*The Cost of Convenience - Part II*
One Year Later
By: Alpha20FP
14 December 2009


This is a follow up to the article I did last year "The Cost of Convenience". Went back to the same 2 stores and priced everything again 1 year later.

I did have to make adjustments for items where the packaging size changes. For Example the Liquid Tide and Snuggle were regular strength in 2007 and are now 2X Concentrated in 2008 and the Irish Spring Soap was a 4.5 oz Bar last year and downsized to a 4.0 oz bar this year.

Overall price for everything on the list has increased by 9% ($167.51) at BJ's Wholesale and 10% ($328.68) at the local grocer.

Some significant increases were:

Mazola Corn Oil 81%
Wesson Vegetable Oil 72%
Irish Spring Body Wash 58%
KC Masterpiece HT Marinade 33%
Skippy Peanut Butter 32%
Downey Fabric Softener 30%
Dawn Dish Liquid 25%
Barilla Pastas 23%

Price Comparison: BJ's Wholesale vs. Local Grocer:


2008 Prices BJ's Wholesale Local Grocer
UI Yearly Usage Qty Cost Cost/UI Yrly Cost Qty Cost Cost/UI Yrly Cost UI Savings Yearly Savings
Tide Liquid (170 loads 2x conc) oz 1800 170 $19.49 0.1146 $ 206.36 100 $13.99 0.1399 $ 251.82 $ 0.0253 $ 45.46
Snuggle (187 loads 2x conc) oz 547.5 150 $9.49 0.0633 $ 34.64 32 $3.99 0.1247 $ 136.53 $ 0.0614 $ 101.89
Clorox oz 1536 546 $7.99 0.0146 $ 22.48 96 $1.99 0.0207 $ 31.84 $ 0.0061 $ 9.36
Downey ld 365 150 $12.99 0.0866 $ 31.61 60 $5.99 0.0998 $ 36.44 $ 0.0132 $ 4.83
Clorox Toilet Wand ea 104 30 $11.99 0.3997 $ 41.57 6 $2.99 0.4983 $ 51.83 $ 0.0987 $ 10.26
Pine-Sol oz 144 175 $8.99 0.0514 $ 7.40 48 $3.79 0.0790 $ 11.37 $ 0.0276 $ 3.97
Formula 409 oz 128 212 $9.99 0.0471 $ 6.03 32 $2.89 0.0903 $ 11.56 $ 0.0432 $ 5.53
Dawn Liquid oz 100 90 $7.49 0.0832 $ 8.32 22 $2.89 0.1314 $ 13.14 $ 0.0481 $ 4.81
Irish Spring Body Wash oz 216 36 $9.99 0.2775 $ 59.94 18 $4.49 0.2494 $ 53.88 $ (0.0281) $ (6.06)
