Time Saving Study, Live Dishwasher Show, and Efficiency Baby.

New Article is at bottom, I personally saved 3 minutes per day, 18 hrs per year.

Live Show Friday- A Dishwasher that cleans and sets the dinner table

I’ve been building a Dishwasher. It also sets the table.

To me and my Mechanical Engineer’s surprise, it works AND it can get Mac and Cheese clean.

Friday we are having a live showing in-front of an audience at 9PM, expect technical difficulties and delays, but there should be a link on the homepage.

More Efficiency Articles!

I am amazed. Multiple people have (attempted) to support Efficiency Is Everything. Enough was raised to have an intern work for a week. (Except my payment processor flopped and canceled the transactions, can we switch to Bitcoin yet?)

The Wikipedia format is working! So far we have raised 130 of our 5000 goal to hire more interns to study Life Industrial Engineering.

Accurate Data

The data Efficiency Is Everything collects is first hand.

The math Efficiency Is Everything uses is valid.

And if there is ever an error, let me know. The data is vetted and if you would like to see how something was calculated, visit the raw excel file. There are ways we standardized the chaos of life. The premier way to enjoy Efficiency Is Everything is to read the excel file, however we provide the conclusions in the article.

As a transparent FYI, this is about the Caloric content in our already recommended Pinto Beans. The USDA calorie value exceeds what is listed on the company provided Great Value package by 30%. The conclusion of the article is the same, but none-the-less, we do not consider 30% an acceptable variation. The next food study will use USDA info and company package info.

Data needs to be the highest quality, the rest is just math.

In the future, you will see me ask people to ‘Speak Up’ if you see something. Good data is a core principle of Engineering, and this will be enforced. Further, we will be documenting any Incidences where bad data was found and linking to them on a Data page. Remember, Speak Up if you see bad data.

Efficient Babies

And….You arent supposed to tell people for 3 months, but we couldn’t contain our excitement. Mrs. Efficiency is pregnant! Efficient Children is coming.

Time Savings With Process Flow Chart

The long overdue article about the core tool of Industrial Engineering, save time with:

Process Flow Charts – Click Here

Process Flow Charts- The Tool To Save Time Anywhere

Lead Engineer- Michael Kirk:

Saving 9 minutes a day for an entire year will give you an additional 54 hours to enjoy however you’d like.

This is a real world condition that was experienced for 3 years at my last living location. This allowed me to stay up later, enjoy my mornings fuller, and arrive to work earlier.

Save Time At Home-

In short, a Process Flow Charts lists every step to complete a Task, the list is reviewed for non-value added steps, and those steps are eliminated.

A Process Flow Chart is a necessary tool applied in every mass production environment. A Process Flow Diagram is best used anywhere a task is repeated often or consumes significant time.

A Life Process Flow Diagram

We apply Industrial Engineering to Life and conduct this real life study. For best results, You should go through your own process as normal, and a partner should either video record you, or write down every step and detail. The more mundane the steps, the more opportunities for optimization.

To Recap:

  • Prepare to record with Paper and Pen or Camera and preferably with a partner.
  • Start your Process as normal as possible, complete your process as normal as possible.
  • Write down every step along the way.
  • Review your list, marking each Step as Value Added, Necessary Non-Value-Added, or Non Value Added<
  • Look to eliminate Non-Value Added activities, or arrange them to limit the amount of time it consumes

There will be moments that you aren’t sure what you usually do next. This means your process is ‘Out-Of-Control’. By simply standardizing your process, you will begin saving time and have a benchmark to improve against.

Process Flow Chart- Example:

This Process Flow Chart starts in bed. Here is what was written down:

This was typed up in excel and the work began. We began classifying. Classifications to aid you in optimization. Don’t overthink it. Optimize and eliminate All Non-Value Added activities.

Value Added is when you get closer to your goal by doing a step. Non-Value-Added is when you accomplish nothing. Necessary Non-Value-Added is when a step does not create value, but is necessary to give you the ability to create value.

In a factory, Value Added Steps modify a part. In this example, modifying your body to prepare for the world. A Non-Value Added step in a factory would be picking up tools from another department. It doesn’t create value. Obtaining the tool is necessary, but the movement to get the tool may not be necessary. Turning on a shower does not make your body cleaner, but it is required as a step to get cleaner.

