This Discussion should be an eye opener for most students. We will look
at our food shopping trends and how we spend our money. The outcomes
should reveal some interesting facts.
Save a cash register receipt from a shopping trip to the food
market, or borrow one from a family member or friend. The cost of four
prepackaged food items that are sold by weight and the cost of at least
three fresh fruits, or vegetables need to appear on the receipt. If you
have no access to a receipt with these items, then you will need to go
to the store and write down the cost information, or find a grocery
advertisement online. Do not use liquids such as milk, juice, or soda
because these are sold by volume and not by weight. Also, do not include
ingredients like flour, sugar, oil, dry beans, etc. because these items
are not prepackaged foods.
Fruits and vegetables are sold by the pound. Add up your prices
per pound for the fruits and vegetables and find the average cost per
pound. (Example: If bananas are .79 per pound and apples are .59 per
pound, the average is calculated like this: (.79 + .59)/2 = 1.38/2 = .69
per pound on average for the two fruits.)
Locate the weight of your prepackaged food items. (For example, on a box of Frosted Flakes it says 15 oz.)
Add up all of the weights for your prepackaged items in ounces,
and then add up all of the costs for your four prepackaged items.
From the totals, find the average cost per ounce of prepackaged items. Convert your results to cost per pound. (Hint: How many ounces in a pound?)
Now, compare the cost per pound of unprocessed food compared to
prepackaged processed food. Discuss your comparison. Are you amazed or
did you expect these results?
Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings. Do the
calculations seem reasonable? Based on the posting you authored and the
postings you read, do we seem to be paying for the product, convenience
or the packaging?
Your initial post should be at least 150 words in length.