You know cooking at home is cheaper, but eating out is all about the experience. Still, these crazy markups will change how you think about your next food order.
That salty, savory, leave-you-wanting-more edamame likely started out as a big bag of frozen beans that cost the restaurant just $1.95 a pound, according to Forbes. A bit of soy sauce and salt barely cost the restaurant a dime, meaning your $6, four-ounce serving costs about 12.5 times more than the dish’s actual price.
Yes, you know guac is extra—but did you realize just how much more? Making guacamole from scratch costs about 20 cents an ounce. With a single four-ounce scoop of guacamole setting you back $2 at burrito joints, though, you’re getting served a 250 percent markup—and don’t even get us started on those $11 table-side guac bowls. Don’t miss these other 13 secrets that will stop you from wasting money.
Nothing says “brunch” quite like a big stack of pancakes, but you might want to save these for a lazy Sunday at home. Whether you make ‘em from scratch or from Bisquick, a serving of pancakes (which, as a reminder, are really just a combo of cheap-as-chips ingredients: flour, baking soda, eggs, and milk) is only about 23 cents. In a restaurant, you’ll pay closer to $6 per plate. You could add all the chocolate chips, whipped cream, and strawberries you want and still get a better deal in your jammies.