Thrifty shoppers spurred by the growing economic downturn are finding new ways to save mega bucks at the grocery store checkout; however some stores claim that the "penny wise" consumers may see an increase in prices should supermarkets be forced to employ more staff to clean up after shoppers.
Shoppers have discovered that when buying bananas, oranges and other fruit and then peeling them while in the store reduces the weight at the checkout, with a peeled orange costing on average 1 cent cheaper than one with its peel intact. Bananas work out cheaper by an amazing 3 cents per pound.
Apples, with their stalks removed, weigh considerably less than apples with stalks in place and peeled potatoes can, over a number of trips to the grocery store, save cost conscious housewives over 50 cents a year.
A pineapple, if cut open, diced and the irrelevant shell discarded weighs 75% less than if purchased whole.
Many shoppers are now arriving at their local grocery stores armed with not only a shopping list but a peeler.
However some stores have expressed concern over the new fad.
"What is happening, while perfectly legal, is resulting in a lot of mess and a safety hazard. We are having to employ extra staff to clean up the residue left in the fruit and veg departments, with peelings, pips and stalks dirtying up aisles and creating a slushy mess all over the floor" complained one perplexed grocery store manager.