Food Inflation Kept Hidden in Tinier Bags

With unemployment still high, companies in recent months have tried to camouflage price increases by selling their products in tiny and tinier packages. So far, the changes are most visible at the grocery store, where shoppers are paying the same amount, but getting less.

For Lisa Stauber, stretching her budget to feed her nine children in Houston often requires careful monitoring at the store. Recently, when she cooked her usual three boxes of pasta for a big family dinner, she was surprised by a smaller yield, and she began to suspect something was up.

“Whole wheat pasta had gone from 16 ounces to 13.25 ounces,” she said. “I bought three boxes and it wasn’t enough ”” that was a little embarrassing. I bought the same amount I always buy, I just didn’t realize it, because who reads the sizes all the time?”

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2 comments on “Food Inflation Kept Hidden in Tinier Bags

  1. Frater says:


    I never heard back from you, but I thought you should know that our Dad is home from the hospital.

  2. Stefano says:

    [blockquote]”… because who reads the sizes all the time?”[/blockquote]

    For one, I do. I also take advantage of those mandated unit pricing tags on the shelves. Good grief! They practically hold your hand about everything when you shop, at least look at the labels once in a while!