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August 28, 2006


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I've seen this on almost anything you care to purchase. I've been very careful lately about comparing the "per use" when I go shopping.

FMF, that is thoughtful. Here is a link to a similar thought I had during the last thanksgiving :

Cost "Per Use" = True Cost

This is the kind of info you SHOULD be able to get from the unit costs on the shelf tags below the product, BUT:

1) You might have to hunt for the tags a little (the items sometimes are stocked well away from the tags)
2) The units might not be the same! (Sometimes this happens when comparing brand names with generics.)

Only way to be sure is to calculate it each time.

A very good tip that I'll use in the future, but I have to know - what kind of "flavors" of Suave do you buy? And which tastes better?


I'll back you up on that. I was buying cereal on Friday. I always check the cost/unit, but I started with the huge "Bargain Bag" size. Imagine my surprise when I found that the smaller, 16oz size was nearly 20% cheaper per oz! Needless to say, I bought the smaller sizes. It was the same for all the cereal of that brand (Malt O' Meal) but the difference varied by cereal type. The store was Winco Foods, a great warehouse type supermarket.

David --

I like green apple and strawberry. Wouldn't you call those flavors? ;-)

The same goes for the price paid for things like clothes--cheapest isn't always best. It's better to buy quality products and wear them many more times. The cost per wear (initial cost divided by the number of times worn) gives the true cost of a garment, purse, coat or pair of shoes.

Also, many times you get a better deal if you are couponing on a smaller item than a bigger item. Love the website!

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