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As much effort as we put in researching our articles, the best tips often come from loyal subscribers. Take our article Groceries - 9 Foods That Are Shrinking; if we were writing it today, we’d have to up the number and change the title because of the valuable feedback from our readers. Thanks to their input, we have identified another six products that have shrunk. We will continue to grow this list and expose the companies that are cheating consumers by downsizing their products. We want to thank our Cheap Champs for sharing the info.
1. Quilted Northern Toilet Paper - is nothing sacred? (Jason)
“Quilted Northern toilet paper pulled a dirty little trick. Instead of less sheets on a roll, they narrowed the whole roll. They can still say it's got the same number of sheets and is the same "length" as the old rolls, but the overall square footage is lower. I noticed when I replaced an old roll and it seemed too small for the holder. I compared the cardboard rolls and the new ones are about 1/2" thinner (lengthwise).”
Our note: Seems like a dangerous area to start cutting corners. We really appreciate the full width stuff.
2. Outing the Girl Scouts (JN)
“Take a look at Girl Scout Cookies... it's shocking - not only has the packaging shrunk and the cookie shrunk, but the cookies dont even go to the top of the box and it's still apparently 25 cents more expensive.”
Our note: Amazed that yours have only gone up by 25 cents. In our area, the cookies are fetching $4 a box and yes, they are obviously smaller. We also noticed that they don't seem to taste as good as they used to. Lower quality ingredients?
3. Azteca Paper Thin Flour Tortilla Shells (Ronnie J)
“They's so thin now my burrito's see through.”
Our note: Yup, sometimes there so thin that they won't hold the meat inside the burrito. One other thing of note: sometimes they aren't cooked all the way. They basically are "doughy" in the middle.
4. Boston Market's To Go Lite (Kenman)
Ever notice the to-go containers used in serving side items at Chik-fil-a & Boston Market are pressed up in the middle? (By a LOT!) Makes the container look as if your getting as much as you used to. Flip it over (with the lid secure of course)to see how much volume they cut out of the portion. Just another rip-off from restaurants.
Our note: Maybe they found the same container maker as Arrowhead Spring Water.