Raise your hand if you have bought one those small 3 pound bags of apples and pears at the grocery store without even thinking twice. Because hey, they’re in bulk, so they’ll be cheaper, right?
Have you ever taken the time to weigh one of those bags? Well if you do, then you know sometimes you will get lucky because those bags of fruit give you more bang for your buck, and weigh in at a few ounces more than what’s marked on the set price on the bag. Sometimes even as much a half a pound more.
But not always.
When I was Winco last week I noticed they were selling their 3 pound bags of red delicious apples for $2.98. But their price on bulk red delicious apples were $0.78 a pound. At three pounds that comes to $2.34, for the same apples. The only difference is you are putting the apples in the bag instead of the processing plant.
3 pounds bulk apples @ $.78 a pound = $2.34
3 pounds bagged apples @ $0.994 a pound = $2.98
Even if you were to get a 1/2 pound of “lucky overage” in the bagged variety, you’d still be loosing money over the bulk price in this instance. I know it’s not much of a difference, but it did catch my eye.
When you buy the bagged apples you are paying for convenience and you don’t get to inspect each apple that you are paying for. Plus, chances are, those bagged apples have been tossed around a lot more than the ones stacked by hand by the produce guy who had to remove the apples one by one out of their padded shipping box.
Maybe I overthink things when it comes to buying food. Or maybe, this is just another one of the ways I’ve trained myself to save on our bottom line. Anywho, it’s something to think about the next time you are buying produce
Do YOU prefer to buy bagged fruit or bulk? If you buy bagged, do you take the time to weigh it?
Keep calm and save one,