You keep hearing people discuss food prices going up. You can see and feel gas prices going up, no doubt. Food? That's a little sneakier. I kept hearing about it, but never really noticing it.
Until I noticed it.
The past couple of times I've been to my local store, Publix, I've noticed. Now, I never used to shop at Publix in my old city because a) there was none near me and especially b) Winn Dixie was much cheaper. Moving to this new city, the nearest Winn Dixie is miles and miles away (6?) while Publix is less than one. I've enjoyed Publix, especially their Buy-One-Get-One (BOGO) sales.
Isabel LOVES Campbell's soups, especially Dora and Disney Princess cans. Yes, I am paying more for the stupid character. They used to sell for $1.25 a can and once a month, they'd put them on sale; 10 for $10, or $1 a can. I'd stock up. Last week, I go to get more. They're 3 for $5. I do the math. $1.66 each. Holy increase, Batman! Do they think by putting "3 for $5" we'd be fooled?
We like Cheez-itz. The 16 ounce box for $3 something has shrunk to a 10, yes 10 ounce box for the same price! I put it back.
General Mills fruit snacks - $2.25 a box?
The generic grocery store yogurts that were 10 for $5 (or 50 cents each) are now 10 for $5.50. Ok, they went up a nickle each....and came DOWN two ounces in size!!
I was stunned. I heard about it and never saw it until now. I came home dejected, telling David that we would be buying most of our items at the Super Wal-Mart down the road, that sells the soup for $1.36 instead of $1.66, that sells 16 ounce Cheez-Itz boxes at the same price as the 10 ounce at the grocery store. Where General Mills fruit snacks are $1.50 instead of $2.25.
I'll still stop at Publix for the meat department, and pick up BOGO items, but no longer can I justify going there for everyday staples.