5 precut foods and how much more they cost you

  • ​Onions

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    Of all the precut products, none had a bigger markup than onions at 392 percent $4.65 a pound vs. 99 cents). While some might find even that huge markup worth it to avoid getting all teary-eyed, ShopSmart found that the quality of those pricey precut onions simply didn't match those cut fresh at home.

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