Anyway, this post is about cheaply popping popcorn. Remember back in the day before the invention of the microwave popcorn bags, when there were air poppers and jiffy pop and I seem to remember some scary metal contraption my mom had that looked like a pressure cooker...who knows!?!?
Microwave popcorn is certainly easy, but not so cheap. Here's a neat and cheap trick I learned from my brother in law, Dave.
Buy the good old bag of kernels. You get a lot and they're very inexpensive! Get a paper lunchbag, put 1/4 cup of kernels in, fold the top of the bag and put in the microwave. You may have to experiment to find the correct time for your microwave. Ours takes 1 minute, 15 seconds. Voila! Perfectly popped popcorn!
You can add whatever seasoning you like- I spray with I can't believe it's not butter. And I have found you can use your paper lunch bags more than once. When you're done with the bag, you can recycle it with your paper (unlike microwave popcorn bags). Cheap and green!