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the second-biggest eating day of the year

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    1. re: John Francis

      I believe it. But I also think this is just a way to increase prices but also guarantee purchases.

      If this story gains some legs and is reported in the MSM, people will go out and buy wings in mass quantities to make sure they have them - and higher prices means more money in the manufacturers' coffers.

      It's the French Toast Alert System effect - meteorologists start hyping a big snowstorm or nor'easter coming in, and supermarkets are deluged with people buying bread, milk and eggs.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        Yep. Mention snow or ice here and it's full blown panic mode in the stores....buying perishables...milk, bread, eggs, sandwich meats, etc, etc, etc.... then the power goes out....He Heeeee! ~~ You can't fix stupid!

      2. re: John Francis

        I have a food blog and its true. I get my second highest traffic of the year right before Super Bowl Sunday. (First is Wed before Thanksgiving)

      3. I can see that. The original price of chicken wings has gone up by at least 50% in the last 3 weeks. I have been noticing it more and more. I have also noticed the price of frozen meatballs, ground beef and sausages have gone up too. Havent checked the "snack" aisle but my guess is that's gone up too.

        Now that the the Pats are out I should check the prices nowThey might have levelled off.

        1. The flipside is that the stores typically run sales on certain loss-leaders to get you into the stores. It's typically a good time to stock up on sour cream, cream cheese, and soda, for example.

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          1. re: masha

            How do you "stock up" on perishables like sour cream and cream cheese?

            1. re: chicgail

              Cream cheese typically has a use by date that is 4-6 months out. We go through a brick/month, more or less. So I typically buy 4 bricks whenever the price gets down to about $1, which it does around virtually all holidays. Bonus points when I've managed to clip a coupon for $1 off if you buy 4.

              Similarly, the use by date for Sour Cream is usually about 8-12 weeks, and in fact if you leave it sealed, it will keep for literally months beyond that date. I regularly use sour cream that's been sitting unopened in my fridge 4-6 months after the use by date.

              1. re: masha

                Agree with Masha. Once a brick of sour cream got under my car seat on the hottest day of summer. I didn't notice for two days and was gonna toss it. But I decided what the heck. It was fine.
                Once in awhile I get a huge brick of cream cheese from Costco and I am surprised that I can get through it all slowly with no waste. My luck with sour cream has not been as stellar but it still keeps awhile even opened.
                Not sure if the second-biggest eating day of the year is Super Bowl Sunday but here in the Philly area it is a very big day. My one friend had the misfortune to work SBS at a pizza place about ten years ago and he said the fryers for the wings were always down, sizzling away his entire shift.

          2. I'm actually surprised it's only second ...