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You're Paying Too Much

I just came across this article on the biggest retail rip-offs on the CBS news site. The list: movie popcorn, wine in restaurants, prescription drugs, coffee and pre-cut fruits and veggies.

I always figured that many of these items were overpriced (movie popcorn in particular), but the estimated markups were really astounding. Twenty-five to 30 percent more for someone else to chop up your broccoli? I readily admit that I am lazy -- and a total sucker for that prewashed organic salad-in-a-box-- but honestly prepping your veggies yourself seems like an easy way to shave some cents off your grocery bill.

Now, wine with dinner ... That is a whole other level of sacrifice! (It's usually at least cheaper than those pomegranate martinis, right?)

By Ylan Mui  |  March 30, 2009; 4:15 PM ET
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Good Morning,

Thanks so much for this blog! Why not encourage participants to offer their money-saving tips. After all you can't do it all.

Posted by: Sibboah | March 31, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

@Sibboah: We want to do exactly that! Please share any ideas or tips you all have here in the comments section or just e-mail me at muiy[at]

Posted by: ylanmui | March 31, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I have a fairly good health plan provided by my employer (I pay about 30% of the premium). I just signed on to the CVS prescription plan for $10 a year which entitles me to $9.99 90-day generic prescriptions. This is similar to Wal-Mart's plan, and maybe others. My 90-day prescription copay through my insurance is $30! You can see how this would add up over a year's time, especially if you have more than 1 prescription. You can sign up in a store or online, and then manage your prescriptions online.

Posted by: Jem248 | April 2, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I find the fact that pre-cut vegetables and fruits lose a significant amount of vitamins a real motivator in buying whole items. You're not just paying more--you're paying more for less. And yes, I'm incredibly lazy. I just can't stand the thought of all that nutrition wafting off into thin air on the shelf.

Posted by: quacker | April 2, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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