Irish Spring Soap Bar 4.0oz ea 81 16 $6.29 0.3931 $ 31.84 3 $2.19 0.7300 $ 59.13 $ 0.3369 $ 27.29
Gillette Fusion Shave Gel oz 50.4 25 $5.99 0.2396 $ 12.08 7 $3.79 0.5414 $ 27.29 $ 0.3018 $ 15.21
Softsoap Antibacterial oz 90 80 $6.59 0.0824 $ 7.41 7.5 $1.99 0.2653 $ 23.88 $ 0.1830 $ 16.47
Comet Powder oz 252 126 $4.99 0.0396 $ 9.98 14 $0.75 0.0536 $ 13.50 $ 0.0140 $ 3.52
Scope Mouthwash oz 405.6 101.3 $8.99 0.0887 $ 36.00 16.9 $3.39 0.2006 $ 81.36 $ 0.1118 $ 45.36
Colgate toothpaste oz 295.2 32.8 $7.59 0.2314 $ 68.31 6.4 $2.66 0.4156 $ 122.69 $ 0.1842 $ 54.38
Colgate toothbrush 360 ea 36 6 $9.99 1.6650 $ 59.94 1 $4.79 4.7900 $ 172.44 $ 3.1250 $ 112.50
Prego Spaghetti Sauce oz 192 134 $7.49 0.0559 $ 10.73 64 $3.99 0.0623 $ 11.97 $ 0.0064 $ 1.24
Barilla Pastas lb 24 8 $7.99 0.9988 $ 23.97 1 $1.39 1.3900 $ 33.36 $ 0.3913 $ 9.39
Ravioli 15 oz can cn 52 10 $8.99 0.8990 $ 46.75 1 $1.75 1.7500 $ 91.00 $ 0.8510 $ 44.25
Kraft Mac-N-Cheese 7.25 oz box bx 15 15 $9.99 0.6660 $ 9.99 5 $5.95 1.1900 $ 17.85 $ 0.5240 $ 7.86
Velveets Mac-N-Cheese oz 70 60 $7.69 0.1282 $ 8.97 12 $2.09 0.1742 $ 12.19 $ 0.0460 $ 3.22
BC Potato Buds oz 56 56 $5.99 0.1070 $ 5.99 28 $3.89 0.1389 $ 7.78 $ 0.0320 $ 1.79
Vlassic B&B Pickles oz 384 62 $3.49 0.0563 $ 21.62 16 $2.59 0.1619 $ 62.16 $ 0.1056 $ 40.54
Milk - Whole gl 52 1 $3.77 3.7700 $ 196.04 1 $4.35 4.3500 $ 226.20 $ 0.5800 $ 30.16
Deer Park Sport Bottle (700ml) bt 480 28 $7.69 0.2746 $ 131.83 6 $2.89 0.4817 $ 231.20 $ 0.2070 $ 99.37
Gatorade Liquid (12 oz bt) bt 100 28 $11.49 0.4104 $ 41.04 6 $3.69 0.6150 $ 61.50 $ 0.2046 $ 20.46
Cranberry Juice oz 384 192 $6.49 0.0338 $ 12.98 64 $3.29 0.0514 $ 19.74 $ 0.0176 $ 6.76
Skippy Peanut Butter oz 112 80 $7.69 0.0961 $ 10.77 28 $3.99 0.1425 $ 15.96 $ 0.0464 $ 5.19
Splenda Packets pk 730 700 $14.99 0.0214 $ 15.63 100 $3.99 0.0399 $ 29.13 $ 0.0185 $ 13.49
Carnation Evaporated Milk (12 oz cn) cn 16 8 $7.79 0.9738 $ 15.58 1 $1.19 1.1900 $ 19.04 $ 0.2163 $ 3.46
