I have a little story to tell about an odd shopping experience, but first, a short refresher on common saving suggestions: One in particular that is regularly repeated is buy nonperishable goods in bulk. This is generally a good idea; most manufacturers sell packages with more units at a lower per-unit cost, allowing you to get, say, a gallon of milk for less by buying a single gallon than 4 quarts.
Still, sometimes buying the larger package can actually lead you to spend more money than buying the smaller packages. Case in point, I was buying shaving cream earlier this week, and was looking at either a single package (normal price: $3.49 per can) or double package (normal price: $6.49, or $3.25 per can) of my favorite cream. Both were on sale, the single pack for $2.97 and the double pack for $5.97. As I’m sure my mathematically savvy readers can already see, it was actually cheaper to buy two single packs (at $5.94), which is what I ended up doing.
I don’t think that the store was trying to intentionally get more money out of the people buying double packs of shaving cream (it was only three cents more, after all), but it was a good reminder that you can’t always depend on rules of thumb to get the best prices. I’ll have more to say about that (and other ways to watch your costs while shopping) come Monday, but since it is time for the Weekly Round-Up, let’s get to the real fun and start to look at some of the best posts from this past week, starting with:
Great Yakezie Posts
How Can You Tell If A Guy Is Rich If He Displays No Signs Of Material Wealth? – While you hopefully won’t use it for gold digging, this guide from Financial Samurai makes for interesting reading.
Most Asked Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them – With answers to 35 potential questions, this infographic from Krantcents provides plenty of help to job seekers.
Other Great Posts
4 Ways to Get Great Art for Your Home Without Breaking the Bank – Decorate you house inexpensively with advice from Money Life and More; I particularly like the art student suggestion.
Contests and Giveaways
- Our Upcoming Honeymoon and Wicked Awesome $900 Cash Giveaway – Just what it sounds like, enter at Money Life and More by August 21st for a chance to win up to $500 in cash.
- A Little Piece of SaveUp ’13 – If you’d like the chance to get some beach gear from the SaveUp ’13 convention, be sure to check out Surviving and Thriving by August 13 (Tuesday).
- Love Grenade Filled with Money - Those crazy giveaway guys from Take Our Stuff are giving away a grenade coin bank stuffed with random cash on August 31st.
- Monthly Money and eBook Giveaway – If you subscribe to the newsletter from Crystal of Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, you’ll have a chance to win $25 and copies of her eBooks each month.
- Weekly Friday Giveaway Roundup – Just in case you need (a lot) more, check out the round-up from Young Adult Money, this week with over 200 giveaways included.
As always, I’m more than happy to promote any other giveaways, to say nothing of entering them myself. If you’re running any, feel free to give me a holler!
Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured
My article Want to Learn Online? Where to Find Over 18,755 Free Courses was featured in the following carnivals:
- Carnival of Retirement at Midlife Finance
- Carnival of Tortoise Banker at Carnival of Tortoise Banker
- Finance Carnival for Young Adults at FITnancials
- Carnival of Financial Planning at Bite the Bullet Investing
- Carnival of MoneyPros at Your PF Pro
- Yakezie Carnival at One Cent at a Time
Alright, that’s it for this week. Here’s hoping everyone has a great coming week, and that you make sure to look closer at the prices you pay this week (and all the time); you don’t want to pay more than you have to,