Whenever you buy a packaged food, remember that you are paying for the packaging you throw away. In general, the less packaging a food has, the better the bargain. But keep in mind: it’s only a bargain if you’re going to use all of that food before it expires. If not, then the money you save is thrown away with the spoiled food. For foods that last a long time, like pretzels or crackers, it makes sense to buy larger packages and portion them out yourself instead of buying individually wrapped portions. When it comes to beverages, filling and re-using your own washable water bottle will save you money. Buying foods with less packaging is better for your wallet and for the environment!