Wesson Veg Oil oz 64 160 $10.29 0.0643 $ 4.12 48 $5.39 0.1123 $ 7.19 $ 0.0480 $ 3.07
Mazola Corn Oil gl 2.5 2.5 $27.99 11.1960 $ 27.99 1 $13.99 13.9900 $ 34.98 $ 2.7940 $ 6.99
Bertolli EV Olive Oil oz 100 101.4 $19.99 0.1971 $ 19.71 25.5 $9.99 0.3918 $ 39.18 $ 0.1946 $ 19.46
L&P Worcestershire Sauce oz 120 30 4.69 0.1563 $ 18.76 10 $2.69 0.2690 $ 32.28 $ 0.1127 $ 13.52
Baking Soda lb 24 12 $5.69 0.4742 $ 11.38 4 $2.59 0.6475 $ 15.54 $ 0.1733 $ 4.16
Bisquik oz 240 80 $4.49 0.0561 $ 13.47 60 $4.39 0.0732 $ 17.56 $ 0.0170 $ 4.09
Glad 13gl drawstring trash bag ea 365 150 $13.99 0.0933 $ 34.04 45 $6.99 0.1553 $ 56.70 $ 0.0621 $ 22.65
IAMS Cat Food lb 208 20 $27.69 1.3845 $ 287.98 4 $7.79 1.9475 $ 405.08 $ 0.5630 $ 117.10
Fresh Step Scoop Litter lb 365 40 $12.99 0.3248 $ 118.53 21 $10.85 0.5167 $ 188.58 $ 0.1919 $ 70.05
Oatmeal Packet ea 365 55 $9.99 0.1816 $ 66.30 10 $3.49 0.3490 $ 127.39 $ 0.1674 $ 61.09
Gillette Custom Plus Razor ea 52 52 $20.99 0.4037 $ 20.99 10 $6.79 0.6790 $ 35.31 $ 0.2753 $ 14.32
Charmin TP Big Roll RL 365 36 $18.99 0.5275 $ 192.54 18 $11.99 0.6661 $ 243.13 $ 0.1386 $ 50.59
Sterno 2hr gel cn 24 24 $16.99 0.7079 $ 16.99 2 $5.79 2.8950 $ 69.48 $ 2.1871 $ 52.49
HD Aluminum Foil 18" ft 300 500 $23.99 0.0480 $ 14.39 37.5 $2.89 0.0771 $ 23.12 $ 0.0291 $ 8.73
Carn Inst Non Fat Dry Milk qt 52 22 $13.49 0.6132 $ 31.89 3 $3.99 1.3300 $ 69.16 $ 0.7168 $ 37.27
Domino Sugar lb 25 25 $10.99 0.4396 $ 10.99 5 $2.89 0.5780 $ 14.45 $ 0.1384 $ 3.46
Domino 10x sugar lb 12 4 $2.79 0.6975 $ 8.37 2 $1.69 0.8450 $ 10.14 $ 0.1475 $ 1.77
Syrup Aunt Jemima oz 144 64 $3.99 0.0623 $ 8.98 24 $3.29 0.1371 $ 19.74 $ 0.0747 $ 10.76
Heinz Ketchup oz 216 132 $6.39 0.0484 $ 10.46 36 $2.19 0.0608 $ 13.14 $ 0.0124 $ 2.68
KC M Honey Teriaki Marinade oz 192 45 $5.99 0.1331 $ 25.56 16 $2.89 0.1806 $ 34.68 $ 0.0475 $ 9.12
Totals $2,139.21 $3,394.59 $1,255.37


