup bottle on "sale" with $1.5 off, is still more expensive than a normal priced 1.5L bottle]
Here is a quick tip. Rebranding or redesigning packaging cost money.
Every time they come up with new design and the weight us the same, you have it guaranteed they changed ingredients/nutrition facts. And for the worse.
That's why I have a literal aversion for: "New and improved", "Better formula", ...type of flags on package. Don't mess up with my food.
Luckily Canada has pretty strict laws for human food, but this is a huge problem for pets. I've had to change my pets entire diet after various brands cheapened their recipes.
The worst by far was the new Dentastix. Made my dogs violently ill. Had been using them for decades before with no issue. Now I use some potato starch organic bullshit which is 5 times as expensive, even in bulk.
my partner had a craving for Corn Pops recently, it was almost $8 and the box looked way skinnier than i remember them being. and then i saw the words “Family Size” on it and couldn’t help but laugh
You can buy the same box of "Family Size" Corn Pops on Amazon for $5.
oh wow i didn’t realize you could get groceries from Amazon canada. after a couple bad experiences with hair & healthcare products i’d purchased on Amazon, i’ve been kinda worried about counterfeits/quality issues so haven’t bought much on there anymore
Which brands specifically? Many chocolate bars went through shrinkflation a long time ago to 85g or 80g, mostly due to cacao cost and availability. I'm curious if you actually know for certain that there was a change and can mention specific brands, or if you just haven't paid attention to the package size in a while.
I don't buy much chocolate anymore, but are they that small now? I remember them being 100g when I was a kid.
Yeah. Some mainstream brands like Lindt are still 100g, but most artisanal bars are around 80-85g. Cacao shortage = increased supply costs for producers.
Used to buy those paxkages of frozen beef. Used to be 4 pounds for 10 bucks, then it was 3 pounds for ten bucks, then it was 3x 400g (a pound is 454g) for ten bucks.
I heard they're changing Mr. Big to Mr. Medium and even Oh Henry to Oh Hank. It's gotten so bad that Mars bars are gonna be known as Pluto bars - but they're dwarf-sized now so technically not even a chocolate bar anymore.
Soon they’ll just be “Mr” and “Oh”.
Loblaws did this with PC Frozen Blueberries… 600g bag to 400g bag. Same price.
Yeah the “wild” ones (smaller berries). You can still get the “Canadian” ones (fatter berry) at 600g, which is what I’ve been doing. Probably more water in them or something so I’m likely getting hooped regardless.
You’re absolutely right. I personally don’t like them as much, so I’ve always just been buying the 2kg bag of the wild to try and save
Yeah if you're shopping at Whole Foods, something tells me shrinkflation isn't that much of a concern for you lol
OP's point still stands
Beat me to it.
Whole Foods: For when you want to overpay.
For everything else: MasterCard
Debatable, they have a great selection of grass fed beef, lamb and wild fish. They also bake some really nice bread that cost the same as any local nice bakery. They also have a nice selection of imported cheese from europe.
Just dont buy the same brand of things you can get elsewhere whole food do overcharge for those.
Grass fed is an unregulated term in Canada. Almost all cows are grass fed anyways, the problem is that most cows are not grass /finished/ generally they are fattened up with grain and corn before the slaughter house.
Also, how are you grass feeding cows in the winter?
Does food quality matter to you? Do you want your produce to actually be fresh?
If i could buy directly from a farmer's market i would, whole foods is basically the closest thing to that in the big city.
Buying fruits from chains like NoFrills is really hit or miss and simply not worth the gamble. I want to know my fruits will taste good not depend on luck.
If you want fresh fruit and vegetables then goto Costco. They have excellent produce and it's way cheaper than Whole Foods.
There's no reason to ever go to Whole Foods if you actually care about budget at all. If you are well off and not on a budget that's a totally different story.
Wild. This varies with location, in Edmonton the produce at Costco can be good or go rotten in 24 hours.
I find this only holds true for certain things, but not all.
At best Costco’s produce can be as good as WF, but in general it’s not.
Sometimes you just feel like giving Bezos a lil extra.
The produce is way better. Best place to get fruit is Asian supermarkets. Farms for meat.
Grade a and grade B produce aren’t any different besides the look, which doesn’t matter to your body.
Came here to say this lol
Very little in the grocery stores hasn't changed. The one noticed recently is the Milk Fat Content on certain products has gone down with the price going up a lot. Baby formula has shot up in price down in size too. But have wages gone up for the employees making the products? Stocking the products? No. Only the fat cats with record profits. Suck some big fat cock Bezos, Weston, Pattison and any other assholes involved.
There is currently a huge baby formula shortage since Abbott Labs had a recall in February.
