Monday, October 05, 2009

Disgruntled Consumer

As my kids are growing, so are their appetites. I have 3 skinny kids and really didn't think they ate a lot. But as the groceries seem to dwindle at a rapid pace, I am now realizing that yes, they ARE little piggies. Either that, or I'm eating in my sleep.


If you take a look at my checkbook, other than bill entries, you mostly see: "Wegmans", "Foodtown", "Wegmans", "Wegmans", etc., etc. We are constantly taking trips to the food store.

Quite honestly, it's breaking the bank.

I've been trying different ideas to cut back on the expense. I buy store brand items, whenever possible. Most products from Wegmans are great, some not so much. I try something new every trip to see if it will pass the taste test with my kids. If it does, it makes onto the list, permanently.

I also have been taking their snacks and breaking them down into snack bags. I purchase the store brand, snack sized, ziploc baggies and place one serving size in each. Though time consuming, I have to say, that since doing this, I see that snacks last a LOT longer. The kids no longer sit in front of the tv with a bag of pretzels and polish it off. The mindless eating was spoiling their real meals and costing me a fortune. The snack bag actually fills them; the bag empties and they are done. It's SO worth the effort!

Can I get an Amen?

This morning I took a large box of Goldfish and a bag of Teddy Grahams and looked at the label. I actually counted out each serving and filled as many bags as I could. I then placed them in a plastic basket in the snack cabinet.

That's when I noticed something. According to the Teddy Grahams box I should have had 10 servings. The Goldfish box should have had 32.

They ripped me off! I was a serving short on bears and 4 servings off on Goldfish. Now I understand that some of the food gets crushed in the box. There were a few pieces of the graham crackers in the bottom of the bag and quite a big of the Goldfish. BUT....not THAT much was mashed.

How long have I been gypped? Think about how that adds up over the years.

Shame on you Pepperidge Farms and Nabisco! How about some FREE coupons?


Baloney said...

the NERVE! Too funny.
I think you should start documenting and write to them. They probably have online complaint forms?
Maybe you will get some freebies!
I've done that with Sonic before and they just send a coupon. Unfortunately it doesn't mean they fix the problem.

Dina said...

Good for you for taking the time to notice. We are doing the same thing over here. I actually went through each receipt for the month to see what we actually spent on for food, so I can figure out how to manage their ravaging appetites in a healthy way. IT is not easy! Coupons are my new best friend, but I still don't get how the Masters can stretch a buck as much as they do. Oy!

♥georgie♥ said...

I so hope you get some free coupons for this!!!
maybe i will start doing that to see how much we are getting jipp'd...
veddy interesting!

Dawn said...


I hope you get some free stuff for it. You deserve it. Heck, WE ALL deserve it!

Here's one you can try: M&M's, Candy Corn & pretzels in a baggie! Yummy! =)

Nicolle said...

Just happened upon your blog. You should SO email them. Too long of a story to go into here, but you know the Welch's fruit snacks. There are NOT 24 pouches per box. I have been given 3 free boxes from them because of this, but they don't seem to care to fix it. I have been shorted as many as 7 pouches per box.

I hear ya!


Baloney said...

Left you something on my blog. :)

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

I'm shopping at Aldi's, for our closet/lunch bag staples, these days. Also, hitting the pasta cupboard pretty hard, too. YAY for free coupons!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

That's something good to know! How dare they rip us off? Other companies never do that! NEVER!

The Fritz Facts said...

I have noticed this with a few different things, and Peperidge Farms isn't the worst at all...which is sad.

Life with Kaishon said...

This is hilarious : )
We are so lucky because there is a Peppridge Farm outlet not too far from our house. Kaishon eats goldfish like they are going out of style : ) I am popping over from Baloney's page today. Isn't she the best?

Patois said...

Hey, why don't you tweet this and see how they respond?

If Dooce and Maytag can...

Krystal said...

I gave you an award! Go get it from my blog!!!

Karly said...

How annoying!

I really don't buy snack food around here. I'm not sure why, but my kids don't really do snacks. Or if they do, it's a slice of cheese or a PB and J. Weird, man.

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

You've Been Ghosted!!!

Stop by and pick up your puking pumpkin -- you're welcome!!!