Friday, October 23, 2009

Frugal Friday: How do you know when Toilet Paper is a Good Deal?

Buying toilet paper at a good price can be confusing. There are so many different types and sizes. There are single rolls, double rolls, large rolls, extra large rolls and 1 1/2 rolls. How do you know if you are getting the best price? My friend Melanie gave me a great way to tell if you are really getting a good deal on TP. Calculate the cost per square foot. A good price is $.01 per square foot. Here is an example:

Last week Quilted Northern 12 double roll packs were on sale at Hy-Vee for $5.99 and there was a $1 coupon available making it $4.99. To find out if this is a good deal, first look for the square feet on the package. This particular Northern package is 266.6 sq. ft. Now you need to do some math. Divide the price by the square footage and then you will know the cost per square foot.

4.99 divided by 266.6 = $.0187171
So the price is a little less than $.02 per square foot. This toilet paper is above the $.01/sq ft. target price. If you are completely out or almost out of tp this is not a bad deal. However, if you are well stocked then I would pass on this deal. I hope this helps you make sense of TP prices!

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  1. That's a great tip! Thanks for sharing.

    Visiting from Life as a Mom's Frugal Fridays!


  2. You know. I've wondered about an easier way to figure out the price of TP. This is a great tip. Thanks!

  3. thank yoiu so much for this quick & easy math equation :D now I know the white cloud i bought was a GREAT bargain, but the Charmin at Sam's... not so much


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