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the whole problem with the idea of "bulk food" is that it makes the assumption that a person is going to eat the same fixed amount of food regardless of proportion presented to them, and this just isn't the case.

if you give me a small bag of chips, chances are i can finish the bag of chips and feel satisified and not want more.

give me a big bag of chips, chances i'll end up eating *many* more chips than what would be in a small bag before i would feel satisified and not want more.

have chips not available, and chances are i won't feel the urge or need to have chips at all - at least not strong enough to go out and buy some.

have chips available, and chances are i'll *create* the need or want for that chip consumption.

what this means is that i should probably do more of my shopping at s'leven instead of slaveway, mormonsons, or market of choice, but that's really not that practical.

but it does make me think that i should reconceptualize how i buy grocerices yet again.

i have this vague urge to cook ground beef with onion, basil, crushed red pepper, pinto beans, green peppers, jabaneros, pepper jack cheese, and a pinch of garlic powder with chips and a black butte porter. i doubt that i'll actually do that tomorrow, but we'll see.

i need to go to sunrise and get some more rice. and that's a good excuse to get mochi. mmm...

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clanmira
Dec. 23rd, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
dude...you are way to deep for me...LOL

Am I seeing you this weekend?...Are you visiting my neighbors?
lifeofmendel
Dec. 23rd, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
you will indeed see me this weekend.

you going to play poker at my house next week?
kkatmaxx
Dec. 23rd, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
mmm.... mochi.....

I'm totally the same way. I go to a supermarket needing two things and walk out with 4.

when I took marketing, I was told that there's two reasons to advertise:
1. get your product name out for a product that is needed.
2. convince people that your product is needed.

It's why you see all these medication ads on TV for fake "diseases" that didn't exist 2 years ago. (You'll notice they can cause more problems than they fix.) Or convincing a would-be craftsman that they "need" a laser-level in order to do anything right.

and as you have pointed out with your bag-o-chips example, this marketing ploy works on you and me both. we really do need the bigger bag of chips to be happy. ;)

It takes a lot of discipline to 1. write a list and 2. stick to it. Especially when you walk into the store hungry.
haddassah
Dec. 23rd, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)
Hey, could you do me a favor? When you go to Sunrise, could you pick me up a couple of bags of Hawaiian Salt? I cannot find it here and I have been wanting some. Just bring it up the next time you come to Portland and I will pay you back.
Thank you sooooooo much.

Tabby
lifeofmendel
Dec. 23rd, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
no problems.
mich1l
Dec. 23rd, 2004 12:43 pm (UTC)
Holy crap that ground beef sounds good.
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beneathmyribs
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
Never had mochi, but I guess I'm missing out because everyone seems to want it now.

You can also buy in the bulk products (cost effective) and break them into smaller portions. Course, this doesn't work for everything. Also, if it's a food you can't self regulate, probably best not to bring it in the house in the first place.
sleeplessone
Dec. 24th, 2004 12:04 am (UTC)
This is why you go to CostCo where you can get a large box of small bags of chips ;)
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