Debtless & Cheap – Is Bigger Really a Bargain?

Gone are the days when buying in bulk guarantees savings.

My brand of laundry detergent is on sale right now for $4.88/25 load bottle. So yesterday I went to the shops to pick some up. The larger bottle $16.89/ 54 loads was beside it on the shelf.

I did the math:

Small bottle – 25 loads @ 4.88 x 3 = 14.64 & nets 75 loads

Large Bottle – 54 loads @ 16.89 x 1 = 16.89 & nets 54 loads

3 small bottles total $2.25 in savings and 21 more loads, significant!

Guess this proves the old adage, “Bigger is not always better” or in this case cheaper.


2 thoughts on “Debtless & Cheap – Is Bigger Really a Bargain?

  1. Michelle

    So true. My husband lives and dies for the bulk items at wholesale stores, and most times I’m sorry to say that the costs almost always topples it’s use for our family of four. And I can’t even get into the battle of over priced brand names vs. bargains or the continuing tug of war between consumers vs. retailers. For me, I’m simply about getting the most out of every dollar, and living within the cost efficient confines of frugality.

    1. ariescottrell Post author

      Michelle, I think years ago bulk might have been a bargain, now as this laundry detergent exercise showed, not always. And what the heck is up with cheese and toilet paper, just outrageous price fluctuations. Definitely worth it to shop around.


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