The Efficient, No Effort Way To Cook Pinto Beans- 80g Protein Per Dollar


Have you ever eaten pinto beans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

I did once. Or a few times.

Pinto beans are absurdly easy to cook, throw them in a slow cooker with water. Wait ~8 hours, and its cooked.

Yep, its that easy.

(I’m intentionally making this a short article to prove how easy cooking pinto beans are)

  1. Put water in a slow cooker(~3 cups per 1 cup pinto beans)
  2. Add pinto beans to slow cooker(keep an eye out for small stones, I have found a few in my lifetime)
  3. Turn it on low, put a lid on, and wait ~8 hours

When its done, eat it.

I strain out the Pinto Beans, put in a container, add salt and cheese.

These make low cost, high protein, and fast lunches for the whole week. 1 minute in the microwave and you are eating food.

If we don’t have leftovers, I’ll often do Lentils for breakfast, Pinto Beans for lunch, and make a fresh dinner.

Try Pinto Beans. Low Cost and Time Efficient, if you don’t like it, you didn’t waste much of either!


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Pizza Per Dollar- You Will Be Surprised To See Good Pizza Near The Top Of The List


Fun article for the 93% of people who ate pizza in the last month. We are the 7% 😛

I’m starting a Youtube channel where we cook recipes that have us eating for $1000/year per person. I wont be posting them here, so make sure you subscribe!

Pizza is a go-to when it comes to almost any social event.

Birthday parties, Superbowl parties, even weddings (yes, I have actually been to a wedding where they served pizza as their main dish)! The question is: What is your most Efficient Pizza?

Best Pizza Per Dollar

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Menu Item Before Tax Price Calories Per Dollar Protein Per Dollar Cost If Eaten All Year Calories Protein
Little Caesars Large Pepperoni $5.00 448 21 $1,629 2240 104
Little Caesars Large Cheese $5.00 400 19 $1,825 2000 96
Little Caesars Large Meat Lovers $8.00 340 15 $2,147 2720 120
Jets Pizza Large Cheese $12.49 248 11 $2,941 3100 140
Little Caesars Large Veggie $8.99 240 12 $3,038 2160 104
Jets Pizza Large Pepperoni $14.28 238 11 $3,066 3400 150
Jets Pizza Large Meat Lovers $17.00 224 11 $3,266 3800 180
Hungry Howies Large Cheese $9.00 222 11 $3,285 2000 100
Jets Pizza Small Cheese $8.49 198 15 $3,689 1680 130
Hungry Howies Large Pepperoni $10.79 195 9 $3,751 2100 100
Hungry Howies Large Meat Lovers $15.00 193 9 $3,776 2900 140
Dominos Large Cheese $12.00 193 10 $3,776 2320 120
Hungry Howies Small Cheese $5.00 192 9 $3,802 960 46
Dominos Large Meat Lovers $16.00 185 7 $3,946 2960 111
Jets Pizza Small Pepperoni $9.88 182 13 $4,007 1800 130
Dominos Large Pepperoni $13.50 178 7 $4,106 2400 96
Jets Pizza Large Veggie $17.00 176 7 $4,137 3000 120
Dominos Small Cheese $7.00 171 8 $4,258 1200 54
Papa John’s Large Pepperoni $15.74 163 5 $4,488 2560 80
Hungry Howies Small Pepperoni $6.29 162 8 $4,502 1020 48
Papa John’s Large Meat Lovers $18.99 160 6 $4,560 3040 120
Buddy’s Large Pepperoni $16.99 159 6 $4,600 2696 104
Buddy’s Large Cheese $15.49 158 5 $4,634 2440 80
Dominos Small Pepperoni $8.00 158 6 $4,635 1260 48
Dominos Large Veggie $16.00 155 8 $4,710 2480 128
Papa John’s Large Cheese $13.99 154 6 $4,728 2160 80
Hungry Howies Large Veggie $16.00 144 13 $5,078 2300 210
Buddy’s Large Meat Lovers $21.49 135 6 $5,402 2904 120
Buddy’s Small Cheese $9.49 129 4 $5,678 1220 40
Buddy’s Small Pepperoni $10.49 129 6 $5,681 1348 64
Papa John’s Small Pepperoni $9.99 126 6 $5,788 1260 60
Papa John’s Small Cheese $8.99 120 3 $6,077 1080 30
Papa John’s Large Veggie $18.99 118 4 $6,189 2240 80
Buddy’s Large Veggie $21.49 113 4 $6,472 2424 88

Raw Excel Data Download Here

As we’ve known from our original Calorie Per Dollar List The Little Caesar’s 5 Dollar Pizza is your highest Calorie Per Dollar and Protein Per Dollar on the list. It should be noted, this food is 2 times more cost effective than any other pizza place. That’s impressive. However, this still costs about 2x more than we spend on food.

Tastiest Takeaways

I personally cannot handle Little Caesar’s anymore, I had it on Tuesday Nights too many times during my childhood. Apparently my sister having dance class was an excuse to buy those calories 😛

I was shocked to see Jet’s Large Cheese so high on the list, while we don’t eat much pizza, Jets actually tastes okay (IMO) and scored really well.

