I was in the Store-that-shall-remain-nameless the other day getting socks and bathroom tissue. Yes, I shop there on occasion. There, I’ve outed myself. Just like window coverings, I believe in buying what you need at the price you can afford. Shopping around for the best buy is common, good, fiscal sense. So save some dollars on bathroom tissue – you’ll be surprised – and spend it on a new area rug.
Anyway, I buy bathroom tissue based on two things, ply and price. In my experience, 1-ply rolls disappear twice as quickly as 2-ply rolls and if I have to blow my nose I really prefer the 2-ply. Personal preference. Every time I buy bathroom tissue I think that I should take a few minutes and figure out which one is the best price.
The other day I had a few extra minutes and decided to shake off the shackles of procrastination and just do the work. So, paper and pen in hand I wrote down the skinny on 6 packages of TP (the universal euphemism for the product). Today, I got the prices on 12 more packages.
Based on price per double sheet, the prices ranged from .09 cents to .66 cents per sheet. That is a 1300 percent difference in price. In case you missed it, that is Thirteen Hundred Percent.100 sheets of the least expensive stuff costs 90 cents. 100 sheets of the most expensive one costs $6.60. The average was .34 cents per sheet. I have used both the most and least expensive and, in all honesty, they both seem to do the job satisfactorily, both meeting my “expectations of quality.” If you use 1 roll of TP every 3 days, the yearly saving could be about 126.00. OK, so maybe not an area rug, but it could be a darn nice hat. Or dinner for two. Or a nice donation to the Salvation Army or Women’s Shelter Christmas fund.
I don’t endorse products, so here is how to calculate this yourself. Multiply the number of sheets per roll by the ply number and then by the number of rolls in the package. This gives the number of single ply sheets per package. Divide the selling price by this number. This is the price per ply per sheet. If the product is double-ply, multiply the single-ply per sheet price by two for the per sheet double-ply price. For example: if the package has 24 250-sheet, 2-ply rolls for 5.00: 24 times 250 = 6000, times 2 = 12000. 500 ( make it easier and get rid of the decimal point in the price) divided by 12000 = .04 cents per sheet, for double ply this means .08 cents per sheet.