I had one of these days recently, and ended up buying a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos for $1. A few moments later the bag was empty. I didn’t feel like I got a dollar’s worth of chips. Plus, I remembered I had Cool Ranch Doritos at home that I could have just brought with me instead of plugging cash into the vending machine. I wondered just how much more expensive per ounce my bag of chips from the vending machine was compared to my large bag I had at home.
I decided to do a little comparison.
The vending machine bag of chips was 1.75 ounces for $1, or about $0.57 an once.
When I got home, I took a look at the party size bag of Cool Ranch Doritos I purchased from Walmart. The bag contained 15.5 ounces, and cost $3.99, which works out to just under $0.27 cents per ounce.
Looking at it another way, the party size bag contains 8.86 vending machine bags of chips. Which means if I paid vending machine price for the large bag of Doritos, it would cost me $8.86.
There’s no way I’d pay almost $9 for a bag of chips. No. Freaking. Way.
But that’s exactly what I’m doing over time when I buy chips from the vending machine. What I’ll be doing from now on is to put some chips in a plastic container and including them with my lunch. If I don’t eat them, I’ll just bring them back home.
Obviously what I’m paying for is the extra packaging, and the convenience of not having to remember to bring my own chips. Sure, it’s less convenient to have to portion out some chips and put them in a plastic container (Hey, I AM watching my calorie intake as well!), but it’s even more inconvenient to have less money in my wallet because I overpaid for things like chips.
Do you buy things from a vending machine? Would you pay $9 for a bag of chips?
Brought to you courtesy of Brock