“Containers are not free.  What is the cost of that bag?”

Bin Shopping

Do you buy a lot of produce at awesome places like Whole Foods Market?  You and I both know how expensive it is to buy at luxury grocery stores.  For me, what was once a “treat” after work shopping excursion, has now become a daily routine.  I just can’t shop anywhere else!

In our home, my husband and I are both vegan.  In fact, my hubby eats gluten-free do to a sensitivity.   Needless to say, we buy a lot of produce and bin products.  I often wonder, what is the actual cost to me over the course of a year of those cardboard containers, plastic and paper bags?  When you buy a cardboard box of blueberries, at the checkout counter, they are not just weighing those amazing delicious blueberries!  They are also including the weight of that box!

Calculating Containers

So, here is the problem:  I did a preliminary search for information about produce containers and how much they weigh, in an effort to calculate the actual cost at the check out stand.  Realize, that a paper bag does not weigh much.  But, over time, hundreds of paper bags over the year, cost more!  Moreover, buying nuts at six dollars for 100 grams jacks-up the price of that bag at the checkout stand more than buying lentils at one dollar per 100 grams.  Hmmmm…

Profit For Whole Foods

The fact remains, we both have amazing jobs, but the cost of eating well can be challenging, and it is challenging finding bargains no matter where you shop, especially if you want “top quality”.  I am convinced that added price for containers and bags is substantial when examined over time.  I am also convinced that this added cost is profit for the grocer, not simply recuperative cost of the container to them.

Please, someone correct me, but are we being taken here?  Or, am I just making a big deal about nothing?!

Do Containers Add to Price Tag At Checkout? was last modified: July 27th, 2017 by Jerod Killick