It was obvious during the process that time was wasted waiting for the shower to heat up. Anything that could be done before getting wet should be. This means that late night preparation may not be beneficial. Modifying the order, the steps choosing clothes and placing your phone in clothes are started immediately after the shower is started.

This simple re-arrangement eliminates the non-value added step of waiting for the shower and accomplishes tasks during this step.

Example Conclusion

3 minutes per day was saved in this example. Considering this was the morning routine of an Industrial Engineer, you will likely save even more time.

This is expected to save an additional 900 hours in life.

Instant Time Savings

Running this study in your own life will give you plenty of ‘Ah Ha!’ moments. Time that used to disappear will now appear in-front of your own eyes as non-value-added.

As you go through your own Process live, you will start seeing the waste. When you have completed the process, review, and optimize.


Consider what Life Processes can be optimized. A morning routine, a bed time routine, getting home from work routine, recipes you make often, outdoor tasks, etc…

The detail of your process is up to you. The more Steps recorded, the more opportunities for optimization.

Pick a process and use this Process Flow Chart as a tool to visualize and eliminate waste.

Cellphone Talk/Text/4G Data Per Dollar, Business Insider, and Growing!

First, phenomenal news for the future of Efficiency Is Everything.

We have received our first donation.

Steven Crane has singlehandedly renewed hope, this has profound implications for Efficiency Is Everything. This means there is demand, Capitalism has spoken, and I am excited that this format will keep everything free always.

And this also means more interns and more Efficiency.

I cannot explain excitement through text, but know that I’m believing in the future again.

Cellphone Talk, Text, 4G Data Per Dollar

Our Intern Donald’s masterpiece, solving a problem that everyone has to deal with.

Find out if you are overspending on your phone plan with his massive study. Click Here

Other news, Efficiency Is Everything was featured on Business Insider as the go-to resource to lowering your food bills. Click Here

And wow! You have definitely been visiting Efficiency Is Everything and telling your friends. In the last week traffic is up 2x!

If you would like more articles, consider supporting Efficiency Is Everything with a donation. We will use this to pay Engineering Interns to conduct studies that will solve problems that benefit Everyone.


Bonus: At $100, we offer the opportunity to have a meeting to hear about your life and we will study how Industrial Engineering can optimize it.

The New Efficiency Is Everything

Want the data now? Skip to the ending, every restaurant and fast food place, Calories Per Dollar and Protein Per Dollar.

Efficiency is Everything is back, expect Industrial Engineering applied to your life.

Efficiency- Michael Kirk:

Hello and if you are reading this, thank you for being the reason I run Efficiency Is Everything.

~10 months ago I took a break from Efficiency Is Everything, and admittedly I’m back for now.

I have always had a dream to ‘make an app’.

Now- I’ve made apps, Efficiency Is Everything had a few android apps, and I have some web apps for studying your own Calories Per Dollar and Fun Per Dollar. They kinda sucked, needing a bit of instruction, or having a quirk that needed to be mentioned.

But this idea was different. This was my ‘After’ Efficiency idea. This was going to be my hail mary. This is when you take all 3 decades of your life, and throw that experience into making something ‘perfect’.

In this process I have changed, and while it has been a personal thing, it has far reaching consequences. In 1 paragraph-

I’ve realized that between my new programming skills and my incredible Dr. Mandy Kirk, we are likely going to be lifetime 10%ers. This gives us great responsibilities as well. How can I use my resources, time and money, to solve the greatest problems?

  1. Should I put my resources into a finance-tech app with the goal of using profit to finance more Efficiency Is Everything studies and our non-profit Kids In Kitchens?
  2. Should I limit Efficiency Is Everything to having 1 Engineer working 1,600 hours a year and put all time resources into this?

My decision to allocate resources to Efficiency Is Everything studies and articles is to grow this idea of Life Industrial Engineering.

Everything Free

Everything, including our cookbook is free. The goal is to have everyone use Industrial Engineering principles and significant time and money in their life. We really do eat for $20 a week per person.

These ideas are good for everyone.

