Sometimes to my detriment, my personality type is that I’m very loyal and a creature of habit. However, when it comes to the regular items I buy in the grocery stores, that’s come to an end this year.
Sure, there’s grocery inflation, but there’s also a lot of “taking advantage” and outright price gauging. I don’t know what’s what, but I do know when to say enough is enough and switch brands. That’s actually not hard to do, but you first need to acknowledge that you have a loyalty problem and that other substitute products are likely just as good…and a lot less expensive.
Whether it’s habit or your budget, if you stop buying the products that have gone up a seemingly unreasonable amount, and enough other people do the same, the price will come back down. It’s simple economics 101 of supply and demand.
For me, it’s these items that I’ve had to say goodbye to – but have found other substitutes just as good:
Walmart Becel margarine up 30% (6.45 to 8.99)
Costco Pita Bites up 30%
Loblaw (No Name) Suraj mango juice up 60% (1.25 to 2.00)
Loblaw (Presidents Choice) Belgian waffles up 30% (5.00 to 6.50)
Walmart Great value wafers up 40% (1.00 to 1.40)
Costco Almond crunch cereal up 40% (10 to 14)