Price Comparison: One Year Increase At BJ's Wholesale:


BJ's Comparison 2007-2008 BJ's Wholesale - 09/11/07 BJ's Wholesale - 09/11/08
UI Yearly Usage Qty Cost Cost/UI Yrly Cost Qty Cost Cost/UI Yrly Cost UI Increase Yearly Savings Percent Increase
Tide Liquid (07-reg 08-2x) oz 3600 340 $19.49 0.0573 $ 206.36 170 $19.49 0.1146 $ 206.36 $ 0.0573 $ - 0%
Snuggle (07-reg 08-2x) oz 1095 300 $9.99 0.0333 $ 36.46 150 $9.49 0.0633 $ 34.64 $ 0.0300 $ 1.83 -5%
Clorox oz 1536 546 $7.49 0.0137 $ 21.07 546 $7.99 0.0146 $ 22.48 $ 0.0009 $ (1.41) 7%
Downey ld 365 150 $9.99 0.0666 $ 24.31 150 $12.99 0.0866 $ 31.61 $ 0.0200 $ (7.30) 30%
Clorox Toilet Wand ea 104 30 $10.99 0.3663 $ 38.10 30 $11.99 0.3997 $ 41.57 $ 0.0333 $ (3.47) 9%
Pine-Sol oz 144 175 $7.99 0.0457 $ 6.57 175 $8.99 0.0514 $ 7.40 $ 0.0057 $ (0.82) 13%
Formula 409 oz 128 212 $9.99 0.0471 $ 6.03 212 $9.99 0.0471 $ 6.03 $ - $ - 0%
Dawn Liquid oz 100 90 $5.99 0.0666 $ 6.66 90 $7.49 0.0832 $ 8.32 $ 0.0167 $ (1.67) 25%
Irish Spring Body Wash oz 216 54 $9.49 0.1757 $ 37.96 36 $9.99 0.2775 $ 59.94 $ 0.1018 $ (21.98) 58%
Irish Spring Soap Bar 4.5oz ea 72 16 $6.29 0.3931 $ 28.31 16 $6.29 0.3931 $ 28.31 $ - $ - 0%
Gillette Fusion Shave Gel oz 50.4 25 $5.99 0.2396 $ 12.08 25 $5.99 0.2396 $ 12.08 $ - $ - 0%
Softsoap Antibacterial oz 90 80 $6.99 0.0874 $ 7.86 80 $6.59 0.0824 $ 7.41 $ (0.0050) $ 0.45 -6%
Comet Powder oz 252 126 $4.99 0.0396 $ 9.98 126 $4.99 0.0396 $ 9.98 $ - $ - 0%
Scope Mouthwash oz 405.6 101.3 $7.99 0.0789 $ 31.99 101.3 $8.99 0.0887 $ 36.00 $ 0.0099 $ (4.00) 13%
Colgate toothpaste oz 295.2 32.8 $6.99 0.2131 $ 62.91 32.8 $7.59 0.2314 $ 68.31 $ 0.0183 $ (5.40) 9%
Colgate toothbrush 360 ea 36 6 $9.99 1.6650 $ 59.94 6 $9.99 1.6650 $ 59.94 $ - $ - 0%
Prego Spaghetti Sauce oz 192 134 $6.99 0.0522 $ 10.02 134 $7.49 0.0559 $ 10.73 $ 0.0037 $ (0.72) 7%
Barilla Pastas lb 24 8 $6.49 0.8113 $ 19.47 8 $7.99 0.9988 $ 23.97 $ 0.1875 $ (4.50) 23%
Ravioli 15 oz can cn 52 10 $8.49 0.8490 $ 44.15 10 $8.99 0.8990 $ 46.75 $ 0.0500 $ (2.60) 6%
Kraft Mac-N-Cheese 7.25 oz box bx 15 15 $8.69 0.5793 $ 8.69 15 $9.99 0.6660 $ 9.99 $ 0.0867 $ (1.30) 15%
Velveets Mac-N-Cheese oz 67.5 56.25 $6.99 0.1243 $ 8.39 60 $7.69 0.1282 $ 8.65 $ 0.0039 $ (0.26) 3%
BC Potato Buds oz 56 56 $5.99 0.1070 $ 5.99 56 $5.99 0.1070 $ 5.99 $ - $ - 0%
Vlassic B&B Pickles oz 384 62 $3.39 0.0547 $ 21.00 62 $3.49 0.0563 $ 21.62 $ 0.0016 $ (0.62) 3%
Milk gl 52 1 $3.48 3.4800 $ 180.96 1 $3.77 3.7700 $ 196.04 $ 0.2900 $ (15.08) 8%
Deer Park Sport Bottle (700ml) bt 480 28 $7.49 0.2675 $ 128.40 28 $7.69 0.2746 $ 131.83 $ 0.0071 $ (3.43) 3%