We need to Capitalism Efficiency

Unfortunate reality is that Capitalism doesnt like that I’m running Efficiency Is Everything at a loss. If you don’t profit, you die. Profit and growth feed itself like the profitable capitalistic machines around us.

If we can successfully Capitalism Efficiency, there will be unbelievable studies we can accomplish. Imagine the discoveries studying Industrial Engineering Life with millions of dollars of revenue.

However, information needs to be free. No restricting data in paid books for petty profits, reiterating- The goal is to grow Life Industrial Engineering.

Our New Format – Wikipedia Model

We raise money for Engineering Interns.

We are looking to raise 5,000 dollars, to get an intern to work 12 hours a week for 28 weeks.

And interns don’t know better, so they work surprisingly hard.

We would like You to consider donating to hire more Engineering Interns and fund more studies.

Intern Accomplishments

Our Efficiency Is Everything Team has created the complete repository of Fast Food and Restaurants Calories Per Dollar. A study that took the entire summer every Monday-Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, these minds worked.

These interns learned that seemingly simple problems had complexities that they HAD to solve with math. And not to get off-topic, but I have successfully built a dinner table that washes and sets the dishes. During design phase, we witnessed their Jetson’s fantasy crashing down with a mechanical engineering realities. It was cute. Everyone learned.

To our benefit, interns Josh and Donald had one final project. To solve their own Life problem. Expect to see Josh’s conclusions on, Lazy Food Calories Per Dollar. And Donald’s incredibly useful Cellphone Talk, Text, and 4G Data Per Dollar which will be released next week.

Check out their masterpiece, featuring work from other interns over the years particularly, Matt and Haley.

Click here for the complete Restaurant Per Dollar List, Or Google your favorite restaurant- X Calories Per Dollar.

More Life Studies

Help us raise 5,000 dollars, to get an intern to work 12 hours a week for 28 weeks.

Bonus: At $100, we provide the opportunity to meet and hear about your life and conduct a study that can optimize it for everyone’s benefit.

Fund Life Industrial Engineering


Support the study of more Life Industrial Engineering and share. Teach others that Life Industrial Engineering exists.

Announcement: We have a new Shortlink, goeie.co

Efficiency Is Coming Back


Its been a while, and I have missed you.

I took time off to program my own ‘world-changing-startup-app’ and yes, things are changing.

However, I couldn’t possibly get Efficiency out of my life. The ideas, the problems, emails, all have been exciting to think about. There are problems to solve, and I’m ready to study.

But first, interns. For 15$/hr, interns will do pretty much anything. They have been busy all summer collecting data.

We will be releasing the Calories Per Dollar and Protein Per Dollar of every fast food and restaurant. Google Calories per dollar and a restaurant, we will have data on it. Our goal: the ultimate food tool and more. This is all of them, and if your favorite restaurant has more than 50 locations let me know.

But please- reminder, Nutrients Per Dollar is how we eat. All of those restaurants are expensive.

This was a crowd pleaser, and I’ve admittedly used the data. Interns have been an incredible experience. They come in pretty useless but they leave thinking. I’m impressed with what these kids accomplished and I’m excited to share it.

Each of the interns had a final project of their choice, they did really good.

So… Timeline

October… 3rd. Dates are good.

What to Expect

Time savings studies. Cosmetic Optimizations- everyone has a morning routine.

Cell Phone Talk Per Dollar, Text Per Dollar, 3G Per Dollar 4G/LTE Per Dollar. I was unhappy Tmobile lied about their UNLIMINTED plan. Fighting back with math.

Interesting food discoveries from the last 7 months.

A new drive to creating objective data that applies to human life and its optimization. (And now we have interns!)

And I had hinted things are changing… Personally I’ve gotten new programming abilities doing full stack react native javascript and laravel php. I fell in love with programming, and I decided to automate ~15% of day job. My coworkers have literally laughed. And… I’m prototyping a dinnertable dishwasher that cleans and sets itself. So yeah, if you want website features or efficiency apps, let me know.

Get hype, Efficiency is coming back 10-3-18, 10am Eastern.

Btw, new email provider because there are over 2000 subscribers. If a few people could shoot me a message to confirm they received this and it looked okay, I’d appreciate it. There is a possibility your email was lost, check with your friends to see if they received this as well.

