For many things that I buy all the time, I have in my head a “good deal” price at which I’ll buy the item. However, this goes out the window for toilet paper. I’ve learned that “double roll,” “triple roll,” etc. really don’t mean a thing, because one company’s regular roll may be larger than another company’s triple roll. So how can I compare “apples to apples” to determine the best price for toilet paper?
I read somewhere that the best method is to compare square feet, and that seemed like a good idea. So, I took a trip to Walmart with a paper and pencil and did a little research in the toilet paper aisle. How to Find the Best Deal on Toilet Paper? Here’s what I found out:
Charmin Ultra Soft, 18 double rolls, contained 375 sq. feet for 9.97, or .026 per square foot.
Charmin Ultra Strong, 24 double rolls, contained 501 sq. feet for 12.47, or .024 per square foot.
Cottonelle Ultra, 12 double rolls, contained 246 sq. ft for 6.97, or .028 per square foot.
Cottonelle Aloe A&E, 12 double rolls, contained 363 sq. ft for 6.97, or .019 per square foot.
Scott 24 rolls contained 2515 sq. ft for 16.48, or .006 per square foot.
Angel Soft, 36 double rolls contained 1200 sq. ft for 16.44, or .013 per square foot.
Ultra Plush, 24 double rolls contained 533 sq. ft for 12.94, or .024 per square foot.
24 double rolls contained 862 sq. ft for 19.98, or .012 per square foot.
Final Costs per square foot, cheapest to most expensive:
1. Scott .006
2. White Cloud .012
3. Angel Soft .013
4. Cottonelle with Aloe and A&E .019
5. Charmin Ultra Strong and Northern Ultra Plus (tie) .024
6. Charmin Ultra Soft .026
7. Cottonelle Ultra .028
I know that prices vary according to sales, coupons, etc., but I think it’s helpful to see these basic statistics. Although many aren’t big fans of Scott toilet paper, we do use it because my husband likes it. In its defense I must say that we have many fewer clogged toilets when using it. And, my research shows that it’s a much better deal than the “softer” brands – more than 4 times cheaper than Cottonelle Ultra!
I once read that a good price for toilet paper was a penny per square foot. That’s easy to determine based on square footage – for instance, the first pack of Cottonelle listed at 246 square feet should cost $2.46 (good luck finding that price). However, with Scott the recommended bargain price for 2515 square feet would be $25.15 – higher than the actual price of $16.48! You can see how it really “pays” to compare square footage!