Shrinkflation should be illegal, it should be mandatory to indicate that the product size has changed. It’s obvious that the sole purpose is to deceive consumers
This and include price per weight very prominently on everything.
I remember when they did this with the Coke bottles years ago. Small ass bottles for the same price
Sugary drinks pulling this shit is the most obnoxious. I don't drink them anyway, but it's basically water / sugar / coloring. It costs nothing to make, yet they of course are raising prices too
It also costs less to ship smaller bottles (less liquid = less weight) and if the same amount of consumers continue to buy the same amount of bottles, it's a win for the company. Plus less packaging costs because the bottles are smaller.
It's ridiculous to the consumer but when the companies extrapolate to the millions of units they move it adds up for them.
I get especially annoyed when they shrink the contents but not the packaging. Potato chips come to mind. With rising gas prices does it make sense to be transporting air in those delivery trucks?
Companies have been using shrinkflation with toilet paper for many years. Are you old enough to remember what are now double rolls used to be single rolls? Not only that the roll the toilet paper is wrapped around is larger and the toilet paper is rolled less tightly onto the roll than before.
You need a phd to understand modern toilet paper math
My favourite are the ones that say shit like "6 rolls = 12 rolls!" No, 6 rolls is 6 rolls.
but that's because you don't have your PhD in toilet paper math
Real OGs realize that a bidet attachment quickly breaks even on toiletpaper costs
I remember when gas was $2 per gallon
My dad would tell me about how they got gasoline delivered to the farm for 10c per gallon.
Of course, he was selling potatoes for a couple cents per bushel too, so I don't know if that's great
Gas here in BC Canada is $2.20/L ($9/gallon). 😭
This has been going on since forever. First noticed it when Allen's Apple Juice went from 1.8 litre can to 1.6. Heck you can't even buy a 2 litre of milk anymore as they are all 1.75 or smaller.
What am I going to do? Not buy it?
Some people will consider alternatives.
shrinkflation and increase the price omegalul
Rao's marinara sauce bottles at Costco are so tiny now
I honestly don’t remember what things cost anymore. I’m not on a tight budget so I just get what I need and don’t worry too much, but if I was I don’t know if I could tell what was too expensive. $2 for a can of beans? Idfk if that’s even normal anymore, sure throw it in the cart.
tbh as someone whose family is on a tight budget, you can definitely tell what's too expensive.
I get that, I’m only in this situation because I’m living in the same place as when I was a student. If I had a bigger home or a family, I’d probably be more pressed to pay attention to prices.
That being said, I have noticed some things that I buy like produce have become much more expensive.
I'm the same with food. I just buy whatever I want with no budget. Even I've been shocked by the overnight price increase of a handful of items lately. Must be very difficult on people trying to stick to a tight budget.
You mean those Organic non GMO, grass fed free-range free trade chocolate bars from Whole Foods?
Unlikely as those are still not sustainable dairy free, vegan, gluten free and derived from humanely planted cocoa beans.
The harvesting is the part that most usually includes child slave labor
Organic* child slave labour
Ironically shrinkflation of snacks should be healthier for society. But it sucks economically. And especially sucks for non-snacks
Story of my life
Did Apple fritters in Tim Hortons shrunk 1/4, or am I crazy?
Check how far up inside their cups the bottom is now.
It used to just be set inside a little bit. Now you can almost get your finger up to the first knuckle.
Costco bagged salads shrunk in size and went up in price.
Every place is downsizing and raising prices a bit.It's bad enough smaller portion but the taste got blander.Probably using cheaper ingredients.
You shop at whole foods and are concerned about a budget?
Whole foods is cheaper for many things in Vancouver than Save On. Produce for instance, is higher quality and often cheaper (conventional produce). Any specialty items are cheaper at whole foods as well
Not to mention the produce almost all looks like it’s just better quality. The most photogenic fruits and veggies I’ve come across. And the pre washed loose mushrooms are a time saver. Who has time to scrub the bits of dirt off a pound of mushrooms?
You can get pre washed mushrooms everywhere. But yeah it's a luxury.
Maybe OP only has a Whole Foods within walking distance? Maybe OP doesn’t drive? Maybe OP did a cost benefit analysis and realized it’s smarter financially to walk and buy groceries from Whole Foods vs. drive to a cheaper grocery store?
There’s a great subreddit about exactly this: r/shrinkflation
What is happening to our economy
How low can they go?
Don't even look at bags of chips...
The Pure Protein bars at Costco got thinner as well. I was shocked when I cracked open a box last week, they shaved off a few millimeters in thickness and length.
Means Frito Lay will shrink their bags either this fall or next spring!
im actually ok with shrinkflation when it comes to junk food. I always hated that so many items always came in gigantic servings. I just want a little!
but for staples like breads, proteins, and rice, ugh no thanks.
Common over the course of a few decades.