Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bigger not always Better

It's funny how what people consider to be "common  knowledge" isn't always correct. Big box stores like Sams Club and Walmart seemed to have programmed people into believing that buying the bigger size is always a better deal.

Time after time, I have found that the bigger sizes of household products tend to be no better deal than the smaller size. It seems that with the bigger sizes, people are simply getting more at a time, but not necessarily at a lower price. 

On some occasions, especially if the smaller size is on sale, the bigger size actually costs MORE! Take a look at the example below. This was taken at Food Lion on June 11, 2012:

The price on the 20 count Cascade is $3.99. The price on the 60 count Cascade is $14.19. If I bought three of the 20 count Cascade, cost would have been $11.97. That is certainly less than $14.19!

To make matters better (or worse), I had three P&G coupons for $1.00 off one Cascade, making them actually $2.99 each. In that case, three would cost me only $8.97. That is $5.22 less for the same amount of Cascade tablets!

Finally, I went to the Food Lion coupon center and got a $.50 off store coupon for Cascade. Applying that would make the total for 3 of the 20 counts only $8.47.

So, as you can see, it pays to pay attention and not assume that the bigger size is a better deal!

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