Is this really a good deal?
When I was a kid, my mom taught me a very valuable health and economics lesson at the grocery store. I would always look at the great value offered by family size cereal boxes, meat packages, and juice containers, and I would point them out to my mom. She would walk down the aisle, pick out the smaller (worse bang for your buck) cereal box and continue shopping. Being the opinionated loving daughter that I still am, I would of course have to point out that she was not making very good use of her money. She explained to me that the value package would be worth her money if we had a big family, but that our small family of four would not, and should not, eat that much cereal(or milk or meat…) in a week before it would go bad. It might be a better deal for all of that food, but it is not a better deal to spend $5 instead of $3 if we are going to throw half of the big package away.
The other food lesson my mom taught me was to NOT eat everything on my plate if I was full. I know… it is crazy. It is wasteful to throw food away, but it is also wasteful to eat more food than my body needs. Ideally, of course, that large quantity of food would not make its way onto my plate in the first place, so that somebody else could eat it, but that is just not always the case. As an adult, I make my own food decisions. That includes how much I will buy at the grocery store and how much I will eat off of my plate, but it also includes where I will chose to eat when I go out.
As a Team Lead at Amanda’s I am very conscious of this value vs. portion size dilemma in our society today. Some customers complain that our burgers are too small, or that they could buy a half pound burger somewhere else for a better value. Do we really want to eat that much burger in one meal? Do you end up throwing it away in the end anyway? One of Amanda’s neighbors, Saul’s deli, recently struggled with their decision to make pastrami sandwiches with better ingredients, but smaller. Does it really make sense to pay more for excess?