Gatorade Liquid (12 oz bt) bt 100 28 $11.49 0.4104 $ 41.04 28 $11.49 0.4104 $ 41.04 $ - $ - 0%
Cranberry Juice oz 384 192 $5.99 0.0312 $ 11.98 192 $6.49 0.0338 $ 12.98 $ 0.0026 $ (1.00) 8%
Skippy Peanut Butter oz 112 96 $6.99 0.0728 $ 8.16 80 $7.69 0.0961 $ 10.77 $ 0.0233 $ (2.61) 32%
Splenda Packets pk 730 700 $14.99 0.0214 $ 15.63 700 $14.99 0.0214 $ 15.63 $ - $ - 0%
Carnation Evaporated Milk (12 oz cn) cn 16 8 $6.99 0.8738 $ 13.98 8 $7.79 0.9738 $ 15.58 $ 0.1000 $ (1.60) 11%
Wesson Veg Oil oz 64 160 $5.99 0.0374 $ 2.40 160 $10.29 0.0643 $ 4.12 $ 0.0269 $ (1.72) 72%
Mazola Corn Oil gl 2.5 2.5 $15.49 6.1960 $ 15.49 2.5 $27.99 11.1960 $ 27.99 $ 5.0000 $ (12.50) 81%
Bertolli EV Olive Oil oz 100 101.4 $18.99 0.1873 $ 18.73 101.4 $19.99 0.1971 $ 19.71 $ 0.0099 $ (0.99) 5%
L&P Worcestershire Sauce oz 120 30 4.69 0.1563 $ 18.76 30 4.69 0.1563 $ 18.76 $ - $ - 0%
Baking Soda lb 24 12 $5.29 0.4408 $ 10.58 12 $5.69 0.4742 $ 11.38 $ 0.0333 $ (0.80) 8%
Bisquik oz 240 80 $3.69 0.0461 $ 11.07 80 $4.49 0.0561 $ 13.47 $ 0.0100 $ (2.40) 22%
Glad 13gl drawstring trash bag ea 365 150 $11.49 0.0766 $ 27.96 150 $13.99 0.0933 $ 34.04 $ 0.0167 $ (6.08) 22%
IAMS Cat Food lb 208 20 $24.99 1.2495 $ 259.90 20 $27.69 1.3845 $ 287.98 $ 0.1350 $ (28.08) 11%
Fresh Step Scoop Litter lb 365 40 $12.99 0.3248 $ 118.53 40 $12.99 0.3248 $ 118.53 $ - $ - 0%
Oatmeal Packet ea 365 55 $9.99 0.1816 $ 66.30 55 $9.99 0.1816 $ 66.30 $ - $ - 0%
Gillette Custom Plus Razor ea 52 52 $19.99 0.3844 $ 19.99 52 $20.99 0.4037 $ 20.99 $ 0.0192 $ (1.00) 5%
Charmin TP Big Roll RL 365 36 $16.99 0.4719 $ 172.26 36 $18.99 0.5275 $ 192.54 $ 0.0556 $ (20.28) 12%
Sterno 2hr gel cn 24 24 $16.99 0.7079 $ 16.99 24 $16.99 0.7079 $ 16.99 $ - $ - 0%
HD Aluminum Foil 18" ft 300 500 $21.99 0.0440 $ 13.19 500 $23.99 0.0480 $ 14.39 $ 0.0040 $ (1.20) 9%
Carn Inst Non Fat Dry Milk qt 52 22 $10.99 0.4995 $ 25.98 22 $13.49 0.6132 $ 31.89 $ 0.1136 $ (5.91) 23%
Domino Sugar lb 25 25 $10.49 0.4196 $ 10.49 25 $10.99 0.4396 $ 10.99 $ 0.0200 $ (0.50) 5%
Domino 10x sugar lb 12 4 $2.29 0.5725 $ 6.87 4 $2.79 0.6975 $ 8.37 $ 0.1250 $ (1.50) 22%
Syrup Aunt Jemima oz 144 64 $3.99 0.0623 $ 8.98 64 $3.99 0.0623 $ 8.98 $ - $ - 0%
Heinz Ketchup oz 216 132 $5.99 0.0454 $ 9.80 132 $6.39 0.0484 $ 10.46 $ 0.0030 $ (0.65) 7%
KC M Honey Teriaki Marinade oz 192 40 $3.99 0.0998 $ 19.15 45 $5.99 0.1331 $ 25.56 $ 0.0334 $ (6.41) 33%
Totals $1,967.85 $2,135.35 $ (167.51) 9%

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