(Toledo News Now) – Many products have gotten smaller in recent years. Most times you notice it because the box is smaller, but the latest slimming product is harder to catch.
We are all familiar with grocery products that are not the same size they used to be, and so many have downsized the past few years. The latest are some very popular snack crackers.
Carol Stacey, like a lot of shoppers, has noticed her grocery bill going up, but the weight of her shopping cart going down.
"Definitely, you can definitely tell these are lighter," said Stacey.
Stacey is referring to the new boxes of Triscuit crackers, the latest grocery product to be downsized.
"I'm not happy about it, but it's a sign of the times!" said Stacey.
Nabisco recently changed the size of several of its snack crackers, according to the website The Consumerist. The old 9.5 ounce box is now just 9 ounces. The reduced fat version will really help your diet because it is only 8 ounces.
But as Fran Frederick discovered, it is hard to notice because all the boxes are exactly the same size.
"The box looks the same but apparently you're getting a smaller amount in here," said Frederick.
Frederick said it is happening everywhere.
"I've noticed it with breakfast cereal, cleaning products," said Frederick.
From toilet paper, to cheese, salmon and soap, it is the new trend in how companies are keeping prices down in the face of rising costs.
One way to get more for your dollar is to stock up on crackers when they are on sale. Most grocery stores have some brand of crackers marked down every week. Grab a few boxes of your favorites then, so you don't waste your money.