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Scientific Training for Everyday Living

by May B. Ardsdale 1915

The woman who goes out to market in the morning to expend her day's money allowance finds herself confronted with a wealth of material and, so far as the matter of food is concerned, with the very difficult problem of weighing relative values. She finds, for instance, on a certain morning that asparagus is selling for as variable prices as fifteen cents, twenty-eight and thirty-five cents a bunch. She has planned to have asparagus salad on this day and wonders whether she will be justified in buying the fresh vegetable or whether it will be cheaper for her to purchase canned asparagus tips. She buys a bunch of fresh asparagus at twenty-eight cents because it seems a medium price compared with fifteen cents and thirty-five cents, and then she wonders whether she has been extravagant or economical. If every kitchen were also a laboratory she would have means to discover that the edible portion usable for salad from a fifteen cent bunch of asparagus cost about thirty-five cents a pound on that particular day, while the edible portion from the twenty-eight cent bunch cost as much as forty-five cents and that from the thirty-five cent bunch about forty cents per pound. It happens then in this particular instance that in purchasing the twenty-eight cent bunch of asparagus she bought the most expensive of the fresh bunches, when canned asparagus tips for her salad making could have been purchased for about twenty cents a pound.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 16 Number 1, 1915, p. 45-50
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6199, Date Accessed: 7/18/2018 1:14:30 AM

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