Money Saving Q and A: Cost Per Unit

Q:  How I can easily decide which product is a better buy when comparing sizes of the exact same brand?

A: One way to save money is to figure the cost per unit for products you buy.  Buying bigger is not always better!  Some stores already have this figured for you on the price tag, but for the stores or items that don't have it available, knowing how to quickly figure the cost per unit can save you a lot of money in the long run.  I keep a calculator handy and take the cost of the product and divide it by how many units it has, depending on the product, such as the number of ounces it has.  For example, if you are buying cheese and are comparing a smaller package that costs $3 with 8 ounces to a bigger package that costs $5 with 12 ounces, which is the better deal?  Here's the math:

Smaller Package: $3.00/8 = $.375 per oz
Larger Package: $5.00/12 = $.416 per oz

Start saving on many of the products you buy, which are averaged at least 100 different products, and we are talking about saving hundreds to thousands (depending on your household and previous spending habits) of dollars a year simply by figuring the cost per unit! 

By the way, this example is figured without using coupons. Use coupons and prepare to make a drastic change in your budget!

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