Honorable mention to Hungry Howies which averages around third place.

The difference in prices get drastic quickly too. Papa Johns and Domino’s costs almost 50% more. At that point I would go to a local favorite, Buddy’s Pizza for nearly the same price point.

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Eat Cheaper and Healthy Instead!

Check out Nutrition Per Dollar, a gigantic study that will teach you quickly how to avoid the expensive foods and continue eating what you like.

Or…

Taco Bell Per Dollar
McDonalds Per Dollar
Protein Powder Per Dollar

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Should You Spend Time To Shop For Gas? Or, Learn The Rule Of Thumb


Is It Cheaper To Shop For Gas?

You have your ‘gas price’ app on your phone, and you spot a deal a few miles away.

Depending on how much you are Worth, Cost of Gas, and your Tank Size, will decide if that is a deal.


Warning- This article has a bunch of Fun Math. Easy multiplication and addition. If you want to skip the math and learn The Rule Of Thumb, skip to the end.

Money Savings

Download the excel sheet and change the givens to see your data extra personalized.

Table of ‘givens’

Gallons To Fill * Gas Station Price Difference = Total Profit

Total Profit is the actual dollars you would be holding.

Time Value

Using Miles Traveled and Average Miles Per Hour, we can calculate the extra time it takes to get gas.

If you value your time at 10$/hr you get $ Lost In Time.

Life Profit

Life Profit = Total Profit$ – $ Lost In Time.

Life Profit is a conversion of your Time Value ($/hr) into dollars. I’m not certain this the most significant value in this study. I personally find the Total Profit and Lifetime Vacation Days Lost

Vacation Days is the lifetime cost if you did this weekly, in units of 8 hours(A vacation day). Skip this to save 26 vacation days worth of time in your lifetime.

Takeaways, savings are pretty minimal, a 100$ dollars a year if you are lucky. At a very lucky extreme you are saving $10,000 in your lifetime. I personally think its too much effort.

Anything beyond 1 mile away is almost always a waste of a minimum wage worker’s time.

Real Life Useful Probability

Should wait until the next gas station on your way home to get gas?

You don’t know future prices, and after you pass a gas station, you cannot turn around. Previous are Eliminated.

This is a common mathematical problem, and Numberphile did a great video on selecting ‘The Best Toilet At A Music Festival’ or “The Secretary Problem”.

How To Pick The Best Gas Station

  1. Observe 37% of the possible gas stations (IE 10 gas stations, observe 4)
  2. The lowest price is your price to beat
  3. When you find a better price than what you observed, buy it immediately
  4. If you cannot beat the lowest price observed, buy gas at the final location

I love that probability can be used in real life. This is literally no extra effort, this is optimization of the current process with math.

Anyone have other Real Life Applications of The Secretary Problem? Would you use this to pick a line at the grocery store?

Update/Fun Stuffs

I need to name a Unit. Only in 4th grade did I imagine this day 😛

1/(second * dollar). or Per second dollar. Studying Life and adding Time dimensions will allow Quality metrics to be more comparable.

I really don’t want to name it Kirk, but naming after famous people/things may cause confusion. Do you have any cool sounds/acronyms/ideas for a New Unit name?? If you don’t comment, I’m going to name it Kirk.

Ultimate Low Cost Healthy Food Guide – 44 Micro Nutrients Per Dollar – Data’s Best Foods


Quick Tips To Save Money On Food

Despite Marketing Companies ability to control your perception- Fresh Food is lower cost than Fast Food, Canned, Prepared/boxed, and frozen.

This math will change your life.

Consume More-
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Peanuts
  • Spinach
  • (Flour?)
  • Butternut Squash
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Lentils
  • Canned Tomatoes
Consume Less-

  • Out of Season/Location Fresh Foods
  • Energy Drinks
  • Alcoholic Drinks(sorry not a ton of nutrition in beer + wine)
  • Brand Name Apples
  • fast food/processed food
General Results

Best Values- The Math

There are two types of data presented. Nutrition Per Dollar and Nutrition Ratio Total(Sum).

A straight addition of nutrients would yield an unimportant number due to a wildly high amount of Vitamin A in carrots.

The solution was to remove the dimensions of each to find a Nutrient Ratio:

(Ingredient’s Nutrient mg/dollar) / Max Nutrient mg/dollar

This creates a scale from 0 to 1, where 1 is the best value for that Nutrient/$. By removing the dimensions, we can now add these up. If we decided we wanted to weight one nutrient over others, we could use multiplication.

The numbers below are an addition of 37 micronutrients I considered beneficial.

On Data Collection- I nearly always picked the lowest cost option, and obtained nutrition data from here.

Lowest Cost Nutrition

Understanding and implementing top 50 ranked foods is valuable.

Nutrition Ratio Total = Sum of 37 (Nutrient/$ / Highest Nutrient/$). The original Nutrient/$ can be found below.

The Nutrition Ratio Total is good for understanding scale of value. IE: Oranges(1.57) are 3x more Nutritious Per Dollar than Lemons(0.51).

If you havent eaten a specific vegetable before, I’d toss the veggie into something you already enjoy. We started adding Spinach or Kale to our friend rice. After 10 minutes of cooking, it still tastes like my favorite fried rice in the world, but it has Kale.

