When I was growing up, my mom would always bring a calculator with her to the grocery store. I never knew why. I never asked why. The free samples kept me distracted.
Today, I learned why.
SHE WAS ON A BUDGET!!!
Now that I myself am on a budget, I’ve learned I can no longer just zip into the store and mindlessly toss the items I need into my cart. I need to save every penny I can.
How do I do this?
We need toilet paper. Grab the 6-pack for $3.99. We’re poor, right? We need to save money by only paying $4 for toilet paper, right?
If you whip out your handy-dandy phone calculator you will discover that the “cheaper” $4 6-pack is actually costing you 67 cents per roll.
You will actually save money, and trips to the store, by spending $13.99 on the 36-pack. (38 cents per roll!)
**NOTE: many grocery stores list price per unit right on the shelf tag. Always check here first before busting out the calc.**
And to think, if I hadn’t been mesmerized by the allure of free samples, I could have learned this at age 7.