Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How Bad Is the Economy?

Even before the downturn of the stockmarket I could tell the economy was spiraling downward. It wasn't gas/oil prices - which, by the way, Massachusetts has the highest heating oil prices in the country - just in time for me to need the heat on higher than usual 24/7 for the bambinos.

The true indicator has been condiment packages. At McDonalds, Chinese restaurants, pizza places, etc. you no longer automatically get condiments; and, when you ask for them you get 1 package. A few weeks ago I was at a fast food place and asked for ketchup. When asked "how many" - I said "a few" and the server debated whether to give me 3 or 4 packages. And soy sauce packets? No matter how much we order we only get 1 soy sauce package per order.

Maybe you are thinking - they are being environmentally conscious but I don't see a decrease in packaging or free napkins. Just condiments. When public bathrooms run out of toilet paper I'll know it is time to really be scared.

3 comments:

Husband said...

...scared shitless, hopefully, since you will be SOL otherwise.

Goddess in Progress said...

Heehee. Now there's the REAL indicator! I'm pretty sure McDonald's now charges for extra packets of sauce for the ol' chicken nuggets. Look out...

Nancy said...

ooh - nice one. I see pay toilets in our future... *sigh*

...although, gas is down under $3 in our town. WOO HOO!