We had friends visiting yesterday so I decided to do something very uncharacteristic: buy name brand potato chips without a sale or coupon. I was in for a big surprise!
The last time I looked at a bag of Lay’s potato chips it was $3.58 (which is already a dollar more than the previous year!) and it was 11.5 ounces. Now the bag of chips is 10 ounces and priced $4.29.
Are you kidding me? Over four dollars for a bag of potato chips?!!!!!
I just bought 10 pounds of potatoes on sale for $2.99, which will feed my family for a couple of weeks (not that we’re eating potatoes every day! You can see our menu for this week here.).
If the price of the potatoes were $4.29 for 10 ounces (or $6.86 per pound), I would have paid $68.64 for those ten pounds of potatoes. I realize that there is a cost to processing, packaging, transporting and marketing those chips, but that price markup just doesn’t make sense.
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thanks for the info on the recipe. love the air popper best $7.00 I spent at the goodwill.
I love thrift store shopping Andrea! I got my air popper for $3.00 at a yard sale. 🙂
And my teens still wonder why I won’t buy this stuff. It’s crazy! We have, after finally buying no other options, been able to teach them to pop some popcorn with the air popper…not even the microwave stuff.
We use an air popper too, but I do buy the microwave stuff when it’s on sale because I don’t trust the 11 year old with the popper! 🙂
Has any one written to the company? Maybe if we all speak up they will take notice that the American consumer is over the extreme prices and the lack of product provided!
That’s a good idea Stacie, but I haven’t done it.
Kristen Hartman says
The Pampered Chef chip maker is one of my favorite items! It just takes a few minutes in the microwave, no oil needed. It makes awesome sweet potato chips too. 🙂
Makes it really cheap to make your own when I just bought a 10# bag of reds for only $2.58!
I use the pampers chef chip trays. They were a bit pricey but payed for themselves a few times already. My family is big on chips and this way I lnow what they are eating. I can use just salt, or bbq. I have also soaked the potato slices in vinegar then dried them before putting dried dill onto them. Just endless ways…;)
We have cut down quite a bit. My husband is addicted to chips, we used to buy 4 -5 bags a week and would usually run out. I only buy 1-2 bags a week now, when they are on sale for $2.50 or less and I have now substituted popcorn and pita chips because store baught chips are so bad for you anyways. I am interested in making my own, any recipes would be welcomed.
Here’s a link to my Home Fried Potatoes, which are close to chips: https://thepeacefulmom.com/2011/06/30/home-fried-potatoes/
I buy our Lay’s at Walmart mostly….$2.50 a bag. That’s the only way my boys get bar B Que chips…all the others have MSG in them.
$2.50 is not bad, but I would like to pay way less! 🙂
You have to keep an eye on that! Prices are not only going up but the amount you get is shrinking too! Don’t get me started on the price of beef!
You’re so right Michele.
My husband is a big fan of these chips. He always complains about the bag being only 1/2 full he can finish a bag in one sitting & he likes to eat them everyday that would cost me like $25 a week just for chips!!! So now he knows we are only going to get them when our WinnDixie has the B1G1 free sale, they usually cost around $3.99 so that’s less than $2 a bag which is pretty good compared to the store brand.
I love the way they taste too Ana, but I only try to buy them on sale and save them for special occasions like a picnic.
And that, my friends, is why I make my own potato chips…the stores are insane! In less than 10min I can have a bowl of non-greasy, seasoned the way I like, crispy potato chips!
We like making our own too Roanne. How do you make them?
And here I thought you were going to talk about how the bag boosts “All Natural” on it. I really don’t think potato chips are all natural anything LOL. The price is bad too, yet people keep on buying them.
I could have talked about that but I was too busy trying to recover from the heart attack I almost had! haha!