ya know, im starting to feel like i’ve entered some sort of weird wrinkle in time pricing glip in the planet.
i know, theres about a billion and ten articles and blogs about this right now… but really…
lets consider a pizza. just a basic pepperoni pizza.
the bags of standard, cheap, basic shredded mozz cheese at the local kroger owned store used to bounce between 1.88 and 1.33 a bag regularly… spending maybe a week or so a month at their claimed shelf normal price. 8oz block the same price as 8oz bag, so i opt for lazy. pepperoni wasn’t on sale as much, but still grab-able for less than 2 for the turkey ones we like (same taste, less grease when cooked). so about 350 for the two if purchased in advance when cheap, with that estimate being a bit high even most times.
but now… the going rate for the bag of cheese is 2.50-3, and the pepperoni is 3 and i’ve yet to see it on sale from that rate. so for those two ingredients, we now have 5 to 550, plus cost of crust and sauce.
ok… so the pizza went up 2 bucks… nothing too unusual about that…
except for the fact that there is a little ceasars about a mile from my house that will hand me one for 5 bucks, not even requiring any effort on my part to assemble and cook.
and, 3 miles from my house is a papa johns that offers 1 topping pizzas for 599 every monday night and occasional saturdays all day.
what sort of messed up logic is it that its cheaper to have someone else do the work of making pizza for me…. and not even the marginally decent better brands of frozen pizza, but a fresh, full sized pizza…. in the case of papa johns probably even tasting better than the one i’d have spent about 45 minutes making and waiting for dough to rise and such.
and pizza isnt the only thing doing this…. it seriously costs me more right now to make quite a few things than it does to buy at the places that make a reasonably decent version… or close enough to be worth the effort.
tacos from the regional chain. hamburgers from both the regional chain and the national ones. ice cream is cheaper bought by the serving than the amount you get in the store. its cheaper to use the prechopped per-pound price at the salad bar than it is to make it with the same items (unless you use like a ton of lettuce, and maybe even then).
this kind of throws me for a loop… when price is usually a good reason to use of why to make something at home when i’ve had a long day and dont really feel like spending a hour or so messing around in the kitchen after working 8. can health and feelings of “should do” stand on their own?
more amusing… cat food.
walmart generic kitten food used to be the cheapest option that had a bag and not just a small box. roughly 3 pounds for 3 bucks, or 8 pounds for 7.
well, the big bag was cut from 8 pounds to 7, but stayed the same price. the little bag went from 3 to 2/5, but it also jumped to like 3.60 something.
for 3.75, i can buy a 3 pound back of the name brand purina kitten food. 15 cents more for half a pound more food…. aka cheaper per pound than the bottom of the barrel generic. ummm… hello? this isnt even a sale or a coupon… its just a normal price difference. whats the point of the generic?
and yet, im sure most people just grab the generic looking bag… or just look at the price and assume the 2.5 pound is the same size as the 3 pound one.
unfortunately, i bet this one ends fairly soon with purina raising their price too. but nice for my cats for a bit.
pop is the same way, though you have to catch the sale for it. generic diet mountain dew? 2.66 for 12. real diet mountain dew this week? 5 even for 24. formerly, the generic usually had the going rate of 1.88… making it still a bit cheaper even with sales.
its just really, really weird.