When it comes to pizza, knowing the basics of math is critical to a happy life!

We sometimes make irrational decisions when we’re hungry… 

I was in Costco, a store well known for saving money. In theory, saving money is the main reason people shop there. They also have a food court in the store where they sell pizza, which actually tastes pretty decent.

Here’s the premise of my story:

A whole 18″ pizza at Costco is $9.95 (not a bad price for what you get).

A slice costs $1.99.

A woman in line in front of me had four kids and an adult male with her. They all wanted pizza. Mom tells the cashier she wants six slices, one for each of the kids and one for her and the man.

Math tells us that adds up to $11.94, plus tax.

If you’re following, you’ll see that is more expensive than a whole pizza price. The cashier told her it’s a better deal to get a whole pizza. The mom said “we don’t want a whole pizza, they each just want a slice”, even though six slices IS a whole pizza based on how they cut their slices.

At Costco, this was only a $2 math error, but I witnessed the same thing once at an amusement park where it was much costlier.

A whole pizza there was $35.00 (a MAJOR ripoff). Slices were $7.50 each (a bigger ripoff). A women with a bunch of kids in tow each wanted a slice. She ended up buying something like 8 slices with the total being around $60.

The cashier in this situation also suggested buying a whole pizza to save money. It was actually a MUCH better deal because the slices were tiny and the whole pizza contained a lot more pizza . The lady said “we don’t need that much”.

As she walked off, she was complaining about how expensive the slices were.

I couldn’t believe what I overheard, but so goes life.

The moral of my story today is to use logic when ordering pizza.

Math was always my least favorite subject in school. I always said “when am I ever going to use this stuff in life”. If my teachers would have told me the importance of pizza math, I probably would have paid more attention.

Math is only part of what I’m talking about here. Paying attention is the other part. Your wallet should be just as happy as your belly.

As a purveyor of the pizza lifestyle, I want you to get the most for your money.

Eat Pizza, Be Happy.

Marty Augustine


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