Big Efficiency News + How To Start An Efficiency Lifestyle for 2018

First, we have been hard at work studying various restaurants for the best Calories and Protein Per Dollar. If you haven’t visited our Food page, its a comprehensive list of optimizing food. Note: This article is how we eat 99% of our meals.

Hopefully this is every restaurant you would like. Feel free to comment any others you want studied.

It seems Google is starting to pick this up, you can ask ‘The highest Calorie per dollar food’, and it should tell you.

Burger King Per Dollar
Chick-Fil-A Per Dollar
Hardees Per Dollar

White Castle Per Dollar
Wendy’s Per Dollar
Five Guys Calories Per Dollar

Panara Bread Per Dollar
Jimmy Johns Calories Per Dollar
Panda Express Per Dollar

Pizza Per Dollar (Jets, Little Caesars, and more)
Chili’s Per Dollar
Taco Bell Per Dollar
McDonalds Per Dollar

Efficiency News

I don’t like to talk about myself, I really just want to provide you high quality data. However I had people reach out about my absence. Skip ahead for this weeks article.

I’d like to make quality articles rather than hit deadlines. I had been working more than 70 hours a week between Efficiency and my Engineering job. Paying an Intern only made me raise the quality of the articles rather than reduce workload.

I want to spend a few months programming an App that will make Mutual Funds feel like Cash. “Cash” with a 7% yearly return but with an ability to exchange without fees. This isnt cryptocurrency, this is a solution to a problem I had since I worked at a clothing store. I asked my boss if I could be paid in NASDAQs instead of USD- No. USD inflates, Investment provides value. I’m excited to program for a few months, I hope to come back to Efficiency with some new skills.

In addition, we have a team starting a charity, Kids In Kitchens, where we teach 5th graders how to make a no-chop slowcooker meal to feed 5 people for 6 dollars.

I stopped playing video games and started sewing with a focus on fashion. I post my creations on Instagram.

While I take a break, I’d like to set some very reasonable goals to work toward an Efficient Life.

You Need To Be Efficient

“Oh, you really do this in your life?”

My neighbor was shocked when I was telling him about having shelves in our kitchen to reduce time opening and closing cabinets.

While I don’t expect you to remodel your kitchen, I want to you implement major improvements that will pay dividends throughout your life.

Make Life Lazier, Apply Process Flow

Reducing steps in daily routines are something that pays off instantly.

Something like your daily morning routine should be optimized in detail, setting aside time for timed and recorded trial. Either having a partner write down every detail of every step of your routine, or recording and reviewing your routine will give you an opportunity to find waste.

Find steps that do not add value and make it a goal to either remove or reduce that time.

This is something you can do on smaller scales. When cutting food, moving the cutting board and knives closer to the refrigerator. Simply being aware that (movement) Waste is significant will begin to make a serious impact to giving you more free time.

You Know Expensive Foods, Its Time To Change

You know what I’m going to say,

The data has shown over and over that processed foods, frozen, canned, fast food, restaurant food, are not as cost effective as fresh foods.

Could you make it a goal to stop eating out?

3 quick solutions to laziness:

Protein Shakes– Can be made in 1 minute, filling, add some veggies and its a real meal.

Breakfast– Eggs and Breakfast Sausage take me less than 6 minutes to get 1000 calorie.

Bulk Food– We make 6+ servings for 2 people every night. Tupperware!

If you must eat out, limit yourself to only top calorie or protein per dollar items. This is a self-control thing. Eating out isnt going to be healthy, might as well eat it cheap.

Otherwise we eat out for birthdays.

Would you try Biphasic Sleep?

Regardless what time you go to bed or wake up, biphasic sleep can work with almost every lifestyle. Misses Efficiency Wakes up at 6am and takes her nap as late as 9pm. After that, she has a shot of energy and we have 3 hours of productivity, fun, or whatever the situation needs.

Take a look at our sleep articles. Many other users have made the change and say they are not going back.

