Are you good at Toilet Paper Mathematics?

buying TP and the math that goes with it - Toilet paper mathematics
@bounce58 (17524)
Canada
July 27, 2011 11:46am CST
Everytime I pass by Wal-Mart or Costco, or any other big box store, there would be at least one person coming out with a cart full of toilet paper! I know that everybody needs it, but seeing those people would always make me think that they've found a good deal on TP. So yesterday I was at Wal-Mart and standing on the aisle of packed TP. I noticed a few other people on the aisle just standing there too. I realized that they were doing the same thing I was. They were doing some mental calculations on the different brands of toilet paper available. For the life of me, I could not figure out which was a good deal. I'd have to divide the price by the number of rolls, etc. And then I'd have to factor in the 'softness', and the number of ply sheets. Before Wal-Mart, I was at Cost Cutter, so I have to factor in the prices between both stores. Arrrgh! It's too confusing! So, do you have the same dilemma when you buy toilet paper? Do you know people that have the same dilemma? Or do you know people that can always find a good deal for TP's? Are you good in TP Math?
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
27 Jul 11
When my husband was alive I just hated going shopping with him. A real pain. He would actually look to see how many sheets were on each roll and I would stand there pushing the trolley back and forth thinking, 'What does it matter, just pick up the store brand'. This is exactly what I do buy a large pack 24 rolls - of the store brand as it is usually cheaper than the rest.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
27 Jul 11
Now that would drive me crazy! He would take hours to shop and he loved it!! He once told me that I was no fun when shopping Well no, I do not like supermarket shopping. I have a list and buy and get out If I am with my daughter shopping and we pass the aisle for toilet paper then we look at each other and smile. Wish he was here though -
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
27 Jul 11
Hi cynthiann. It's funny how the many quirks of one person, however annoying it was, could help endear them to us. I think I am the opposite, I don't like shopping, so I hated being stuck in the TP aisle trying to do math. Thanks. Hellow stowyk. I think your husband is TP Math champion! I try my best at it, but I must admit I fail all the time. Thanks.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
27 Jul 11
I don't worry about that kind of stuff. Usually I go by what my favorite brand is. I don't buy toilet paper anymore, someone else does, but when I was buying it, it was my favorite brand and it didn't matter much because a big 12 pack lasted a month between the two of us. However, I know when the time comes that I'm buying it again, I'll do all the factoring in. If it's not soft enough I'll use more... if it's too soft I might be tempted to use more... I'm picky with my toilet paper.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
28 Jul 11
That's the thing with "Brand Loyalty"..It's taken for granted people will always simply reach for their favourite brand without doing any comparison along the rest of the aisle...even when a comparable product could cost much less,never mind budget priced own brand alternatives..
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
28 Jul 11
Hello SheperdSpy. I think that defines the work and competition of Marketing Executives. Some would goad people to stick to their 'brand loyalty' while other marketing people would like to persuade people to make the comparison. Thanks for dropping by.
• United States
28 Jul 11
Nope. I get a 4 pack of the Giant's double roll every other week or so. It costs 2.00 It lasts me about two weeks.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
29 Jul 11
Wait! $2.00 for the 4-pack?! You got my mind doing math-somersaults on my head now! Haha! Thanks Sarah.
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• United States
29 Jul 11
They are double rolls so it is like 8 regular rolls for 2.00.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
29 Jul 11
Who need math when they are that cheap?!
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@katsmeow1213 (29029)
• United States
28 Jul 11
Nope, I pretty much just stick with the same brand. I buy the 12 double roll pack of Angel Soft for about $6. If I see another brand that I know is good and it is on special I might try to figure out if it's a better deal, but I won't really sit there and do too many calculations. I generally just know whether or not it's cheaper.. call it a woman's 6th sense.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
28 Jul 11
Wow! 6th sense! So, does that only work on TP? Or does it also work for other calculations in other grocery aisles. I'm not sure if a lot of men are equipped with that kind of sense. Thanks.
• United States
29 Jul 11
It's the "knowing a good deal when you see one" sense. Good on everything.
