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September 6, 2013

Frustrations mount over small-sized items

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Dear Jill,

I saw 96-ounce ‘gallons’ of milk at the store recently. A gallon is 128 ounces. Do they think we have forgotten our weights and measures? I swear, this is part of the dumbing down of America and we’re just supposed to blindly accept it. Along with not teaching cursive writing in schools anymore, they must not be teaching how many ounces are in a pint, quart and gallon.

Devin L.

Dear Jill,

I can rattle off all kinds of things that have shrunk. Pound boxes of pasta are now 12 ounces. Pasta sauce is worse - it used to be a 32-ounce jar and now I see them at 26 and 24 ounces depending on the brand. Another sneaky thing they do is change the label to be misleading. I use a peroxide-based toothpaste and the last time I bought it, it said something like ‘now with more peroxide.’ Well, that may have been true, but the new tube had half an ounce less than my old tube! I also noticed a brand of double-roll toilet paper went from 300 sheet to 260, but it is still called a ‘double roll.’ It’s ridiculous how small things are getting. Just raise the price a little already. I won’t buy a 50-sheet box of facial tissues!

Karen J.

I agree. As much as I want to save money, unless these new, smaller products are also fantastically priced deals, I’d rather see the price go up a little versus seeing newly defined pints, quarts and gallons. As shoppers, we do vote with our dollars. If one brand has downsized its product, but a competitor hasn’t, you have a choice.

Smart Living Tip: When you first notice that a brand has downsized one of its products, take a moment to look through the shelf at the store for the ‘old’ version. If you plan to buy the product anyway, look for the old, larger size to maximize your value. It’s a temporary fix, as the next time you need to buy the product you will likely have to buy the new-style items.

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