In my effort to bring home less packaging, I stopped buying microwave popcorn awhile back. And besides also saving me money, cooking popcorn on the stove-top vs. microwaving seems to have a health benefit. Just ask Oprah...switching is a good move if you're concerned about inhaling the nearly four dozen chemicals that waft up from each freshly popped bag of microwave popcorn.
What I didn't know is how little oil is actually needed to make stove-top popcorn: only 1 teaspoon per 1/3 cup of popcorn!! I thank Southern Living magazine for this recipe that is even cheaper and has fewer calories than what I'd been doing. Their recipe's just as easy as listening for the bag in the microwave: Norman's Stove-Top Popcorn. (If in the mood for kettle corn, just add a tablespoon or two of sugar when you add the unpopped kernels.)
Hate to think of all the money I've wasted on microwave popcorn through the years!