Like most people, I try to shop wisely and keep my eyes open for good deals. I look for bargains on everything from modern bedding to food, clothing and crafts. I do this out of necessity. Unfortunately, manufacturers and retailers have grown increasingly savvy too. To counteract cost-conscious consumers, they have implemented more subtle ways to increase prices, such as shrinking product sizes while maintaining or increasing current prices.
Case in point. Each year after Christmas, I purchase a few gourmet treats. In 2009, I got hooked on Crate and Barrel’s chocolate covered graham crackers, so this past season, I picked up a few containers at half off. Imagine my surprise when I returned home and discovered that their 2010 tins were one third smaller than the 2009 tins! I don’t know how the prices compared, but I’d bet my bottom dollar that they did not reduce their price accordingly!
Now, if I had purchased that product strictly for the crackers, I would have been highly disappointed. But, here are a few things I do – and you can too – to help stretch your dollar further:
- Look for products in multi-purpose packaging. As much as I enjoy the graham crackers, I buy this product because it also comes in a pretty tin that I use for craft storage!
- Look for product packaging that you can recycle. For instance, that pretty green ribbon is perfect for incorporating into a card, a scrapbook page, or a gift!
Do you have any similar shopping experiences to share? How about suggestions for what to store in these incredible shrinking tins? As always, I welcome your feedback!
Have a fabulous weekend dear friends! For more on this topic, read USA Today’s Shoppers Beware article.
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