Frozen food doesnt show up until #19, where Frozen Carrots are 2x more expensive than Fresh Carrots. The lesson here is to reduce/eliminate canned and frozen food. Fresh/Raw foods are typically cheaper.

One more cost saving tip- Replace a $1.69 Red Pepper with Carrots. Just as sweet.

Flour + Cereal- Apparently low fiber and enriched with vitamins help you score pretty well. Monster took a note from them. We sometimes use flour to thicken our soups/stews, but that’s about it.

Here is the Excel Data:

Download the raw data here

Complete Nutrition Per Dollar- 44 More Charts

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How To Eat For 1,000$/year

A half decade of studying this topic and having to cook for my ‘used to be picky’ wife, here is my ultimate guide to eating the most nutritious, healthy, low cost food ever. We aim to eat around 700 Calories Per Dollar and my ‘used to be picky’ wife now prefers our menu over restaurants.

Foods to remember

Protein– Beans, Lentils, Chicken, Eggs, Milk, and potentially discounted meats(turkey,pork/ground beef).
Veggies– Leafy greens, Carrots, and in-season veggies
Carbs– Pick Bread, Rice, Noodles- Don’t buy premade boxed rice/noodles.
Spices– Reward yourself. By eating at home you can borderline go wild on spices, sauces, etc… I’ll stay within ~1$ on things like, cream of chicken, a variety of spices, dressing, BBQ sauces, etc…

Make The Food Taste Good

80% of the taste is Easy

Salt, Lemon/Lime/Vinegar, Sugar, Butter/Oil/Fats, and umami taste good.

Add each slowly and taste like you would testing saltiness. If you are unaware of these cheat codes to cooking, they are worth googling.

The challenging 20%

Play around with texture, how you cook each type of food. Mess around with timing when you add spices/sauces.

My preferred texture, usually uses this method to cooking anything- Cook chicken on medium-high ~4 minutes, flip, 4 minutes, (optional deglaze), throw in veggies, cook everything for ~8 minutes. Serve on top of the carb. Change around timing when you add spices and sauces, the order will slightly change the finished product.

Everything tastes good. There are almost 0 foul flavors. Just make sure you Salt, Add an Acid, Add sweetness, Fats, and Umami (the 5 things up top).

Grocery Shop

I go to the lowest cost store in my area with a printed out grocery list of what we are eating for the week(we cycle through 28 recipes).

Writing the list was a solid 1 hour job to type everything out and plan it. We even sorted by isle. However after 5 years of using it, grocery shopping takes less than 15 minutes including checkout.

Pick fresh veggies, chicken, eggs, milk. Our list is more specific but we often will grab low cost, in-season foods. When in doubt- You are still saving money not eating out, and all food will taste good.

Buy fresh instead of canned, frozen. Avoid processed rice/noodles.

Need Ideas?

  1. Go on Google
  2. type in a protein a veggie and a carb, IE:

    Chicken Rice Peas

There will be a recipe for it. And since all food tastes good, it probably will too.

AVOID

Avoid Fast Food, Restaurants, Boxed Food, Canned Food, Frozen Food, Processed Food. (sorry, I just really want to save you money.)

Even Clif Bars on sale for 1$ off were less than 20g Protein Per Dollar.

Marketing is Crooked

You were told, McDonalds was the cheapest, most nutritious food. How did that 440 Calorie Per Dollar propaganda spread? Today its 2-3x more expensive than anything we eat.

How much did McDonald’s pay The Telegraph to write the article “McDouble is ‘cheapest and most nutritious food in human history'” ?

You were told Prepared Foods are cheaper than fresh food.

Nice move Marketing Companies. You got away with it for, ~20 years?

After years of studying cost effective eating- Healthy, fresh foods are almost always cheaper than anything a company prepares and re-sells.

We understand the convenience factor of having food prepared for us. That has value.

However, Marketing Companies pushed the idea their foods are low cost. I thought I was saving money by eating canned veggies.

Data shuts the myth down.

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“Eat Mas!” Taco Bell Menu – Calories and Protein Per Dollar


Taco Bell is my guilty pleasure. Mrs. Efficiency was dead set on hating Taco Bell, suffering on hard tacos with Ground Beef and lettuce. No cheese, nothing-

The magic of a Loaded Potato Griller has changed her life forever.

