Monday, December 13, 2010

Be a Savvy Shopper – Check the Unit Price

GE SmartWater MWF Refrigerator Water Filter, 1-PackWe need replacement water filters for our refrigerator. After researching prices online, we decided to purchase the GE SmartWater MWF Refrigerator Water Filters through Amazon. They offer packages of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 filters at different prices. We previously purchased a 3 pack from another online vender and were going to simply buy a 3 pack again when we decided to quickly check the price per filter to make sure it's the best deal.

At first glance, I assumed we'd get a better bargain the bigger the pack we purchased.  However by checking the Price Per Filter, you can quickly see that you’ll get the best price by purchasing the 2-Pack. Interestingly, the 4-Pack and 6-Pack are actually more expensive than purchasing 4 or 6 1-Packs!  I'm so glad we did some quick math...we’ll definitely be purchasing the 2-Pack of filters.

I’ve also noticed this same questionable pricing before in grocery stores. Sometimes a larger size or quantity doesn’t always mean it’s a better bargain than a smaller size. So the lesson is to be a savvy shopper by checking the unit price of items you wish to purchase. Although I often buy in bulk it’s important to remember, more does not always make a better deal!

Luckily you don't  have to be a math whiz to check unit prices, many stores show unit price right on the price labels displayed on the shelf.  Happy Saving!

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