With over 35,000 locations, this one will probably end up coming in handy.
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.
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.New functionality! Click on a unit to sort
|Menu Item||Before Tax Price||Calories Per Dollar||Protein Per Dollar||Cost If Eaten All Year||Calories||Protein|
|2 Apple Pies||$1.29||356.6||3.1||$2,047.17||460||4|
|Fresh Baked muffin||$1.49||302.0||4.7||$2,417.11||450||7|
|Big breakfast with hotcakes||$5.49||245.9||6.4||$2,968.67||1350||35|
|Oreo Mcflurry w/ candies||$2.69||234.2||4.8||$3,116.98||630||13|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel||$4.55||120.9||5.7||$6,039.09||550||26|
|Bacon, Egg & Cheese biscuit||$3.89||115.7||4.6||$6,310.44||450||18|
|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|
|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|
|Iced Caramel Macchiato||$2.79||75.3||2.2||$9,698.57||210||6|
|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||$10,921.92||260||18|
See how we apply engineering to life.
With only 4 Weekly Updates left for the year my personal goal is for every article to be outstanding. Let me know how I’m doing, I’m always looking to improve.
Data was collected from various stores, sizes, and brands of different Carbohydrates and Fat.
Despite being bombarded with marketing, we know processed food and fast foods are expensive.
Empty carbs and Jugs of Oil? Those perform well for this metric.
Take note of how quickly the effectiveness drops off(nonlinear). This is a big deal, especially as something worth 2000 calories per dollar costs 4x as much as your best values.
If you can beat the highest item at 8944 Calories Per Dollar, shoot me a message. The highest value by Christmas will get a copy of Efficiency Is Everything In Life. Send me an email with a photo of the price, Calories, and Servings.
If you currently are eating Pasta or Rice, you are likely averaging about 2000 Calories Per Dollar on those carbs.
A 100% switch to flour(baked goods) would save you about 60 dollars a year. Not exactly worth a gigantic lifestyle change.
Consider it financially healthy to make cookies, fresh bread, and other baked goods*.
*Chocolate chips are expensive, Peanut butter is cheap
Getting all 2000 calories from Oils or Flour is a disaster waiting to happen.
Lets be reasonable, a ~500 calorie goal. 25% of an average diet.
For 500 Caloires:
Previous Average 700 Calories Per Dollar = 260$ 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
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 $14,000 dollars in savings over their lifetime.
I looked through the data and found I should be buying my Rice from Costco or Aldi. The difference over Walmart hits close to home as it comes out to a very real 180$/year extra expense.
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.
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.
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.
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Allocated a lot of resources to study Grocery Stores. Engineering Intern Matt had strong opinions on high end wine. After we collected the data, he found interesting conclusions.
Here is Matt-
One of the biggest problems faced when attending a party is what food or drink you’ll bring to share with the guests. A bottle of wine is always a good bet when going to a dinner party, but what type do you bring???
I love expensive wine, I really do. Hints of walnut with cast-iron undertones, its great. That’s not what your group of friends need. This is about a fun get together. In those situations the best bet is to go with a cheap wine that tastes good. Cheap wine like Oak Leaf is designed with one purpose, to taste commercially delicious. Oak Leaf finds no joy in having a “sophisticated” taste. We’re talking the “Family Guy” of wine. It tastes good to most people so it costs $7.
Bringing box wine to a party garners two reactions; Excitement or judgment. For those who wish to judge you on your box wine selection please point out the following:
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Typically we have used Calories Per Dollar, but there is nothing wrong with using other metrics. Rather than see which way a broccoli company rounded on protein nutrition, we will compare mass/$.
Bulk sizes and store-brand were chosen when available.
We look at
Cost – Mass Per Dollar
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.
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.
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.
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.
Really Kroger? Really?
Your decision if this matters to you. It doesnt seem like any grocery store pays well.
From our list we found Costco, Aldi, and Sams Club did not have many of the items we were looking for.
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.
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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With the holidays’s coming up, you can save money on throwing your own party understanding the cost breakdown of throwing parties. Article idea courtesy of Brooke.
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All food recommendations ahead are mostly out of time necessity. If you have time, you can likely save money by making homecooked hipster foods. Your friends will like it better too.
Throwing a party should focus on the people, not the features. However, without food and drinks, parties teeter out, making providing these a necessity.
The following two are full studies that I found fascinating to run.
Regarding Cleanup- Paper Towels and Napkins Per Dollar
All Raw Data For This Article- Click Here
This is one of those ‘Quantity over Quality”. Although, if your goal is to quench your thirst, Quantity is your Quality.
Old Article, Ethanol Per Dollar. The list below is different, more party-centric.
This has a bit of variety and can give you a scale to understand how much alcohol comparatively costs to one another.