Save Money At Taco Bell

Takeaways

  • Beefy 5 Layer Burrito – Is no longer the highest Calorie Per Dollar item at Taco Bell
  • The highest protein per dollar item is the Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla
  • the highest calorie per dollar item is the Beefy Fritos Burrito at 440 calories per dollar.
  • Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla– High protein per dollar but low in calories.
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Menu Item Before Tax Price Calories Per Dollar Protein Per Dollar Cost If Eaten All Year Calories Protein
Beefy Fritos Burrito $1.00 430 13.0 1698 430 13
Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito $1.00 420 11.0 1738 420 11
Grilled Breakfast Burrito $1.00 340 11.0 2147 340 11
Grilled Breakfast Burrito Fiesta Potato $1.00 340 10.0 2147 340 10
Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla $1.00 330 14.0 2212 330 14
Triple Layer Nachos $1.00 320 7.0 2281 320 7
Bean Burrito $1.19 311 11.8 2348 370 14
Beefy 5 Layer Burrito $1.69 296 11.2 2467 500 19
Caramel Apple Empanada $1.00 280 3.0 2607 280 3
Cheesy Burrito $1.79 274 12.8 2667 490 23
Breakfast Crunchwrap $2.49 269 8.4 2713 670 21
Loaded Potato Griller $1.59 258 7.5 2831 410 12
Quesarito $2.49 257 8.4 2840 640 21
Breakfast Soft Taco $1.00 240 11.0 3042 240 11
Beefy Nacho Griller $1.59 233 7.5 3137 370 12
Breakfast Quesadilla $1.99 231 9.5 3158 460 19
Spicy Potato Soft Taco $1.00 230 5.0 3174 230 5
Nachos Bellgrande $3.29 228 5.8 3202 750 19
Breakfast Crunchwrap California $2.79 226 7.5 3233 630 21
Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller $1.59 214 8.8 3414 340 14
Shredded Chicken Burrito $1.89 212 8.5 3449 400 16
Beef Mini Quesadilla $1.00 210 9.0 3476 210 9
Spicy Tostada $1.00 210 6.0 3476 210 6
XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito-Beef $4.19 205 7.6 3557 860 32
Grande Scambler $3.29 191 7.3 3812 630 24
Cinnabon Delights 12 pack $4.89 190 1.8 3838 930 9
Cheese Quesadilla $2.49 185 7.6 3952 460 19
Combo Burrito $2.49 181 8.4 4039 450 21
Cheesy Roll Up $1.00 180 9.0 4056 180 9
Mini Skillet Bowl $1.00 180 5.0 4056 180 5
Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla $1.00 180 12.0 4056 180 12
Cheesy Potato Burrito $2.69 178 6.7 4091 480 18
Nacho Supreme $2.49 177 5.2 4131 440 13
Black Bean Burrito $2.19 174 6.4 4207 380 14
Cinnabon Delights 4 pack $1.79 173 1.7 4215 310 3
Cheesy Gordita Crunch $2.89 173 6.9 4219 500 20
Cheesy Gordita Crunch $2.89 173 6.9 4219 500 20
Doubledilla- Steak w/ chips and salsa $4.99 170 8.0 4286 850 40
Cinnamon Twists $1.00 170 1.0 4294 170 1
Double Decker Taco $1.89 169 7.4 4312 320 14
Doubledilla- Chicken w/ chips and salsa $4.99 168 8.2 4337 840 41
Chips & Salsa $1.49 168 2.0 4351 250 3
Crunchwrap Supreme $3.19 166 5.0 4394 530 16
Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes $1.39 165 2.2 4412 230 3
Smothered Burrito-Beef $4.19 165 6.7 4433 690 28
Mexican Pizza $3.39 162 6.2 4499 550 21
Hash Brown $1.00 160 1.0 4563 160 1
Cinnabon Delights 2 Pack $1.00 160 2.0 4563 160 2
Quesadilla-Chicken $3.19 160 8.5 4566 510 27
Double Decker Taco Supreme $2.19 155 6.4 4702 340 14
Chips & Guacamole $1.49 154 2.0 4729 230 3
7-Layer Burrito $2.79 154 5.0 4737 430 14
Soft Taco $1.19 151 7.6 4826 180 9
Chips & Cheese $1.49 148 2.0 4944 220 3
Pintos N Cheese $1.29 147 7.8 4956 190 10
Naked Chicken Chalupa $2.99 147 6.7 4961 440 20
Fiesta Taco Salad-Beef $5.19 146 5.2 4985 760 27
Crunchy Taco $1.19 143 6.7 5110 170 8
Burrito Supreme $2.99 134 5.7 5457 400 17
Soft Taco Supreme $1.59 132 6.3 5527 210 10
Chalupa Supreme $2.79 129 4.7 5658 360 13
Gordita Supreme $2.19 128 5.9 5710 280 13
Power Menu Burrito-Steak $3.79 121 6.6 6015 460 25
Black beans and rice $1.49 121 4.0 6043 180 6
Crunchy Taco Surpreme $1.59 119 5.0 6109 190 8
Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos $1.49 114 5.4 6398 170 8
Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos $1.49 114 5.4 6398 170 8
Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos $1.49 114 5.4 6398 170 8
Chips & Pico De Gallo $1.49 114 1.3 6398 170 2
Power Menu Burrito- Veggie $3.79 113 3.7 6434 430 14
Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos Surpreme $1.89 101 4.8 7262 190 9
Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme $1.89 101 4.8 7262 190 9
Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme $1.89 101 4.2 7262 190 8
Meximelt $2.49 100 5.6 7271 250 14
Power Menu Bowl $4.99 96 5.6 7589 480 28
Power Menu Bowl- Veggie $4.99 92 3.2 7919 460 16
Chicken Soft Taco $1.79 89 6.7 8167 160 12
Grilled Steak Soft Taco $2.49 80 4.8 9089 200 12
Airheads Blue Rasberry freeze $2.19 78 0.0 9404 170 0
Premium Latin Rice $1.49 67 1.3 10877 100 2
Black Beans $1.49 54 2.7 13596 80 4

Excel Data Download

Taco Bell Is Expensive

Despite having a 400 Calorie Per Dollar item, thats still almost 2x more than we spend on homecooked food. Most menu items were around 150-250 calories per dollar, 4x more expensive than eating at home.

