Here’s another example of some quick math saving a little money.
I was at Sam’s getting some tasty beverages for the weekend. I got to the Coca Cola section and was about to grab a tray of cokes. There was a “4/8 pack” and a “24” pack selection.
I have no idea why Sam’s has one set of coca colas listed as a “4/8” pack. 8*4=32. So really it’s a 32 pack or a 24 pack. They’re the same 12oz cans, just in different packaging and different quantities.
Sams Coca Colas A
The 32 pack was for $9.84. That works out to about .31 cents each.
Sams Coca Colas B
The 24 pack was for $5.98. That works out to about .25 cents each! A .06 cent difference per can!
Even though you get fewer 12oz colas in the 24 pack, you get a lot more for your money if you buy the 24 pack. Especially in multiples. If you needed 96 coca colas for a big birthday party, 3 of the 32 packs would cost you $29.52. While 4 of the 24 packs would cost $23.92. That would be a $5.60 difference for the same number of colas in different packaging.
It’s pretty easy sometimes to figure out what’s a better deal on some items. A simple price check often saves me a lot of money.
Take for example razors. It was time to get another set, so I went to the local Target to grab a few.
Now I have both Gillette and Schick razor handles, so the brand of razor doesn’t restrict me. It was just a matter of finding out which blade refills were going to be more affordable. First up, on the endcap of the isle, I found this…
Price Check - Razors 01
For $8.99, I get 6 razor blades (counting the one on the razor blade handle), 4 AAA batteries, and a set of “portable speakers”. That works out to $1.50 a razor blade. ($8.99/6) Not bad! Plus it’s the multi-blade system I like. Plus I get free batteries!
But maybe this wasn’t the best deal. I took a walk down the “regular” isle of razor blades and was almost floored…
Price Check - Razors 02
$15.09 for 4 razor blades?!? That’s $3.77 each! Even with a mini mini bottle of shaving cream/shampoo stuff, that’s still way too high. Maybe in a different quantity?
Price Check - Razors 03
Nope. $24.99 for 8 razor blades works out to $3.12 each. $35.99 for 12 razor blades works out to $2.99 each. Still too high. And I don’t get anything “extra” either.
The gift set won, hands down.
This gift set was the only one left at this Target store, but I’m going to be on the lookout for more of these sets in the next few days and stock up.
Goofy as it sounds, a little math does go a long way.