Ah, the day after Valentine’s Day…. if you are hitting the stores today prepare for some food exposure via bins and end-caps full of cheap candy leftover from the holiday. As great as that deal looks, it’remember that just because it’s a good price, it doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. Often the candy from holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, or Halloween is inferior to the type of candy we might pick on any other day of the year.
It’s helpful to consider quality when purchasing food, not what’s the best deal for your money. Whether it’s finishing all the food on your plate at the restaurant because “you paid for it and you are going to get your money’s worth,” eating your kids leftovers off their plate because you feel guilty about wasting food, or buying the “family size” bag of chips because it’s the better price/pound, many of these decisions may cost us money in the long run.
Deciding what to eat should be less about external controls like the price of the food and more about preference, how the food makes you feel, and hunger or satiety signals.
Do you ever find yourself eating/choosing food based solely on monetary considerations?