I am supposed to be watching my salt, but I can't resist buying those
Cheez-It Party Mixes occasionally. About a year ago I noticed that
the boxes were smaller, but the price was the same.
They have started using the larger boxes again, but now it says....20
The sure didn't put 20 percent less on the smaller boxes.
We had a speaker at work that talked about the government's "Cost of
Based on what I heard, I specifically asked about the trend where
manufacturers reduce the size of the product instead of raising the
For many items this results in the government reporting 0% inflation
for those products since the price has not gone up.
Another example of the games they can play:
The iPad was introduced at a certain price point. The iPad 2, which is
"better" than the original iPad, was introduced at the same price
point. The government considers that a *reduction* in cost, since
consumers are getting more technology for the same amount of money.
Somewhere in the bowels of their statistical calculations, they factor
in a *deflation* in the price of certain items, even if the cost is
That calculation can result in a lower cost of living, even though the
consumer spent the exact amount of money.
It must be outside.
I buy the multi unit packs that are wrapped in clear plastic, with each
individual unit inside having its own wrapping. I store them in the
garage with the outer wrap still covering the inner wrapped units. Kinda
like you take slices of bread from the wrapped loaf.
We keep them in the basement. Sometimes we buy individually wrapped TP/
PT in bulk packages, sometimes they're not individually wrapped.
Either way they don't get "dirty". If they do, then the towels on the
shelves and the clothes on the line must be getting dirty too.
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