Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A 5000 percent return on investment

There's a lot of money to be saved in the kitchen, and money equals freedom. Little luxuries that aren't needed or appreciated add up quickly and rob us of our wealth.

The little guy seen in the picture to the left is the most efficient money-saving tool in my entire kitchen. What is he? A cheese slicer.

All throughout the supermarket, there are companies willing to charge you a lot for simple tasks. My wife likes to eat lunchmeat sandwiches, but only with good cheese. I'm a Kraft singles kind of guy, so it always irked me to be paying $4 or $5 for a package of 12 pieces of swiss or Colby Jack.

The cheese slicer caught my eye one day in the store. It was just hanging there on a little rack of cheap utensils, each $1. It dawned on me to check the price of block cheese. Sure enough, blocks of cheese are generally about 1/3rd the price of sliced cheese. This is the exact same cheese of the exact same quality, but these companies are charging you three times as much for the convenience of having it pre-sliced. Crazy!

The cheap slicer works amazingly well. The slices come out even a little thicker than pre-sliced cheese, which I like. It's easy to clean. And the big blocks of cheese can be useful in other recipes as well.

Monthly savings: around $4, but can vary wildly depending on cheese usage in diet. That works out to $50/year for a $1 investment. The stock market should be so lucky.

1 comment:

  1. $5 for sliced cheese!
    You should become addicted to coupons like me!

    That is pretty awesome though!