Starting with food, Appetizers are a warmup as a party gets started. It also saves the evening of someone who forgot to eat.
Note that home cooked foods dominate the top of the list. Filler carbs performed well too.
Eggs were on sale causing the Protein Per Dollar to skyrocket. As an aside, eggs are a fantastic value, especially as grocery stores like Aldi and Walmart fight for the lowest cost carton of eggs. Keep an eye out of sales on commodities(milk, bread, meat, etc…), they are actually deals. Sales on Name Brand products are advertisements, not efficient.
Frozen foods like bagel bites performed poorly. As a recommendation, if you are going to spend that much money, get a veggie tray.
I was originally going to compare catered food, but after 6 restaurants, I found the prices were high and the quality wasnt comparable. The cheapest I found was Pizza, and as you spend closer to 10-15 dollars a person, you will get banquet level food.
Need dinner amounts of food? I’m a big fan of cooking. The most difficult aspect here is cooking massive amounts of food at a single time. Pasta with sauce, slow cooker pulled pork, meatballs, etc.. are all cost friendly options.
Look for deals this winter on meats. Last year I found Turkey for almost 1.00$/lb. In the past, I’ve found Ham on sale as well.
For a house party, we like to visit Wikipedia This Day In History, and throw a party about the event. Telling everyone to wear a single color, make funny related games, and naming appetizers is a cheap way to add some Culture to the party.
DIY custom banners are significantly cheaper than a professional custom banner. Your call if a generic Happy Birthday Banner is worth the price. Consider the event before impulsively buying dollar store decorations. Your party should have life without tacky generic decoration.
If you must, garage sales, thrift shops, and dollar stores can fill up your home with decoration.
While I’m not a fan of board games, having friends bring board games can be a free way to keep people entertained. However, I’m repulsed by board games, I’d much rather wander around talking to party-goers.
Background music is a free MUST. It sets the mood of the party, use it for Good.
I’m a big fan of twister.
Lots of information this week, but here are my takeaways:
Don’t forget Ice, Utensils, Mini Umbrellas, Ice, Lemons, Limes, and Ice. Don’t forget ice.
Disclaimer: This is a study, may the data be used for Good.
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Fun Fact, The Definition of Efficiency (Wikipedia):
Efficiency is often measured as the ratio of useful output to total input, which can be expressed with the mathematical formula r=P/C, where P is the amount of useful output (“product”) produced per the amount C (“cost”) of resources consumed.
The data gathered for this study was from peers, it varies by region, person, etc… however the data came out to be significantly more consistent than expected. Hours High Per Dollar seems to come out on an exponential scale rather than linear. This made it forgiving for price differences.
Drug should be pretty straight forward, Situation is how its consumed. IE: 5 Cups of coffee, 1 (one time use), Average Smoker(daily). Duration was close to the average, and rounding up/down taking into consideration half-life and order of reaction.
Remember all of this is user data, if you would like to contribute data, leave a comment and I’ll get it updated.
Warning Caffeine kicks butt. I’m not impartial, I drink 5 Cups of Caffeine a day.
Appetite suppressant, nootropic, and highest High Per Dollar. Caffeine is the best drug, relatively safe, and wildly accessible.
The accessibility of caffeine means many forms of getting the drug. While I used drip coffee, even an expensive trip to a Fast Coffee Shop is lower cost than many alternatives.
Now, Caffeine might not make you forget your existence and decide to live the rest of your life as an Orange- but it can be powerful.
Even with a high tolerance, 5 cups of coffee during work hours will have me focused, excited, and jittery. Plus, who knows, maybe questioning your own existance on psychoactive drugs could be a bad idea. Then again, it is possible to die from caffeine, so- use this data for Good.
A few things to point out:
If there is any interest in deeper studies like a more comprehensive Nicotine or Prescription drug study, comment. My drug use is limited to daily caffeine, alcohol, weed, and occasionally Kava Tea.
I’m unsure what problems this study can solve.
Could the math behind this encourage better government policy toward drugs?
Could this be used by addicts to attempt to replace an expensive drug with a safer and lower cost alternative?
Thinking of turning this into a newsletter since getting user contributions. Let me know what you think of this format.
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Matt commented on 10-6-17 that he wanted to see this augmented nutrition per dollar with mass.
Instead of dozens of pictures, if you are curious how to get the most vitamin A per Calorie, use the excel file and sort.
The units were a bit daunting, ie: (micrograms of Folate Per gram of food)
We removed the dimensions-
Rank= Nutrient Per Gram / Best(max) Nutrient Per Gram
This is probably most useful for hikers who are trying to limit the weight of food.
This was my real fascination, what are the most nutrient dense foods per calorie?
This is what many people would consider ‘The Healthiest Foods’.
Fresh Green Veggies top the list of highest Nutrients Per Calorie.