• United States
9 Aug 11
Actually no, I normally purchase my TP either at BJ's or Costco, I prefer to buy the big pack which I consider it less expensive than any other store, but I never really done the calculation. I just grab a pack and go personally I don't think I am good at TB math, with children I don't have the time to be doing any calculations, it's usually grab and go.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Aug 11
I don't think anybody could really be real good at TP math. There are just way too many factors to consider. And I know what you mean about going to Costco, and having the kids there. There's a lot of pulling here and there! Thanks.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
2 Aug 11
I usually pick up the giant box of like 40 rolls at Sam's Club. It is about $19 and it lasts us close to forever it seems. I might be able to get a better deal somewhere else, but buying that much at once just saves me from having to buy it again for a long time.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
5 Aug 11
Hi lilybug. I think that's the way to go. Buying a lot, that can last you 'close to forever'. I wish I could do the same at home. As the kids are currently fond of playing with the TP in the washroom. Thanks.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
30 Jul 11
I am terrible with TP math...LOL...I usually stick to the same couple of brands that I have always used. If I can catch a sale..well..that's even better. It would be no fun to try a cheaper brand and suffer the consequences
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
31 Jul 11
Haha! I think that's one of the reason why some people really have to be good at TP math, because they hate to be suffering the consequences! Just imagine a not-so-soft choice while you're already sitting on the toilet! Thanks Jen!
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
29 Jul 11
Hey bro! Whaz up? So we have a "TP" discussion~ok. I didn't do too well in math and don't have the patience to try to figure out the calculations per roll so what I basically do is look for the best sale prices and see what I can get the most for the least, but at a decent quality? Did that come out right? I am definitely pretty good at looking for "bargains/sales"! I've learned how to shop over the years so even though I might not be "exact" I can still pick out a "good deal" most of the time! And I make the "BF" pay for the TP anyway!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
29 Jul 11
Hey sis! What do you mean you didn't do too well in math?! Your explanation here is exactly the kind of math that goes in the decision of buying TP. For most people that I know, at least. Take care sis. And why are you still awake at this late hour?!
@QeeGood (1214)
• Sweden
28 Jul 11
I've done that kind of calculation on how many number of ply sheets on a roll, how many rolls in a package between different brand names. wrote down that mathematic information and went home did my calculation to get the best price. After that I know what the best price for my TP is when I purchase it.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
30 Jul 11
Hello QeeGood. I guess when you get the chance to get to the grocery store often, then It would just be much easier to write it down, and do the calculations at home. You'd be much better preapared the next time. Thanks
@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
28 Jul 11
wow! i never thought you are having problems with that. well, here in the philippines, i guess it's not much an issue to talk about. cause we just use tissues as for sneezing or crying your heart out. but in toilet, well we just use it in public comfort rooms. if we are at our houses we do wash with water and soap. tissue is not much convenient for us to save also money on that.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
29 Jul 11
Hello annavi23. It's not really a problem per se, more of an oddity which is common to see in most TP aisles in grocery stores. Thanks for dropping by.
@topffer (33157)
• France
27 Jul 11
Your discussion remains me a chapter of a 16th century French author, Rabelais, that has been translated in English and can be found at project Gutenberg : http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1200/1200-h/p1.htm#2HCH0013 It is a bit crude, but I cannot resist in this "have fun" interest to give the conclusion of this chapter called "How Gargantua's wonderful understanding became known to his father Grangousier, by the invention of a torchecul or wipebreech" and published in 1532 : "to conclude, I say and maintain, that of all torcheculs, arsewisps, bumfodders, tail-napkins, bunghole cleansers, and wipe-breeches, there is none in the world comparable to the neck of a goose, that is well downed, if you hold her head betwixt your legs. And believe me therein upon mine honour, for you will thereby feel in your nockhole a most wonderful pleasure, both in regard of the softness of the said down and of the temporate heat of the goose, which is easily communicated to the bum-gut and the rest of the inwards, in so far as to come even to the regions of the heart and brains." As they don't sell this sort of TP today, I make a reasonable stock -- not a full cart -- of ordinary paper when needed, and I don't really do TP maths. Sorry.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
28 Jul 11
Hello topffer. I couldn't imagine 16th century common folk struggling with the same dilemma people nowadays in deciding what goes on between their legs after they have done their business, but I must admit that 'thing' with the goose does sound intriguing! Thanks.