Lately I’ve decided to get a little more particular about where I buy food in hopes of saving a bit of money. Years ago I used to shop with a price book, and I know it helped. I’ve got one going again, and am having fun figuring out where things are cheapest.
But it has raised a question. when you are looking at the various sizes and brands on a shelf, does the price per ounce include the price of the packaging? yesterday I was at the dollar store and was thrilled to see an 8 ounce bottle of extra virgin olive oil for a buck. But the bottle was glass and I immediately wondered if that weight was figured in. Now that I write out this question, it doesn’t seem logical that they would include it, but maybe someone could answer me for sure?
Side note: when I checked my price book I figured out that the olive oil at the dollar store was 12 cents/oz and what I bought most recently was 34 cents. I was thrilled until my sharp-eyed 10 year old daughter said, “Is it the same?”
Turns out my dollar store olive oil was half canola. Ironically, that is how I usually use olive oil anyway. And once I get a price on canola, I can figure out if my blend is a better price than their blend. In any case it was disappointing to learn that my bargain was not so much.