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   Posted 4/23/2010 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you seen any new products in the grocery store lately that are REALLY "New and Improved"? You all know what I'm talking about. That old sales pitch splashed across boxes of everything from toilet paper to corn flake cereal. But what's so new and what's actually improved about it?

But now and then we run across a product that is new, clever and actually something you would buy and use. Have you seen something like this lately? The only thing I've seen in a long time that is a good idea is the paper towels that have perforations in the middle of a normal size sheet so you can easily tear off a small sheet, or use 2 small ones for a regular sized, etc. These are handy for little hands and faces and make good napkins for toddlers. Just the right size. Seems much less wasteful to me. I didn't know they existed until I recently purchased a large pack of them from Costco. I just get what's on the coupon usually and these were it! Glad I found them.

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   Posted 4/23/2010 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday I bought a bag of chips that were packaged in a totally compostable package. Pretty cool, huh? The only downside I can see is that the bag is very loud!
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   Posted 4/24/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I love all of the canned goods with pop-tops now. I hate to wrestle with a can opener. eyes

I'm with you, Chutz, on the paper towels. I always buy the smaller, perforated ones and they last so much longer.
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   Posted 4/24/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I just love how the companies have helped me by putting less in the packages. It really helps me to pay the same money for less product. (sarcasm off now)

Seriously, most of the "improvements" I've noticed have been in packaging. They claim to use less material by making the packaging more efficient but they don't outright tell you that they reduced the contents.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   

  about the smaller food has to be one of the worst!!  I have 5 adult and one 3 month old German Shepherd Dogs.  I could buy them meat and grind veggies cheaper (raw diet) I used to do that when I had a lot more energy.  I even used to grind chicken legs & wings.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi GSDgirl,

I don't mean to go off topic but you reminded me of when I had Dharma (a gsd that I lost in November) I had to cook chicken and brown rice for her because she had wheat and corn allergies and I had to buy really expensive dog food for her, Pinochle. I really miss her.

The thing that gets me in the stores, and I was just talking about it yesterday, is that they move stuff around so much. Especially Walmarts. I think that they do that to keep you in the store longer, looking for things. I think that they think that more money will be spent. Here they make it look like it should be convenient for the customer, when all it is is frustrating.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah...I love the blister packs (like batteries) that you have to open with a chainsaw and filet knife.  'New and improved packaging for your safety'.  Packaging in general has beccome a pain.  It took me 10 minutes to get the cellophane seal off the Hershey's Chocolate Syrup yesterday...I finally used manicure scissors.
I like the pull tabs on cans now also, but if you pull too hard and it snaps do you open the can?  I have two cans of dog food where this happened and my can opener won't work on them...the lip on the can is too narrow.
I watched the hubby try to open a bag of pretzels in the car the other day....he yanked and pulled until he about gave himself a hernia.  He finally stabbed the bag with the car key...tee hee.  At least I know it's not just me!
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   Posted 4/24/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Talk about the new and improved wrapping, have you ever tried to open kid's toys? they have wires and plastic ties on everything. It takes 20 minutes just to get to the product. That and fibromyalgia do not get along.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Lol, I was gonna say something about the new improve packaging however it's smaller, less amount. Same price though, hee. You all bet me to it. Trust me I have 7 mouths to feed, so it takes more of those new and improve packages.
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