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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 08:43 AM
Now, my wife usually does the shopping and I admit I really had not been in a while. I thought I had become a giant, but really, everything is just shrinking. I mean EVERYTHING is getting smaller. All the sizes and portions are shrinking, on everything.

Can anyone explain this and why it is happening?

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 09:05 AM
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Now, my wife usually does the shopping and I admit I really had not been in a while. I thought I had become a giant, but really, everything is just shrinking. I mean EVERYTHING is getting smaller. All the sizes and portions are shrinking, on everything.

Can anyone explain this and why it is happening?



It is very simple. People's hands have gotten smaller by 3/16th of an inch over the years as we moved from an agricultural to an industrial society. It became harder to pick up the bigger items off of the food shelves.

Food companies saw this and made things smaller so they would be easier to handle. They care about us.

Kidding aside, I recently noticed that the o.j. companies now only put 59 ounces into the older 64 ounce, phony half gallon, containers that they still use. I told the store manager and he said it is the consumers fault if they think that size container has to contain 64 ounces.

Greed at work.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 09:15 AM
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Greed at work


Actually, it has everything to do with printing money out of thin air. The exact opposite is happening to your savings. They are stealing right out from under the noses of Americans and they don't even know who is doing this to them.

Isn't financial warfare fun! Just wait for the hyperinflation to kick in!

Maybe this has something to do with it ??? A trillion dollar coin? Shades of Zimbabwe ??? I am pretty sure gravity works the same way here as it does in the rest of the world.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 09:28 AM
The diminished purchasing power of the the dollar has led to smaller portion sizes, which eases the upward pressure on prices. It's stealth inflation.
 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 09:32 AM
It's a government program to address the obesity problem.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 09:48 AM
condoms are smaller these days as well

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 09:49 AM
jerry, good for you to have taken on the shopping this time.
New world out there in the grocery store ,huh!

I like humor and get the need for it.
I got lost though in ya'll post after jery's.

My post....
groceries, food cost.
When you don't have someone else paying for it, (Food Stamps), we Middle-Class go for meal deals, coupons. Store brands on things work like some cleaning supplies. I ahve told by friends, sorry, but they do not skip on cleaning supplies. Lysol or nothing. Clorox bleach or bust!
I agree with that.
Some things like glass cleaner , more minor things, you can buy store brand and alternate with the brand names.

Dollar tree type stores for some things like aluminum deposable pans.

Ok, you can see I consider myself a serious grocery shopper.
:-)
Sad thing is for me, I say food is the one luxury I can afford.
I don't really have money for fancy clothes, vacations and things.
I will buy the good tasting deli chicken salad and things . Some things I skimp on .
That is my choice of what to buy with my hard earned money to make me happy .

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 11:07 AM
The problem is, your dollars and now getting you less by them reducing the portion sizes without adjusting the price. As one poster said, stealth inflation. Just wait until the portion sizes go down and your prices go up. Then it will smack you in the face. I have never in my lifetime, seen portion sizes dropping across the board in all food categories. Even beer is starting to go to 18 bottles instead of 24 bottles per case.

Right now, you will never be able to buy some these hard goods any cheaper than you will be able to buy them right now. Things like toilet paper, tooth paste, soup, etc. Things that will last a long time that you are going to need aren't going to get any cheaper.

The same thing can be said for the "savers" out there. The buying power of their dollar is going down and they can't keep up with the real rate of inflation. Savers are getting wiped out by the printing of the dollar.

Deceptive inflation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWr_6mx4Pro

Inflation is going to continue and if the hyperinflation ensues, well, good luck.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 12:34 PM
I agree.
I understand.
Thanks.

The bulk sized things are good and a good buy for your dollar....sometimes...depends on who your are and your need.
Bulks sizes are good if you have a party, are buying something for the office/school or has a family who will use that often.

Costco and Sams selling bulk sizes realy don't pay for me to shop there.
I have a small family.
Items would be get wormy. Go unused. It is not always practical .

[Edited on 1/20/2013 by SGirl]

 

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Right now, you will never be able to buy some these hard goods any cheaper than you will be able to buy them right now. Things like toilet paper, tooth paste, soup, etc. Things that will last a long time that you are going to need aren't going to get any cheaper.


So, what you are saying is...that as time goes by, things get more expensive?

Never heard of that before.


 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 01:46 PM
Stores have sold 18 packs forever - that's the way some of the mass produced beers have always sold - nobody I know calls that a 'case'. They also sell them in 30 packs.

If they are all still 12 ounce bottles, how is that relevant to whatever point you are trying to make?

