Subscribe to Spin for $1 or for $7.95?

In my personal inbox this morning, I received three emails from Spin offering a discounted subscription to their magazine.

The surprising part was that every offer was sent to a different email address I have.

One offer is to subscribe for $1, two offers are to subscribe for $7.95.

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Opening the $1 subscription email offer I see…

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…and when I click on the link in the email, I am taken to the signup page, which shows I can get 11 issues for $1. That’s a great deal!

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Opening either of the $7.95 subscription email offers I see…

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…and when I click on the link in the email, I am taken to the signup page, which shows I can get 11 issues for $7.95.

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This has to be one of the easiest decisions I’ve made this week.

Shakespeare’s chocolate holiday pretzels are re-labeled Archer Farms pretzels from Target! [PHOTOS]

So my gorgeous wife and I were enjoying our weekend together, and as we were cleaning up the house, we came across this container waaaaaay in the back of our cabinets.

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“Shakespeare’s (Much Ado About) chocolate holiday pretzels”

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We thought about throwing out the container, but it was pretty sturdy, and my wife said we could use it for storing all the miscellaneous stuff we keep finding as we unpack.

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So as we proceeded to peel the label off the pretzel package, we saw there was another label underneath.

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It wasn’t a small label, but one that wrapped all the way around the container.

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We carefully pulled the outer label up and over to reveal…

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Shakespeare’s (Much Ado About) chocolate holiday pretzels is nothing more than re-labeled Archer Farms pretzels.

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Archer Farms is Target’s “in store” generic food brand.

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DUN DUN DUUNNNNN!!!!!

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Guys…. come on! If you’re going to do this retail bait-and-markup-300% switch, at least peel the previous company’s label off before putting your own label on!!

Price Check : Sams Coca Colas

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.

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Sams Coca Colas A

The 32 pack was for $9.84. That works out to about .31 cents each.

Sams Coca Colas B

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.

Price Check : Razors

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…

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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…

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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?

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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.