Save 12 Hours A Week By Taking A Nap- Efficiency Articles

Our First Time Doing Biphasic Sleep + 4 Tips To Fall Asleep Fast
1 Year of Biphasic Sleep Later- Lessons Learned

Testimonials and Tips from other Biphasic Sleepers

Jim’s Experience And Tips on Biphasic Sleep
Jake’s Testimonial on Biphasic Sleep
Warnings- Why Biphasic Sleep Didn’t Work For Hailey and Ryan

Next Steps

I want you to think about your daily life and where there is waste, fix your food (dont be weak), and try something new.

Keep me excited about Efficiency, implement Efficiency in your homes and teach people how to optimize their life.

Check out my favorites from 2017

Save Money Without Shopping For Gas (Applied Secretary Problem)

Water Per Second. Non-trivial amounts of time are spent obtaining water.

Removing Non Value Added Marketing -Essential if you never taken a marketing class

Save Time Eating-Intermittent Fasting

Introducing Fun Per Dollar

Shoes Per Hour

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Update on 2017 and last article for a while

Wanted a update for Efficiency Enthusiasts on whats up.

I can’t do weekly articles, and I’m taking a break for the start of 2018.

I love efficiency, I think about applying Lean Principles every day. I don’t like low quality studies. While I put almost 20 hours a week into various aspects of conducting studies and collecting massive amounts of food data, I want bigger studies that change the world.

My next steps are to finish one last article for 2017, a mashup of unreleased articles that combined will be of significant value.

After that, I’m taking on some personal projects, programming an App, Starting a charity where I’ll be giving a slowcooker with an easy delicious 3$ meal to children, and………… eventually…. thinking about what major study you can benefit from.

Look forward to the article coming up, I wont release it until its incredibly useful.

The Highest Calorie Per Dollar Food In Human History- Oil vs Flour

Efficiency- Michael:

Reminder that we have a Massive Nutrition Per Dollar Study and the classic Calorie Per Dollar List.

Studying The Highest Calories Per Dollar

Data Collection

Data was collected from various stores, sizes, and brands of different Carbohydrates and Fat.

Despite being bombarded with marketing, we know processed food and fast foods are expensive.

Empty carbs and Jugs of Oil? Those perform well for this metric.

Highest Calories Per Dollar

Take note of how quickly the effectiveness drops off(nonlinear). This is a big deal, especially as something worth 2000 calories per dollar costs 4x as much as your best values.

If you can beat the highest item at 8944 Calories Per Dollar, shoot me a message. The highest value by Christmas will get a copy of Efficiency Is Everything In Life. Send me an email with a photo of the price, Calories, and Servings.


  1. The first ‘edible’ food is Costco’s Rice at 4,800 Calories Per Dollar.
  2. Very few foods at your grocery store exceed 700 Calories Per Dollar
  3. Fast food and Restaurants give closer to 100-200 Calories Per Dollar

Conclusions- Do We Implement This?

Diet Shift

If you currently are eating Pasta or Rice, you are likely averaging about 2000 Calories Per Dollar on those carbs.

A 100% switch to flour(baked goods) would save you about 60 dollars a year. Not exactly worth a gigantic lifestyle change.

Consider it financially healthy to make cookies, fresh bread, and other baked goods*.

*Chocolate chips are expensive, Peanut butter is cheap

Reasonable Supplement

Getting all 2000 calories from Oils or Flour is a disaster waiting to happen.

Lets be reasonable, a ~500 calorie goal. 25% of an average diet.

For 500 Caloires:

Previous Average 700 Calories Per Dollar = 260$ a year
Soybeen Oil = 30$ a year

230$ a year in savings if you supplemented your diet with Costco’s 40lb Jug of Soybean Oil. 11,500$/lifetime

Decision Making

A few hundred dollars a year in savings don’t seem to be worth the lifestyle. However, I can’t blame someone who wants to take the $14,000 dollars in savings over their lifetime.

My Takeaways-

I looked through the data and found I should be buying my Rice from Costco or Aldi. The difference over Walmart hits close to home as it comes out to a very real 180$/year extra expense.

Soybean Oil was scary

I looked into Canola Oil, and their wikipedia page suggested it is decent. I am going to begin incorporating Canola Oil instead of Veg and Olive Oil when possible.

I’ll be using more Canola in my life.