A year eating at home eating Efficiently costs around $1,000/person- Eating at Taco Bell, $4,000 a year.

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McDonalds Per Dollar – Calorie and Protein Per Dollar At The Largest Fast Food Chain


Cheapest McDonalds Food

mcdonalds-sign

With over 35,000 locations, this one will probably end up coming in handy.

How To Use

Select higher items that are similar – You get 50% more buying a Jr. Mac instead of a Big Mac. Not sure how picky you are, but some items are simply better deals.

Remove things you wouldn’t have ordered anyway – If you are a repeat customer, eliminate the over-the-top expensive items you weren’t a fan of. I never really liked their Fillet-o-Fish much anyway.

Fill up when desperate on Cheese Burgers – The protein + calories is going to be the best you are going to get. Consider purchasing a preferable item and one cheese burger for calories.

Should you get a drink? Drinks are technically Infinity Calories Per Dollar. Is it ethical to buy a soda pop and use McDonalds as a wifi hub all day? I can imagine drinking a lot of Calories, Caffeine and getting some work done.

McDonald’s Calories Per Dollar

If you frequent a specific location and want your customized data, download the list and enter your prices. The orders, calories, and protein servings are there for you. Also included in the excel file is Protein/Calorie and a dimensionless weighing system. Prices were similar enough between restaurants to make Efficient decisions.

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Menu Item Before Tax Price Calories Per Dollar Protein Per Dollar Cost If Eaten All Year Calories Protein
Sausage Buscuit $1.00 490.0 12.0 $1,489.80 490 12
Chocolate Cookie $0.39 435.9 5.1 $1,674.71 170 2
2 Apple Pies $1.29 356.6 3.1 $2,047.17 460 4
McChicken $1.00 350.0 15.0 $2,085.71 350 15
Fresh Baked muffin $1.49 302.0 4.7 $2,417.11 450 7
Sausage Burrito $1.00 300.0 12.0 $2,433.33 300 12
Cheeseburger $1.00 300.0 15.0 $2,433.33 300 15
Chocolate Shake $2.89 290.7 6.6 $2,511.55 840 19
Vanilla Shake $2.89 276.8 6.2 $2,637.13 800 18
Strawberry Shake $2.89 276.8 6.6 $2,637.13 800 19
Apple Pie $0.89 258.4 2.2 $2,824.78 230 2
McDouble $1.49 255.0 15.4 $2,862.37 380 23
Fudge Sundae $1.49 255.0 6.7 $2,862.37 380 10
Caramel sundae $1.49 255.0 6.0 $2,862.37 380 9
Big breakfast with hotcakes $5.49 245.9 6.4 $2,968.67 1350 35
Double Cheeseburger $1.79 240.2 14.0 $3,038.84 430 25
Oreo Mcflurry w/ candies $2.69 234.2 4.8 $3,116.98 630 13
Bacon McDouble $2.00 225.0 14.0 $3,244.44 450 28
Sausage McGriddles $2.00 215.0 5.5 $3,395.35 430 11
Strawberry Sundae $1.49 214.8 5.4 $3,399.06 320 8
Large Fries $2.39 213.4 2.9 $3,420.98 510 7
Sausage McMuffin $1.99 201.0 7.0 $3,631.75 400 14
Tripple Cheeseburger $3.00 173.3 10.7 $4,211.54 520 32
20 Pc. McNugget $5.19 171.5 9.4 $4,256.97 890 49
Classic Chicken Sandwich $3.00 170.0 8.3 $4,294.12 510 25
Sausage Buscuit with Egg $3.49 151.9 4.9 $4,806.98 530 17
Sweet BBQ Bacon crispy chicken $5.49 151.2 7.7 $4,828.55 830 42
Hot Caramel Macchiato $2.79 143.4 4.7 $5,091.75 400 13
Sausage,Egg & Cheese McGriddles $3.89 141.4 5.1 $5,163.09 550 20
Sweet BBQ Bacon burger $5.49 140.3 7.7 $5,204.81 770 42
Sausage biscuit with egg $3.79 139.8 4.5 $5,220.19 530 17
Pico Guacamole crispy chicken $5.19 138.7 6.4 $5,262.08 720 33
Snack Wrap $2.19 137.0 9.6 $5,329.00 300 21
2 Snack Wraps $4.38 137.0 9.6 $5,329.00 600 42
Garlic White Chedder crispy chicken $5.19 134.9 6.4 $5,412.43 700 33
Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles $4.09 134.5 4.4 $5,428.55 550 18
Vanilla cone $1.49 134.2 3.4 $5,438.50 200 5
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit $3.59 133.7 5.3 $5,459.79 480 19
Sausage McMuffin with Egg $3.59 130.9 5.8 $5,575.96 470 21
Fruit & Mapple oatmeal $2.40 129.2 2.5 $5,651.61 310 6
10 Pc. Buttermilk Crispy Tenders $9.69 129.0 10.1 $5,658.96 1250 98
Double Quarter Pounder $5.99 128.5 8.5 $5,678.83 770 51
Pico Guacamole burger $5.19 127.2 6.6 $5,740.45 660 34
2 Pc. Buttermilk Crispy Tenders $2.00 125.0 10.0 $5,840.00 250 20
Garlic White Chedder burger $5.19 123.3 6.4 $5,919.84 640 33
Sweet BBQ Bacon grilled chicken $5.49 122.0 9.1 $5,981.64 670 50
Mocha $2.79 121.9 3.2 $5,990.29 340 9
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel $4.55 120.9 5.7 $6,039.09 550 26
Hash Browns $1.29 116.3 0.8 $6,278.00 150 1
Bacon, Egg & Cheese biscuit $3.89 115.7 4.6 $6,310.44 450 18
Quarter Pounder $4.59 115.5 6.8 $6,322.08 530 31
Big mac $4.69 115.1 5.3 $6,340.19 540 25
Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel $4.85 113.4 5.2 $6,437.27 550 25
Southwest buttermilk chicken salad $4.79 108.6 5.8 $6,724.42 520 28
Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles $3.89 108.0 4.6 $6,761.19 420 18
Buttermilk Crispy Chicken $5.29 107.8 5.3 $6,774.91 570 28
Bacon Ranch salad w/ buttermilk chicken $4.59 106.8 7.2 $6,838.16 490 33
Mango Pineapple smoothie $3.19 106.6 1.3 $6,849.12 340 4
Pico Guacamole grilled chicken $5.19 106.0 8.1 $6,888.55 550 42
Iced Mocha $2.79 103.9 2.5 $7,023.10 290 7
Strawberry Banana smoothie $3.19 103.4 1.3 $7,056.67 330 4
10 Pc. Chicken Nuggets $4.29 102.6 5.6 $7,117.50 440 24
Garlic White Chedder grilled chicken $5.19 102.1 8.1 $7,148.49 530 42
Fruit & yogurt parfait $1.49 100.7 2.7 $7,251.33 150 4
Hot Latte $2.79 100.4 5.4 $7,273.93 280 15
Filet-O-Fish $4.39 88.8 3.9 $8,217.18 390 17
Hamburger $3.00 83.3 4.3 $8,760.00 250 13
Egg McMuffin $3.79 79.2 4.7 $9,222.33 300 18
Iced Caramel Macchiato $2.79 75.3 2.2 $9,698.57 210 6
Iced Coffe $1.89 74.1 1.1 $9,855.00 140 2
Southwest Grilled chicken salad $4.79 73.1 7.7 $9,990.57 350 37
Artisan Grilled Chicken $5.29 71.8 7.0 $10,162.37 380 37
Bacon Ranch salad w/ Grilled chicken $4.59 69.7 9.2 $10,470.94 320 42
Egg White delight McMuffin $3.89 66.8 4.6 $10,921.92 260 18
Iced Latte $2.79 43.0 2.2 $16,972.50 120 6
Cappuccino $2.79 43.0 3.9 $16,972.50 120 11

