BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you’ve been working from home and returning to the office, you’ll notice the cost of your favorite lunch items going up while some companies are quietly shrinking the sizes of your favorite food products.
“I can tell from having the same budget that I had before all of this, I would get less,” Darrina Carr, a deal-hunting mom, said. “It seemed like the bags would get smaller and smaller.”READ MORE: Mayor Recognizes Achievements Of Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Amid Grade-Fixing Allegations
The index for food away from home has increased 7.4% over the last year, according to a Labor Department report.
Prices you buy to eat at home rose almost 12%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the biggest 12-month jump since 1979.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Tornado Warning Issued For Anne Arundel County
“It is kind of a scary feeling thinking about what I used to be able to get before all of this compared to what I can get now.”
Meanwhile, Starbucks raised prices in the U.S. earlier this year and said costs could continue to rise.
And since the start of last year, salad chain Sweet Green raised its menu prices by 10% according to recent earning reports.MORE NEWS: State Reveals New Home Loan Products To Help Marylanders Buy New Homes
Then there’s also shrinkflation. Bags of Fritos scoops marked party size used to be 18 ounces. Now. they’re 15.5 ounces at most retailers.