How do you determine the most economical price for toilet paper? Is it by the square feet on a roll, number of sheets on a roll, single or double ply, etc? I am wanting a formula I can use at the store, to determine if I'm getting a "bargain".
By Sharon from Southern IL
I suggest to get it at Sam's club, good luck.
Would you believe that all paper products actually go by weight although not marked. Same with eggs. Check the size of the donut, as some bargain rolls have a larger donut and less paper. The better the quality the less paper used so it's just something you will have to keep track of and get it on sale.
I would divide the number of sheets into the cost per roll to give you the cost per sheet. However,be aware that the sheet size may vary from one manufacture to another. I have seen some toilet paper rolls 3 inches wide. 4 inches is the standard. Also some rolls are not perferated so you would have to calculate on the square inches or feet per roll. One ply is usaually less costly than two ply.
I have been trying to figure out this recently too. I just read on a blog to take the price and divide by the square feet on the package. The blogger said (for her) a good price was .01 (or less) per square foot. Like you said it really is hard to compare sometimes where they are so many variables involved.
Lately I just wait for a sale at RiteAid, combine it with the dollar off printables that are on the web lately, used one of RiteAid's coupons ($3 off 15, $4 off 20 or $5 off $25 purchase) on top of that and then if you buy it during their 'Gift of Savings period' until 12/25 you can get a gift check back ($5 off $25...etc) on top of that. Stock up when these kind of deals come around if you dont live near a warehouse type store.
You might check these articles out: http://it.helped.us/save/bestprices/toilet-paper.php
"...I believe that most people use toilet paper by length drawn off the roll, or by depth when folded, rather than by sheet count, so that means that you can judge the relative amount between packages by the square footage (as long as the width of the roll is the standard 4.5 inches). ..."
I have found that the cushy two ply type TP's have much less actual useable tissues per roll than the single ply compacted tissues. Sorry to be blatant but we really don't need to be having soft and fluffy to wipe ourselves. I look for sales of the regular single ply Scott tissue or Walgreens 'Big Roll' and usually am able to purchase a months worth (I live alone and only need one roll a week) for fifty cents per roll. Pick up a solid single ply pack (like the Scott tissue) and a fluffy tissue pack (like Charmin) and you'll even find a weight difference between them ;-) Light and fluffy contains more air than tissue and ends up costing much more per sheet than the compact single ply ;-)
I have found that Scott brand tissue lasts the longest. It's not the softest (but it's still soft) nor the fluffiest, but it's compact, and lasts a long time. I also hate to keep changing rolls of tissue. That brand lasts longest on the roll. I buy the 12-roll package for about 9-10 dollars. Seems to last forever!
All the variables you mentioned go into determining the best price for toilet tissue. However, one variable you didn't mention was comfort level.
I guess I'm a little spoiled by now, as I tend to prefer something a bit less harsh than Scott Tissue. In my humble opinion, Angel Soft is the best bargain around. In my sighted days (before the drunk driver accident 7 years ago,) I did some comparing and determined this brand is the best for us.
Hubby bought a 24-pack of double rolls at Wal-mart about a month ago, I think - and we still have about half of it. Sorry, I can't recall the price. If memory serves, I believe if you buy a 4-pack of double rolls, it's going to cost about $1.50. Don't quote me on that, though. Hubby's a non-shopper (meaning he doesn't track prices,) so I'm a bit out of touch with current price trends.
Of course, it is just the two of us. We usually don't have visitors who stay long enough to need the facilities. And while I don't skimp unduly, I also don't use more than is absolutely necessary.
Hey, if a single-ply tissue makes you happy, okay. More power to you. But for me, I vote for the Angel Soft double roll.
For two-ply in our area, Kirkland (costco's house brand) is the cheapest on a per sheet comparison. A friend of mine told me not to bother checking prices because he had done an extensive comparison and found Kirkland to be the cheapest. Well, of course I didn't believe him and a few months later I spent half a saturday comparing prices around town myself. Sure enough he was right. It was about 30% cheaper than the off brand at the discount store or the angelsoft with a coupon. Your mileage may vary :)