Raw Data Download

Key Takeaways

  1. Despite The Telegraph claiming the McDouble is the cheapest and most nutritious food in human history. It doesnt stack up to similar home cooked foods.
  2. The McDouble and the Cheese Burger are the highest protein per dollar items at 15g/$. This is 33% more expensive than canned tuna and over 300% more expensive than chicken breasts. Honorable mention to the 20% more expensive McChicken.
  3. You could fill up on empty carbs with their 430 Calories Per Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies. Not exactly healthy, but I’ve done similar if I made a protein shake and wanted some solid food.
  4. It seems McDonalds runs sales, see their $1 cheese burger. In this case it was a top deal.

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Caffeine Per Dollar List – Cheapest Forms Of Caffeine, Coffee, Tea, and Energy Drinks


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After a weekend of lots of coffee, infinity CPD cream, and infinity CPD sugar later- we have our Caffeine Per Dollar List

EDIT 2-7-17: It was pointed out that the caffeine content in coffee was about 20% higher than it should be. Accuracy is the most important and the photo and excel download below has been updated.


Bolded are some products I found interesting to compare. Take note of how similar products have similar amounts of Caffeine Per Dollar. McDonalds and Starbucks were comparable to each other, but much more expensive than their home brew counterparts.

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Download Excel File Here

7 Take Aways

  1. Drip Coffee is often the most cost efficient around $0.02/cup
  2. Diet Coke has more caffeine than regular Coke.
  3. Making Coffee in the Keurig is 32x more expensive than Drip Coffee
  4. Making your own Starbucks at home saves 3x.
  5. 25 Cent Office coffee costs ~9x more than if you made it your own
  6. Energy Drinks are expensive,and often on par with Starbucks and McDonalds
  7. Caffeine pills can be comparable to drip coffee, or sometimes 5x more expensive.

Caffeine Study Routine

Got me through many Chem Engineering exams-

>Eat Dinner
>Take Caffeine Pill with a bunch of water
>Set timer for 40 minutes, enjoy life to the fullest- aka game.
>Timer rings, caffeine kicks in, get to work
>Set timer for 5 hours (you study until the half life hits)
>Dream about the subject matter

Bonus points if you ran or napped recently. Worked best for Organic Chem, I used to dream in compounds.

