How A Calculator Can Save You A Bundle
We have all be to our local grocery store and stood there looking at the Double, Triple, and Mega Rolsl wondering which one of the packages on the shelves is the best price. This is how a calculator can save you a bundle!
Manufactures are tricky. They want you to spend more of your hard earned money. Just take out your calculator and you won’t have to! That’s why it’s very important to calculate your unit price.
To calculate unit price, you divide the unit (weight, length, volume) by the price. For example. If a bag of pet food cost $11.88 for a 13 pound bag, $7.78 for a 6.3 pound bag, or $4.24 for a 3.15 pound bag. Which is the better buy? Here’s where your calculator comes in. I also have a pen and paper so I can jot, but I have mom brain and no memory, but that’s just me. Especially when I’m comparing more than 2 items. Here’s what you do:
1. Hit the clear button on your calculator.
2. Enter the price into your calculator. In this case, $11.88.
3. Hit the divided by sign.
4. Enter the unit. In this case, it’s 13 because it’s a 13 pound bag of food.
5. Hit the = button
6. Congratulations, you have just figured unit cost. The 13 pound bag cost $.91 per pound.
Repeat process for other 2 sizes.
The 6.3 pound bag cost $1.23 per pound and the 3.15 pound bag cost $1.35 per pound. As you can see, the smallest bag is $.44 per pound more than the larger, therefore the better bargain.
However, bigger doesn’t always mean you are going to get the better price. This is especially true with bath tissue. You could be pay several dollars more for the triple rolls when in fact the double rolls are the better bargain.
Example A mega roll that that’s $16.98 that has 646 sqft.total. The double roll is $9.97 for 431 sqft total. The mega is $.03 per sqft. The double roll is $.02 per sqft! See. The double one is less expensive… sometimes they are the same price. That’s why it’s important to check the unit price.
Of course, if it’s a non-perishable item, you will want to buy the one with the best unit price. If it’s perishable, you don’t want to pay for a larger amount and then throw it out. That’s not saving you any money!
So there you have it. I never go to the store without my calculator, which is also my phone. It saves us a bundle!