We’ve been buying a ready-made Thanksgiving turkey dinner from Safeway for at least twenty years, if not more. It used to be almost all-inclusive; all we had to add were sweet potatoes and green veggies. It had a 10-lb. bird, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, a dozen rolls and a pumpkin pie.
A couple of years ago rolls were deliberately left out of the package. We shrugged and said we could buy rolls, but we mildly objected to the price hike of ~$5 even as they left out one item.
Roll forward to this year. Now the package has neither rolls nor pumpkin pie. The price is the same as last year — $59.99 — but now it’s short two items. Rolls are a couple of bucks, so that’s not an issue, really. Pie, on the other hand, is anywhere from $8 – $15 depending on where you buy it. Buying those two items separately makes the cost of the meal between $70 and $80. That’s starting to get into the expensive range for a prepared meal.
I don’t know what I’m going to do about it, but it’s beginning to tick me off.