Ideas for more Canola Oil:


I used to do make a similar shake when I was bulking for weight lifting. I used 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 16oz milk, and 1 scoop protein.

Here I suggest similar, but instead use 1 Tbsp of Corn Oil. Shake up and drink.


Lunch and dinner are easy. Oils add a pleasurable mouth-feel in food. Your body is constantly looking for this long term energy storage and has developed to enjoy the smoothness of fats.

You can add this to everything, Alfredo sauce, coat cooked chicken/meats, mix with a salad, mix into fried rice, heck- you can supplement fast food/restaurants by dipping your food in Oil.


Try swapping or supplementing canola oil in some recipes.

I don’t recommend doing this with butter, butter has flavor that is desired.

Time To Decide- Engineer Your Lifestyle

Engineers collect the data and decide the best course based on ability to meet specifications, cost, and time requirements.

You decide what requirements your food needs, make a decision, and optimize.

Reminder that we have a Massive Nutrition Per Dollar Study and the classic Calorie Per Dollar List.

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Aldi, Walmart, Costco, and More Grocer Comparison + Never Shop At Kroger Again

Seeing a deal vs Calculating a deal

Aldi will bring you in for loss leaders on Eggs, but their green peppers are 2x more expensive than Walmart. Which is more cost effective?

Typically we have used Calories Per Dollar, but there is nothing wrong with using other metrics. Rather than see which way a broccoli company rounded on protein nutrition, we will compare mass/$.

Process Notes:

Bulk sizes and store-brand were chosen when available.

We look at

Cost – Mass Per Dollar
Quality- Availability
Quality- Worker Pay

We did not look at: Self Checkout, Greeter Presence, and ‘Singing Employees’. My advice here- Don’t be weak. Basic human interaction is good for you. Consider it exercise.

Grocery Store Comparison

To Continue:

A common theme will be seen today, despite claiming to lower prices, Kroger was our worst performing store.

Aldi and Meijer did not have fresh broccoli available. We track this in a later section.

The size of the packaging didn’t matter to Aldi, who despite being 5lbs lighter was the cheapest place to get brown sugar.

Kroger looks to have a loss leader on butter. Costco does not seem to be the place to buy your weekly groceries.

When I go to Aldi, I usually limit myself to Eggs and Milk. Greek Yogurt hits 40g of protein per dollar at Aldi. This is exceptionally high and a recommendation.(Note, I haven’t tasted it)

Costco and Sams Club were recorded with their almost nauseating 3lbs of canned tuna. This does not reseal, and possibly intended for restaurants. This is more expensive than Walmart and Aldi consumer sizes. Aside from the membership fees, wholesale seems more like a Marketing tactic rather than bulk bargins.

Introducing Effectiveness

Efficiency is measured as Metric/Cost. Effectiveness is measured Metric/Maximum.

Aldi, Costco, Walmart, and Samsclub are all above 95% Effective. You aren’t losing that much going from store to store. However Meijer under 50% would be an awful place to frequently purchase flour.

Can you go into Aldi and Walmart with a smile and create a positive aura?

Sams Club is often close to the price of their own store, Walmart.

On many items we found it was significantly more expensive to get the Sams Club product.

While my original statement was a bit drastic(considering it was inspired by the fall of Carthage), I don’t see a reason to maintain a membership at Sams Club.

Thought this was interesting. Want that peanuty flavor? Peanut butter is 2x more effective than peanuts.

I’ve noticed this reoccurring, massive bulk packaging saves around 30% of the cost. That is the highest possible amount you can save from Costco and Sams Club. The top item was a 50lb bag of pinto beans. Despite my urge to believe I need commercial sized quantities of food, the savings on this 50lb bag is only 10 dollars, and in 2 years the food will have expired.

Oh Kroger…

Home Stretch

This looks quite odd, however, my Walmart and Aldi lack a variety of produce, their only Spinach was precut in packaged bags. The lesson here- Packaging is expensive, if you can avoid it, you will save money.

Walmart kicks butt on sugar. Wholesale doesnt benefit you for going big.

Aldi had a crazy loss leader, a bag of sweet potatoes for a dollar. I didn’t believe it, so it was the item I purchased to confirm, they gave you a multi-pound bag of sweet potato for 1 dollar.

