When we head to the store, we don’t buy the first products we see when fulfilling our regular shopping needs. And while we don’t waste a lot of time pondering our purchases, we do ensure that we make informed and intelligent decisions.
One of the main ways we do this is by properly understanding and utilizing our knowledge of weights and measurements. In this way, we can maximize our dollars when it comes to the products we buy.
You might think square footage is only important when it comes to buying a house. But would you be surprised if I told you using this measurement is how we save when buying things like toilet paper and paper towels?
While pricing on such items is certainly important, price can also be deceiving, as can number or size of rolls. 48 rolls might sound like a lot, but they may be smaller rolls. 12 “double” or “triple” rolls might sound like they’re really big, but you’re not getting as many. So how do you know exactly what you’re getting when it comes to buying these paper products?
For us, it’s simple. In most cases, we just look down near the bottom of the package for the information we need to make our buying decision. There we can find the actual measurements of the paper products. In this way, we can compare two seemingly identical 24-roll packages of toilet paper for example, and see that while one might contain 366 square feet of toilet paper, another contains 428 square feet. And this is typically the final determining factor we use in such purchases.
Size versus ounces/pounds
Packaging these days can be extremely deceptive. Have you ever been disappointed when opening a bag of chips or box of cereal only to find that it’s half filled with empty space?
This is why, before we buy, we tend to compare the ounces/pounds per container of similar products. Doing so helps us ensure that we’re not paying for empty space within a deceptively larger container.
Ounces versus troy ounces
I like silver coins and have collected them since I was a kid. However, I’ve noticed some word and weight play when looking at such coins online. Did you know that a troy ounce is 31.1034 grams while a standard ounce is 28.3495 grams? While the difference might seem minimal, if you’re buying 10 ounces of silver, the difference is nearly a nine troy ounce. And if you’re dealing with gold, just a couple grams could equate to hundreds of dollars.
So if you’re ever buying silver or gold coins – especially in bulk – consider that not everyone may be playing completely fair with you when it comes to their marketing for these products and that an “ounce” or a “pound” might not be exactly what you think it is.
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The author is not a licensed financial professional or precious metals expert. This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute advice of any kind. Calculations have not been verified by a professional. Any action taken by the reader due to the information provided in this article is solely at the reader’s discretion.