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by sitecore\kmcgrigg on September 07, 2010

Ironically, I just shelled 163 edamame pods to deliver this message: Don't pay to be inconvenienced. 

I've been known to warn people to avoid the cost of convenience.  In general, this is good advice because processed and prepared foods tend to be more expensive than the do-it-yourself variety. However, there are exceptions to every rule.  Let's take soybeans as an example.

I bought one bag of edamame in their pods and one bag of shelled edamame. They were the same brand, the same weight (1 pound), and the same unit price ($2.49 per pound), but the value was definitely not the same.

 Soybeans in podsShelled Soybeans

Since edamame pods are not good eats, I shelled the in-pod soybeans.  What I was left with was a big mess and a small pile of edible soybeans that weighed only 7.8 ounces.

That means that, in addition to being inconvenient, the edible portion of the in-pod soybeans cost $5.11 per pound-- more than twice as much as the conveniently pre-shelled soybeans!

My guess is that I would find similar results if I compared shelled versus in-shell peanuts.  It also makes me wonder how much I'm paying for other types of food "waste" like watermelon rinds, celery tops, and avacado pits.

When it comes to money, it is best not to make assumptions based on generalizations. From now on, instead of only considering cost per pound, I'm going to consider: per pound of what?

Soybean shells


Chris says:
September 10, 2010

Interesting! Would love to learn your results for wife says I am lazy for getting the packaged but maybe I am actually being frugal! LOL!

Don says:
September 15, 2010

I look at the cost per ounce amount on some stores' shelf labels, and have a credit card-sized calculator in my wallet, too. Don't you expect shredded cheddar should cost more per pound than block cheese? Nope. Do your homework.

nuMeQCgShAy says:
December 31, 2012

The federal telephone solicitations act has nothing to do with collections .debt collectors aren't trying to sell anthing, they are trying to collect money that is legally owed. Its true that if you tell them not to cll they have to take your number out. They dont have to send you a copy of a do not call policy, thats crap why don't you give advice telling people to negotiate and they will get a huge settlement which essentially will save them thousands on the card the selfishly ran up..

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