For years when I was grocery shopping, I assumed that the bigger the box, the better the deal.
However, I was wrong, at least in some cases.
One of the great pieces of information provided at the grocery store is the ‘per ounce’ cost that is printed on the product tags attached to the shelves by each item. I love it when they calculate and display it for sale items too. The grocers must think we never look at these tags based on the pricing schemes I see at the store sometimes.
Just this past week I was at my local grocery store and I compared the per ounce price of the 64 and 96 ounce cartons of Tropicana orange juice (neither size was on sale). Surprisingly, the per ounce price was MORE on the 96 ounce orange juice, which is the opposite of what we have come to expect. The same was also true on 2 types of cereals I looked at. In the next aisle, I stopped to look at the giant box of Bisquick, which you would think would be a good deal compared to the smaller sizes. I was shocked at how much more expensive the big box was on an ounce-for-ounce basis compared to the smaller box. To take advantage of this, purchase that smaller item when it goes on sale and combine it with any coupons you have. In that situation, you can buy that item for practically nothing. If you have multiple coupons or it is a really good deal, buy several and stock up!
I do still think that in many cases, the larger version of the product is still the better deal. However, take a look before you put that giant jar of spaghetti sauce or whatever in your cart. Maybe that smaller version is actually cheaper, and it also takes up less space in your cabinet.