Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Why Buying Big Box Food at Costco and Walmart Might Not Save You Money

Simply put, portion size research has clearly demonstrated that we pour more from larger containers.

One famous experiment compared "usage volume" of cooking oil, spaghetti, and M&Ms.

Subjects poured 22% more oil, 23% more spaghetti, and 52% more M&Ms from their respective larger containers (vs. small ones).

So when you buy that next giant sack of food at a big box discount store, unless the by weight savings is greater than roughly 25%, you might well not be saving yourself any money, and you'll almost certainly be adding to your unconscious/mindless eating.