NFL Thursday Night Football
Weather Now:
Interactive » Blogs
Your Story

Mon, December 23, 2013

Outrageous Markups


Learn smart ways to avoid the hidden costs of convenience.

4000% Bottled water
A $2 bottle of water costs only about 5 cents to produce.

1275% Movie theater popcorn
Theaters know that viewers will pay more for movie snacks, so they hike up the prices: A bag of popcorn that costs 37 cents to make can easily sell for $5.

300% Wine at a restaurant
Restaurants routinely charge as much as $30 for bottles of wine that retail online for $7 or $8. Check in advance whether the restaurant allows BYOB, or opt for a nonalcoholic beverage.

40% Precut produce
Precut fruits and vegetables may save you time, but they definitely won't save you money: Grocery stores charge almost 1.5 times more for precut than for uncut produce. (

Houston over Indy Kansas City over Chicago Cincinnati over Seattle Atlanta over Washington Tampa Bay over Jacksonville Philadelphia over New…
posted by Justin Hull 7 hours ago
One of the stories I'll discuss on the Thursday PhilCast is about an 800-pound man who was kicked out of…
posted by Philcast 11 hours ago
Remember when TV theme songs were a big deal? I do. Interesting story I saw today from Billboard, the people…
posted by Philcast 1 day ago