I hope I dont kill anyone

There are two items I didnt list above, but collected data for.

1,500 g Caffeine Powder Pure (Synthetic) From PureBulk – 22,000 mg Caffeine Per Dollar

25 kg 100% Pure Caffeine Anhydrous USP From Nutra Vita Shop – 38,400 mg Caffeine Per Dollar

The problem with pure caffeine is that a scoop of it will kill you. That teaspoon you use to scoop sugar with could kill a few people. Not easy to use.

Ever since BOFAD(Bag of Flour A Day) became a meme on fitness message boards, I’m a bit more conservative on what I put in an infographic.

I’ll take my delicious house coffee. Black or lots of cream lots of sugar – I love coffee.

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INFINITY Calories Per Dollar – AKA Free Food


Happy Thanksgiving! Fun topic for this week, don’t take it too seriously.

We are looking for sources of Infinity Calories Per Dollar or as most people will call it, free food.

Quick Math:

1 Calorie / 0$ = infinity

(technically this doesn’t equal infinity, but rather approaches infinity however – no calculus until after dinner)

Originally I thought this was going to be silly – telling people to eat sugar at their local coffee store, but I think there is something fascinating about

  1. How much time people will spend for free food
  2. Companies advertise to you in exchange for food
  3. How the easiest sources of free food are the least nutritious

I often see engineer’s cubicles have this printed:

>Fast
>Cheap
>Good

Pick Two

Given those, there are all sorts of ways to classify each ‘deal’.

Free Sources

  • Socially acceptable
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    Infinity Calories Per Dollar

    • Work food
      • Donuts/Snacks/Baked goods
      • Events
      • Team Lunches
    • Free Samples
      • Costco/Sams Club
      • Mail in samples
      • Free after Rebate
  • Work
    • Gardening
    • Hunting/Trapping
    • Foraging
    • Begging
    • Volunteer opportunities
  • Illegal/Immoral
    • Theft
    • Unnecessarily going to a food bank
  • Not actually free, but an incentive
    • Buy One Get One Free
    • Coupons
    • Reward programs
    • Birthday Deals
      • Often involve tipping, or bringing others along to pay full price

Non Free Sources Of Infinity Calories Per Dollar (Theoretical)

These assume either Sunk Cost, or Calories are infinite (infinity/30$ is still tending towards infinity)

  • All-You-Can-Eat
  • Free Refills
  • Taking receipt surveys
    • Costs money at point of service
  • Wedding/party food
    • You were going to go to the wedding anyway
  • Restaurant Freebies
    • Sugar Packets
    • Coffee Creamers
    • Ketchup/Condiment Packets
    • Candy/Mints
    • Parmesan packets from Pizza Places
      • Shoutout to Jaci who said you can use this to make a ‘good enough’ grilled cheese
    • Salsa +Chips
    • Bread + Olive Oil
    • Free Refills on Drinks

 

 

Right away, there are a few things that caught my attention:

There is a fine line between frugal and theft, I don’t feel bad about taking an extra few sugar packets, but I don’t think its right to take all of the sugar packets.

Deals are misleading

  • Buy one get one free, is not actually free.
  • Coupons/rewards usually require an expensive upfront cost.

Unless you are walking to a location, gasoline costs money.

There is time cost to doing any of these. How often do you drive by the place you have a coupon on the way home from work?

 

Final Takeaways

Upon doing this I decided – its SOOO much easier, tastier, and healthier to just cook food.

We eat for ~3$/day and personally, I’d put more time into looking for a higher paying job before signing up for Red Robin Birthday Coupons.

My exception is Work Food and Sunk Cost when they are healthy. I’ve outgrown work’s weekly donuts, but I’m a sucker for protein filled sandwiches. Regarding the chips and salsa, I can’t tell if I love salsa or I love getting Infinity Calories Per Dollar.

Don’t take this topic too seriously, its a fun little exception when math extremes intersects with life. Hope you enjoyed some quirky math this week. Next time, Caffeine per Dollar, I hope I dont kill anyone….

Do you have any places you get free food? Comment below and I’ll do the data science.

   

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Environmentally Questionable – Disposable Dining Ware Per Dollar List


Environmental Ethical Dilemma

For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about this information. It seemed replacing your dining ware(forks, spoons, utensils, cups, plates, bowls) with plastic or disposable was clearly the time efficient solution. It isn’t responsible to release an article encouraging people to increase their waste.

It sparked us to looked deep for a solution, which we were shocked to find. It wasnt ‘green’ disposable, as it was was 3-4 times more expensive. And really? How ‘green’ is something its manufactured and shipped? Disposable dining ware is affordable but the time savings didnt add up.

I’ll post the raw data without commentary for informational purposes, but continue reading to see our surprising conclusion and recommendation.

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Time Study Of Dishes

We did a Timestudy on loading and unloading the dishes vs disposable. Pretty basic, but we wanted to put real numbers with tasks. We found:

Silverware is bought once. Disposable plates and utensils are bought a few times a year, adding a few minutes at the grocery store.