Fish prices vary drastically by store.

Tortillas seem to be similar from store to store.

This week everyone had a sale on Turkey. It seems Walmart and Aldi are not having difficulty bringing people in. The protein per dollar is deceptively high due to using the weight of bird=weight of edible meat in this math.

More interested in the Calories per Dollar, Pasta seems to have gone down in price in the last few years. My goal for ’empty white carbs’ is around 2000 calories per dollar. I’ve gotten crazy deals on cereal close to that amount, and I usually stock up. At 2000 calories per dollar, anything is a pretty good buy. Walmart 1$ knockoff girl scout cookies often meet this criteria.

Raw Data can be found here.

Comparing Workers Wages

Really Kroger? Really?

Your decision if this matters to you. It doesnt seem like any grocery store pays well.

Variety and Cleanliness

From our list we found Costco, Aldi, and Sams Club did not have many of the items we were looking for.

How to Shop

Sams Club

Don’t shop at Sam’s Club.


Don’t shop at Costco.


Aldi is great for a few products, however, keep an eye out for massively expensive products. IE: If chicken breasts are 1$/lb more than other stores.


They have a massive variety of groceries at low costs. I recommend them for low cost fresh food and produce.


Meat costs were low. With protein being expensive, Meijer surprised me and will have a new customer. Warning to keep an eye out for expensive products.


Never again, and you should tell your friends.

Why Kroger?

How does a company pay their employees so poorly and have such uncompetitive food prices? Their target demographic will pay more. Flashy signs claiming low prices, clean store, a name that isnt ‘Walmart’. Upper Middle class people routinely go to Kroger without knowing how bad costs are.

Try eliminating Kroger, it will take a few weeks to learn a new grocery store, but your weekly savings will be noticeable.

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Theory: Identifying the 7 Forms of Waste


The intended purpose of this website is to teach fundamentals of Industrial Engineering to everyone, so it can be applied to home.

You are the expert of your own life, once you learn the tools, you will be able to apply them.

While we live on 19,000 dollars a year, the goal isn’t to be cheap. The goal is to live life and to meet our specifications. Allocating time and money resources optimally to hit defined qualities.

There are only 2 sections, The Concepts, and Tips By Example. The first section puts a significant emphasis on the concept, while the second is application. As you read through the first section, take the time to think about where you have this in your own life.

The Concept- Forms of Waste


In The Factory- The movement of products. Transportation from one factory to another, transportation moving a product from one assembly line station to another, packaging the product, and moving it. Two major notes to remember about transportation-

  1. The customer doesn’t get value out of transportation
  2. Transportation is one of the largest forms of waste

At Home- Moving yourself, essential items for living, and non-essential items.


In The Factory- Raw materials sitting around costing extra warehouse space. Money spent on unused material that could otherwise be invested until additional material is needed.

In The Home- Bulk purchases can often mean buying too much causing expiration or storing it for a long time.


In The Factory- While transportation is movement, motion is the action. A machine having to open and close for each cycle is Motion waste.

At Home– Looking for a tool while performing a taste is a non value added movement. Adjusting a shirt that is getting ironed is Motion waste. You want to be ironing the shirt, not moving and flattening in the preparation of the ironing process.


In The Factory- Huge form of waste, although it can be spotted quite easily. Machines not performing actions, Humans on their cellphones.

At Home- Waiting for other people to ‘Get Ready’, waiting for water to boil or food to cook. If the waiting is significant, multi-tasking is popular. If waiting during a home task is repetitive, it may be worth optimizing. Although we have phones now, that makes waiting more enjoyable.

Over Processing

Think of Over Processing as “Trying too hard”.

In The Factory– This is irresponsibly exceeding quality expectations. If you are making white lights, creating a light that also changes colors is an unnecessary expense. If you are making a smooth bowl, you might go above and beyond to make the bowl smoother than needed. This costs time and money that could otherwise be passed down to the customer.

At Home- Imagine if you spent all day making a french cuisine for your in-laws, only to find out they are Ohio State fans 😛

Or if you enjoy offbrand 3$ Moscato, buying a more expensive brand because its ‘nicer’. As long as 3$ Moscato meets quality expectations, the extra expense is waste.

