Over the past year, prices have soared across the board, whether it's the cost of groceries, beverages, or new clothing.
In response to these rising prices, many individuals have resorted to unconventional methods to save money as winter approaches.
One man's unique money-saving technique, however, has raised eyebrows and even prompted questions about its legality.
We've all probably had fleeting thoughts about swapping price tags at a grocery store to snag a better deal. But most of us don't act on those thoughts. Yet, a video posted by @southcentraljag on TikTok shows a man who decided to give in to those intrusive ideas.
The identity of this individual remains unknown, as does the specific store where this sneaky price tag switcheroo took place. What we do know is that he successfully secured a significant discount without any major hiccups.
Steak can be quite pricey, with a 0.94 lb. bottom round steak package priced at $7.84. However, this man had his sights set on a far more expensive cut. So, he removed the label from the $7 steak and placed it onto another piece of meat that typically costs customers a hefty $41.
While a $41 price tag for ribeye steaks might seem steep, there's a reason behind it. Earlier this year, WCCO News reported that beef prices in Minnesota were on the rise due to a shortage of cattle.
Kelly Schmidt, the CEO of the Minnesota Beef Council, cited that "seeing record high cattle prices as well because the processors in the middle that need the beef to get to the restaurants and stores, they're really having to fight for that product."
The comments section of the TikTok video has been inundated with people raising concerns about the legality of this money-saving hack.
In fact, one individual shared a story that strongly suggests this method is, indeed, illegal: "My ex went to jail for a year for that," they shared.
A second wrote: "I think that's called shop lifting! Haha."
A third added: "As someone who's worked in a grocery store before, I'm amazed you got the sticker off so easy."