In an ongoing quest to eat healthier I decided this weekend to start eating nuts as snacks. Unfortunately a trip to the grocery store revealed to me that nuts cost quite a bit more than I realized. To cut costs, I went home and checked out the bulk grocieries on Amazon.com. Prices were better on bulk nuts than at my grocery store, but the whole process was confusing. There were different options for different size packages, multiple packages in an order, and free shipping or paid shipping. The decision was so complex I had to create a spreadsheet to figure out the best deal. To help you with this decision, I created this Free bulk groceries savings calculator to figure out how much you can save buying in bulk.
How to use the calculator
The first step is to head over to Amazon Grocery (link opens in a new window) and search for what you are looking for. There will be many options to choose from. Enter information from 2 different options in the calculator below. If you would like to compare more than two options then after you have compared the first two overwrite the information for the third and subsequent options over the answers you entered for the more expensive of the first two options.
This calculator calculates what is called unit pricing. Unit pricing is a way of comparing the prices of two different quantities of items by dividing the price by the unit size. This calculator uses ounces as the unit price that is calculated because that is the most common unit size found on Amazon, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be entered in ounces. You could use kilograms, fluid ounces, individual items, or any other measure you like. If you use a unit other than ounces, ignore the price/ pound field and know that your price is actually the price per unit you entered rather than price/ ounce. As long as you use the same unit size between the two options this calculator will still give you the best price per unit.
Were you able to find any good deals with this calculator? Let me know in the comments section.
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