Friday, February 6, 2009

Expanding money = Contracting value

Tasty though they are, Girl Scout cookies are about to become a worse deal than ever:

Eating a box of Girl Scout Cookies in one sitting will be a little bit easier this year: The Girl Scouts of the USA confirmed Wednesday that it has reduced the number of cookies per box to save money because of rising transportation and baking costs.

Michelle Tompkins, a national Girl Scout spokeswoman, said that "the cost of baking a cookie today is significantly higher than it was even a year ago, and our bakers cannot continue to absorb these rising costs." She also said transportation costs have increased 30 to 40 percent from a year ago.

The combined cost increase prompted the organization to "lower the net weight of our cookie boxes slightly rather than ask our customers to pay a higher per-package price during these difficult times," Tompkins said in a written statement.

The economically literate will recognize that the foregone price increase is no break for the customer. You're still getting less for your money. This is not to blame the Girl Scouts or their suppliers; they don't make monetary policy. But the rising price of processed food is a good reason to prepare your meals from scratch as much as possible...even your junk food.

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