Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Importance of Price Per Unit

I was at Target yesterday and decided to pick up some frozen waffles for quick easy breakfasts, plus I had some $1 coupons for Eggos burning a hole in my pocket (or binder!) I came across 3 different sizes of waffles.

60 Ct. for $9.87
24 Ct. for $3.19
10 Ct. for $2.19

I first picked up the box of 10 waffles just assuming that that would be the best way to go. I would only be paying a little over $1 per box. I thought that was a great deal. After thinking about it for a moment I decided to whip out my trusty calculator I keep in my purse. Here is what I came up with...

60 Ct. for $9.87 equals $.15 per waffle
24 Ct. for $3.14 equals $.09 per waffle
10 Ct. for $2.19 equals $.12 per waffle

The best deal was actually getting the 24 ct. Having my calculator and spending the extra minute to do the math got me more for my money.

Check out Talk about Tuesday at the The Lazy Organizer and Frugal Friday at Life as Mom.


  1. I need to get my calculator out at the store more often, thanks for the reminder.

  2. i use the calculator on my phone all.the.time

  3. An interesting place to do this is with toliet paper. Look at the length of the rolls you are getting. One package may have more rolls than another, but what matters is your total package length price.

    Sometimes I have found that the smaller container is the better price (especially if the smaller container is on sale; it may be less per ounce than the larger one).

    When in doubt, pull out the calculator! It only takes a moment, but it can often save you a lot in the long run!

  4. I'm amazed sometimes that I can get a better price with a smaller amount. I try to look at the price per unit when purchasing. :D

  5. i find that true a lot with pasta - typically the middle of the road size is the best bet.

  6. Isn't it strange that the larger amount of waffles didn't compute to a smaller price for each? I think maybe I'd better start bringing a calculator to the grocery, LOL! You're very smart1

  7. This is so true! Great frugal tip. I linked your post to my own FF post. Stop by anytime! Have a great weekend!

  8. I often forget to utilize the price-per-unit method. I use this method a lot when buying diapers.