Vending Machines Offer Convenience but at a High Price
If you want to be more like the savvy consumers you know, you should try your best to avoid vending machines. Certainly, vending machines are a godsend on some occasions. If you have a cranky toddler and he can be calmed down by cheese crackers shaped like goldfish, vending machines can begin to feel like your best friend. However, vending machines charge a high price for their convenience. Savvy consumers rarely use vending machines due to the high cost of the items they contain.
An Ugly Temptation
There are many times we are tempted by vending machines. There are usually vending machines in the break room at work. If you forget to pack lunch or a snack, you can easily get one at work. The problem is that a can of soda that you can normally buy for less than 50 cents at your grocery store might cost double in a vending machine. A small bag of cookies can cost 75 cents or more.
If you plan ahead, you can easily avoid buying from a vending machine. Even if you buy the convenience packs of cookies and crackers at the supermarket, you will still save money compared to the vending machine prices. If you want to save even more money, buy larger bags of your favorite snacks and pack individuals servings in either snack sized plastic bags or sandwich size plastic bags. Sure it will take you a few minutes on Sunday to pack enough snacks for the week, but you will save a lot of money if you do this.
Identify Your Weakness
Try to identify your weak areas when it comes to vending machines. When do you most often purchase drinks and snacks from vending machines? If you use the vending machine at work frequently, then you should keep extra snacks at your desk. If you often stop at a vending machine when you are out running errands with your kids, remember to pack snacks in your purse. Involve you kids in the process. Have them select their favorite snacks and help put the snacks in bags. If they get to take ownership of the process and feel involved, they will be content with eating their snack rather than pestering you to stop at vending machines all the time.