Turning Olives Into a Plane Ticket

I. Love. Olives. I was on a date once and the guy was telling me about how the only food he couldn't stand were olives. Ya...that was the only date we had. You get the picture.

So there I was, in a multi-colored pitted/spicy/vinegary sea of deliciousness at aisle 4, when I started to question how much I'm spending on 2 jars of on of my favorite foods per week (yes, I eat two small jars of them per week).

I typically get little jars that are $1.99 each x 2 jars each week x 52 weeks; where the unit price is $0.3461 per ounce (oz)...

That's $206.96 per year on olives. 


Hmmm...I love olives...but I'm spending almost the price of a plane ticket to Houston (where my best friend lives), or a new pair of glasses, or birthday gifts for family, or anything else that's $200 bucks...on olives. Do I love olives as much as a plane ticket to see my bff in Houston...hmmm?!

I started comparing the unit price (the red rectangle) to better assess my olive splurge. The unit price is per ounce (oz), and found another jar that
was less per unit for the same awesome olives! Woo hoo!

This new jar is twice as many olives so I would only need to get 1 of these every other week. So, instead I could buy one jar of these every other week for $3.09 x 26 weeks; with a unit price of $0.2377 cents per ounce (oz)...

That's $80.34 per year on olives. 
Cha ching!



Heeelllloooo plane ticket! There was an airline that took out 2 olives from one of their in-flight meal offerings and saved $50,000 that year. I don't remember the airline, but, obviously, took the story to heart my shopping cart. Maybe it'll be the airline I take to Houston to see my bff now that I can put my hard earned cash towards that and not olives.

So, moral of the story:

Next time you pick up your favorite food at the grocery story, see what the UNIT PRICE is, and compare it to other items. 

You may save yourself a ton of dough (ha! food pun intended).

What will you compare next time you go grocery shopping? Drop a line in the comments! And holler if you like love olives too!!



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