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 02:51 PM
I've watched the price of groceries rise for a while now and I know a lot of the increases have to do with things other than the value of the dollar. Weather effects certain crops, the cost of the losses are passed along to the consumer. I always hit dollar general before I go to the grocery store so I can get the things I need there first. For instance, Kleenex that we use is $1.39 a box in the stores, at DG it's $1. Deals are still out there, you just have to shop wisely. And yes, in order to keep the price of something at say $1.50 they will put less in the package...for some people it's a good thing in that their grocery bill doesn't go up as much.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 02:56 PM
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condoms are smaller these days as well

built for comfort, built for speed


Has there been a measurable difference in the outcome of this performance enhancement or are they just trying to save some rubber trees?

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 04:24 PM
It's all about price point. An item priced at 99 cents will sell twice as much as if was priced at $1.09. It's only 10cents but it sounds so much more. Things getting smaller to preserve an acceptable price point has been going on for years. 32 oz mayo is now 28 oz , 5lb sugar is now 4 lb and ice cream has gone from 1/2 gal to 1.75 to1.5 now. Large bulk items like dog food and rock salt have gotten smaller because of OSHA rules. Workers are not supposed to lift more than 40lbs without help.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2013 at 04:46 PM
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I've watched the price of groceries rise for a while now and I know a lot of the increases have to do with things other than the value of the dollar. Weather effects certain crops, the cost of the losses are passed along to the consumer. I always hit dollar general before I go to the grocery store so I can get the things I need there first. For instance, Kleenex that we use is $1.39 a box in the stores, at DG it's $1. Deals are still out there, you just have to shop wisely. And yes, in order to keep the price of something at say $1.50 they will put less in the package...for some people it's a good thing in that their grocery bill doesn't go up as much.



Rising fuel costs have a lot to do with the recent price hikes.
Look at this way. Starting with the seeds to grow corn. Each step has to pay the rising cost so each step adds a little more to the final price. Trucking the seeds to the distributor, same for the store, then the farmer plants, sprays, fertilizes, and harvests the corn. The jobber buys and ships the crop, the producer (cannery) ships to a distributor, they ship to a jobber, then it's shipped to the store distribution center, then to the store.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 12:06 AM
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Now, my wife usually does the shopping and I admit I really had not been in a while. I thought I had become a giant, but really, everything is just shrinking. I mean EVERYTHING is getting smaller. All the sizes and portions are shrinking, on everything.

Can anyone explain this and why it is happening?



Yes, I think so. I read somewhere it has everything to do with printing money out of thin air. The problem is, your dollars and now getting you less by them reducing the portion sizes without adjusting the price.

check this out...Deceptive inflation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWr_6mx4Pro

 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 02:36 AM
So would you recommend that I sell my silver now and buy toilet paper? Or would the loss of future profits in the metals market not be offset by the future increase of the toilet paper?

By the way, toothpaste tubes have expiration dates, so I'm not sure it would make a good long term investment. But you are the guru, so I will defer to your wisdom.


 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 07:45 AM
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So would you recommend that I sell my silver now and buy toilet paper? Or would the loss of future profits in the metals market not be offset by the future increase of the toilet paper?

By the way, toothpaste tubes have expiration dates, so I'm not sure it would make a good long term investment. But you are the guru, so I will defer to your wisdom.

Toilet paper depreciates tremendously as soon as you use it.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 09:24 AM
If you are down to selling your silver or buying TP, you are screwed anyway.

If you can't go to the grocery and see how bad you are getting screwed by the printing of money, then you never will.

As far as other "factors" contributing to the rise in food cost, that is a BS way of them not alarming you to what is really going on. How many times have you even heard of the media describing the increase in food cost as inflation? It's ALWAYS something else. But hey, if they keep jamming it down your throats long enough, you start believing it. People need to turn the propoganda machines off.

Hyperinflation Nation ... coming to Amerika ... SOON!
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Good luck when the hyperinflation hits, you are all going to need it.


The coming world financial collapse explained in 3 minutes (so funny, I cried)
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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 09:27 AM

Subway is telling consumers a foot long doesnt literally mean 12 inches.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 09:28 AM
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Subway is telling consumers a foot long doesnt literally mean 12 inches.

I've been telling my wife that for years.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 09:32 AM
At least now with the downsizing of products, my magnum condoms now fit

 

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At least now with the downsizing of products, my magnum condoms now fit


 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 09:53 AM
Too funny. Good one.


I am afraid you won't be laughing for long. Too bad for Amerika.


Keep drinking kids, it must taste grate!

 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 12:29 PM
Okay,.....so the effing sky is falling.....wtf do you expect us do to about it? You just want to come in here and spread a layer of doom and gloom in the room? Yes, groceries cost more, sizes are smaller and the dollar doesn't go as far as it used to. Welcome to my world....I used to feed a family of 4, a baby, a dog and a cat for $25 a week....can't be done now. And that was in '72. Who's to blame for the past forty years of me paying more at the cash registier? Unless you've got practical ideas as to what we can do about a situation....like right now, not long range....the what's the reason for even bringing it up?

 

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