Daily transportation of dining ware and food are identical in steps/timing.

After use at the dining room table, the dishes must be moved to the trash or dishwasher. Considering the dishwasher and garbage are pretty close to each other. Loading into a dishwasher takes negligible additional time.

Note: This may fail if the dishwasher is full, causing rework.

When cleaned, the time putting dishes away is noteworthy

3 loads of dishes later and a weirded out friend on a Friday night, I have a good range of data regarding the time it takes to unload dishes.

  • It takes average 2.8 s per meal to put away a clean plate.
  • It takes average 3 s per meal to put away a fork/knife/spoon
  • It takes average 6 s per meal to put away a cup
  • A Wok took 75 seconds to hand clean
  • Odd objects took minimum 6 seconds and upwards of 24 due to distant storage locations or failure to clean.

To replace all your forks, spoons, plates, with disposable you would save:

1 Fork + 1 Plate = ~6s/meal

6s/meal * 3 meals/day = 18s/day

18s/day * 365 days/year = 2190 s =

109.5 minutes/year

109 minutes a year per person. But it takes more than 18 seconds a day to do dishes, where does that come from?

The painful part of dishes arent the silverware or plates, its the odd objects. Stacking Tupperware, building to-go mugs, and putting away single objects away are time heavy.

See why plates are so much faster than the odd Glass Pie Pan?

See why plates are so much faster than the odd Glass Pie Pan?

Having to walk across your kitchen to put something away takes seconds going there, and seconds going back. I could put away 4 meals worth of plates in the time it takes me to put away a special appliance.

Comparing only disposable to dishwashed cups, forks, spoons, bowls, and plates we can find out

The Math – Should you replace your silverware with disposable?

From above, 18s a day/person = 109min/year

109 min/yr = 1.8 hrs/year

$120 for 1 year all disposable dining ware

$120/1.8 hrs = $66/hour luxury

If you are making less than 66$/hour, its a luxury to use disposable dishware.

From the original table it only costs 120$/yr to use low cost disposable dishware. ~400 dollars for the ‘green’ alternative($220/hr).

A few people have pointed out this is only the price mathematics, using this much disposable stuff might cause an environmental disaster. Regardless, disposable forks seems expensive for the time you actually save, I’ll let you use the data make your own decisions.

Final Thoughts + Tips

The biggest surprise to me, was how quick plates and forks were to put away and take out of the dishwasher. The big lesson learned was seeing how long it took to clean or put away a unique object. Pareto rule, 80% of the time comes from 20% of the dishes.

  1. Reduce the number of times you bend and lift(pick up) items, try to get many in. That action can take up to 60% of the time doing dishes.
  2. You are greatly time rewarded if the dishwasher is clean, cups, forks, spoons can all go straight into it. Eliminating rework time
  3. Pots and pans that finished cooking should be cleaned right away. If that isnt possible- run warm water in the pot, thank yourself later.
  4. Clean while you cook – when you are waiting around for things to get hot, put a few away
  5. If you are going to splurge, I recommend cups to save time. It takes 6s to put away a cup, double the time saved over a plate/fork.

I wont be switching to disposable any time soon, however I’ll be looking to move our oven pans and wok closer to the action.

Can you move anything in your kitchen to reduce walking distances? Look around and think about it when you are cooking or doing the dishes. If you can find a way to save 30s a day, it would add up to be more than 150 hours of your life. Thats like 4 weeks paid vacation! Efficiency!

If you want me to look into kitchen or home time-studies or ergonomics comment below.

Special : Podcast Interview – How to Data Science Your Life


Note: I have a huge study coming up in the realm of – “paper plates per dollar”. Its been a struggle trying to find an environmentally responsible, cost efficient, and time saving solution – BUT I’m almost there.

 

I got a special surprise this week:earphones-477446_640

We have an interview loaded with Efficiency tips, including a little bit of theory, and a lot to learn. It turned out fantastic and anyone will learn something they can apply to save money or gain time right away. Dennis from Grounded Reason did a great job leading the topic.

I start talking at about 8 minutes into the podcast, but Dennis has a really interesting note about how to play Monopoly that anyone who plays boardgames should listen to.

Click Here To Download Podcast- How To Data Science Your Life

Grounded Reason finds solutions to cutting your cable bill, reducing or eliminating your monthly bill. Midway through the interview I do a calculation that even sunrises me:

Average American watches 2 hours a day

Each hour has 20 minutes of commercials
40 minutes a day of commercials
40 minutes of commercials x 365 days x 50 years= 730,000 minutes or 12,000 hours.
If you could get that in 8 hour vacation days, that would be 1,500 days off work.

That is one of the biggest uses of time I’ve ever seen – with solutions

  • Netflix
  • Youtube
  • Equipment
  • Antenna,
  • Various Entertainment – This is what Grounded Reason does best

Check out the Grounded Reason website and see how they can save you money on the cable bill – at $90/month that comes out to $54,000 in a lifetime. Not even mentioning getting rid of 12 thousand hours of commercials.

And definitely listen to this podcast when you have a chance. Be double efficient and do it on an unavoidable car ride.

 

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