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One of my favorite Armageddon foods is pasta. Spaghetti and macaroni and cheese are the absolutely cheapest ways to store pasta, but I love the Pasta-Roni mixes so much that they're worth the extra money. Spaghetti routinely sells for 50 cents a pound; Pasta-Roni's best price is 79 cents for a four-ounce package. But the scrumptious factor makes Pasta-Roni worth the extra money. Those powdered cheese packets will last forever, and they're worth it. But one thing I absolutely hate about Pasta-Roni is the way it's packaged: The box is mostly air! Nothing but empty space! I suppose the manufacturers will say it's due to "settling during shipping" but I think it has more to do with fighting for shelf space shoulder-to-shoulder with competitors, as well as trying to trick the consumer into believing you're buying a big bunch of pasta when you're really buying a little handful of it.  At any rate, I refuse to make room in my limited storage space for mostly empty boxes of pasta. So, I open them and consolidate them.

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This picture illustrates what you're getting for your money: A fist full of pasta, a cheese packet, and a box that's mostly empty.

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This pile represents what's inside five boxes of Pasta-Roni, which all  fit into a single box, meaning the boxes are originally only 20 percent full, and 80 percent empty. The boxes, which normally hold only four ounces of pasta, will hold a pound and a half of  noodles and five cheese packets easily.

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The box on the left is stuffed full, allowing me to throw away the four empty boxes on the right, thereby saving my limited and valuable storage space. Wouldn't it be great if American manufacturers didn't waste so many resources?


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