Peanuts and Almonds are relatively light weight and are packed with Nutrients.
Fortified foods like Cereal and Flour scored high in Nutrient Per Gram, but low in Nutrient Per Calorie.
Anything shown on the list is in the top 30% of foods studied, if your goal is to maximize, consume more foods on the list.
Edit: Fourms aren’t working as intended. I would appreciate if you mentioned breakfast foods you would like studied in the comments. I will study them for next weeks article.
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If you aren’t already watching Youtube for your entertainment, spend a few weeks watching and subscribing to videos you enjoy. Soon Youtube will learn from you and give you life changing content.
My parents are still spending thousands of dollars a year on Cable TV, full of commercials, and no ability to watch videos faster. Dropping cable TV in favor of internet entertainment will save you money.
Even with Youtube, We still find reasons to spend money for entertainment. Netflix, Big 10 Network, Game of Thrones.
Looking to optimize and find the lowest cost solutions for Entertainment and Sports.
We hooked up a laptop via HDMI cable to our Flat Screen TV. That + a USB Mouse/Keyboard gives us the freedom only a computer can provide.
Youtube is my go-to for entertainment with Netflix HD(Split with Family) slightly trailing behind in daily usage. Hulu is a low cost way to watch Game Of Thrones.
I was pretty excited about Sling TV(7 Day Free Promo) but they don’t have Big 10 Network, which is my biggest reason to get a sports package. If you aren’t watching Big 10 games, I recommend that for a sports fan.
I watch Michigan Football. At 39 hours per year, its a time efficient sport. Long Time Fan + Married into a Dr. from University of Michigan. However, it looks like that is going to cost me 35$/month to get fully legal Michigan Football through Youtube TV or Fubotv.
We have been Cable TV Free since 2012. Commercials seem extremely weird to me. Why is a hippie randomly meditating in front of a couple and why is he offering a credit check? Bizarre.
If you havent cut cable yet, I challenge you to. If you already have made the jump, optimize your entertainment so you get exactly what you need.
Friendly reminder- You should probably call your cable internet company and threaten to leave for a lower rate.
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?
|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||$6,472||2424||88|
As we’ve known from our original Calorie Per Dollar List The Little Caesar’s 5 Dollar Pizza is your highest Calorie Per Dollar and Protein Per Dollar on the list. It should be noted, this food is 2 times more cost effective than any other pizza place. That’s impressive. However, this still costs about 2x more than we spend on food.
I personally cannot handle Little Caesar’s anymore, I had it on Tuesday Nights too many times during my childhood. Apparently my sister having dance class was an excuse to buy those calories 😛
I was shocked to see Jet’s Large Cheese so high on the list, while we don’t eat much pizza, Jets actually tastes okay (IMO) and scored really well.
Honorable mention to Hungry Howies which averages around third place.
The difference in prices get drastic quickly too. Papa Johns and Domino’s costs almost 50% more. At that point I would go to a local favorite, Buddy’s Pizza for nearly the same price point.
If you wanted your restaurant made Efficient, you need to comment and we can study it!
Check out Nutrition Per Dollar, a gigantic study that will teach you quickly how to avoid the expensive foods and continue eating what you like.
This math will change your life.
There are two types of data presented. Nutrition Per Dollar and Nutrition Ratio Total(Sum).
A straight addition of nutrients would yield an unimportant number due to a wildly high amount of Vitamin A in carrots.
The solution was to remove the dimensions of each to find a Nutrient Ratio:
(Ingredient’s Nutrient mg/dollar) / Max Nutrient mg/dollar
This creates a scale from 0 to 1, where 1 is the best value for that Nutrient/$. 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.
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 $1.69 Red Pepper with Carrots. Just as sweet.
Flour + Cereal- Apparently low fiber and enriched with vitamins help you score pretty well. Monster took a note from them. We sometimes use flour to thicken our soups/stews, but that’s about it.
Here is the Excel Data:
A half decade of studying this topic and having to cook for my ‘used to be picky’ wife, here is my ultimate guide to eating the most nutritious, healthy, low cost food ever. We aim to eat around 700 Calories Per Dollar and my ‘used to be picky’ wife now prefers our menu over restaurants.
Protein– Beans, Lentils, Chicken, Eggs, Milk, and potentially discounted meats(turkey,pork/ground beef).
Veggies– Leafy greens, Carrots, and in-season veggies
Carbs– Pick Bread, Rice, Noodles- Don’t buy premade boxed rice/noodles.
Spices– Reward yourself. By eating at home you can borderline go wild on spices, sauces, etc… I’ll stay within ~1$ on things like, cream of chicken, a variety of spices, dressing, BBQ sauces, etc…
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.
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).
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.
Chicken Rice Peas
There will be a recipe for it. And since all food tastes good, it probably will too.
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.
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.