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My Version Of Sticker Shock

Posted by terrepruitt on February 27, 2014

I am aware that lunch meat is not one of the healthiest of things to be eating.  But I LOVE sandwiches.  I also love that my husband will eat a sandwich that I make and send to work with him instead of eating out every day.  He does eat lunch out on occasion.  A sandwich with lunch meat is healthier than what he eats when he eats out.  But this post is not REALLY about lunch meat.  It is about prices.  It is about paying attention.  It is about packaging.  It is about knowing what you are buying.  In my opinion, food manufacturers are tricky.  I was in the store not too long ago buying lunch meat.  I prefer the meat that my husband gets at Costco, but he has not made that trip in a bit so I am buying lunch meat from the grocery store.  It is a good idea to look at the per ounce prices on things.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaI looked at the package of lunch meat that I normally buy and decided upon a really quick glance that there was another brand that was less expensive and to my delight tastier.  I was trying to decide which turkey to buy when I saw the roast beef.  My hubby gets turkey ALL THE TIME so I thought, “Oh, I will get the roast beef instead.  It is the same price.”  But as I picked it up I happened to look at the per ounce price on this brand.  I didn’t really expect it to be different, in fact I was confused at first because the package was the same, but there was a 12¢ difference.  That is when I look at the weight.  The WEIGHT was not the same.  The turkey was 9 oz and the roast beef was 7 oz.  So even though I would be paying the same amount I would be getting two ounces less.

I don’t know for certain, but I can imagine that I bought this roast beef before.  And I bet that I didn’t even notice the weight difference because the package is the same.  Exactly the same.  So I bet I didn’t even look at the weight because I thought I was getting the same amount of roast beef as I was turkey for the same price.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaNow, really, if you want roast beef you are probably going to get it.  I just think this is tricky.  But — yes, it is clearly labeled as different amounts.  I just really like that little “price per unit” amount the put on shelf labels.  It really helps.  Sometimes things LOOK more expensive because the price on the package might be more, but when you really look and compare it could be that the price of what you are buying is really less.  I say “price per unit” because sometimes it is ounce and sometimes it is something else, just depends on what you are buying.  So I use this information often.  But usually between different brands.

It is so small and so many of us are in a hurry — especially at the grocery store — I thought I would share.  Actually, I thought I would share because this annoyed me.  I felt like I would have been duped if I bought the roast beef.  And that really would have just been ME . . . I mean I was the one that thought they were the same size for the same price.  I know about the “price per . . .” information, but since the packages are the same I ASSUMED (uh-oh!)  🙂  Since I was comparing lunch meat prices I happened to look at the per ounce price on this brand.  I was shocked and annoyed.

I have also been paying attention to the prices at the store near my Nia class because although it is really convenient, I think it might be more expensive than the one closer to my house.  So I have been really looking close!

Anyway . . . I guess I am just saying if you have the time and the inkling – really LOOK at what you are buying and use the “price per unit” portion of the shelf label!

Do you compare prices when you shop?  Do you stick to your particular brands?  Are you like me and you just really want to get in the store and get out?

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