Over Production

In The Factory- Making more products than needed. Consider the effects of making 2x more product that is immediately needed. Those products need to be Transported, put in Inventory, and wait to be bought. If your customer changes their buying habits or product specifications, you will be left with Inventory you cannot sell.

At Home- Bulk preparation is fine, as long as its used. If you ever meal prepped so much food that you got sick of it, or it expired, you have over produced.


In The Factory- Defects mean:

  1. Reworking defects out of a product
  2. Scrapping a product

Reworking takes time, often takes material, and is an interruption to a fluid process. Scrapping is the complete loss of product, disposing of the time and material used to create that process.

At Home- Remember that defects must be severe enough to cause extra processing. If you can eat slightly burnt food, that meets quality expectations. If you cut off the burnt part or throw away a batch of burnt food, this is an example of dealing with defects. Defects can also happen on processes, like doing your hair or setting the temperature on your shower.

Examples- Tips To Reduce Waste In Your Life


Transportation is such a gigantic and frequent waste, even drinking water can be optimized to save over 1000 hours in your lifetime.

Transportation is often a repeatable, daily occurrence. I’ve conducted time studies to optimize my route to work. Saving 6 minutes per trip to work adds up to an entire hour a week.

Consider Why you are moving around the house. A spaghetti diagram can be used to visualize transportation during a routine. For this, draw your home layout, put your pen down at a starting point, and dont lift until you finish the routine. Overlap of lines are opportunities to consolidate actions.


Buying/renting too much space. The worst offender is Cash. Having USD means losing value every year to inflation. I havent talked about investment, but I should start. I personally recommend a blend of liquid assets(stocks), tax advantaged accounts(401k and IRA), cryptocurrency, and gold.

Also consider renting things instead of buying. A quarter million dollar mortgage on a vacation home gives you the ability to visit the location of your home. Could that quarter million dollars be spent on vacations ‘Just In Time’? The potentials of investment and constantly changing world makes buying things only when needed very valuable.


It would be a waste of water to clean a car from the wheels to the top. Shuffling through boxes trying to find a tool is waste. Watching water heat up to a boil. These might be difficult to solve immediately, but knowing the waste means thinking toward long term solutions.


While everyone waits, I want to point out a life changer-

Clean while you cook. As you cook dinner, put away dishes, wipe off dirty pans while they are still hot, throw away packaging from ingredients. Do this while you wait for water to boil or while meats and veggies are cooking. Find time, but make sure food doesnt burn.

While waiting, I have a cocktail of information from Instagram, Pinterest, and Reddit. Making the most of this down-time.

Over Processing

Quality is the ‘name of the game’.

How low cost and quick can you live? Can you live off flour? Or do you need a hearty meal of vegetables for your nutrition and sanity?

Tying shoes is a preventable waste. However, if you want to be faster than a shoe horn, you would need to sacrifice style for slip-ons. Do you need nicer shoes to meet a social status?

Consider what is needed, not what your income can afford. If you want a phone with a nice camera, look up phones with great cameras, THEN compare by price. Often people buy the latest iPhone without any research into competitor quality.

Apple Soapbox- I find Apple products a terrible value. Their phones are relatively slow compared to the competition, however iPhones have a fantastic camera. The cost for the phone dwarfs other phones with fantastic cameras. Further limited Apps and no widgets make me wonder what quality metrics people are paying for. The Apple Logo?

Over Production

Buying in bulk can be deceptive. You will often consume more, faster. Think of what happens when you buy a 2L of soda. Or 1750ml of liquor.

This could also be buying things ahead of needing them. You might think you need to buy a dog leash because its on sale, and someday, you might own a dog. However there is a very real risk of losing the leash, it consuming space in your home, motivating you to buy a larger home.


If defects are common, checklists can be used to prevent re-work. This can be used to make sure you leave your room with all the clothing items needed for the day, or make sure you have your lunch, ID, and laptop before going to work.

Starting the shower too hot or cold puts you at high risk for a defect in your morning routine. Solve this by Error Proofing your shower.

Think About Waste

As you do chores around the house, think about moving around, think about expectations. Can you find ways to save seconds on a process or save money on things you enjoy?

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