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Anyone else struggle with determining what's a good deal for toilet paper?

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Anyone else struggle with determining what's a good deal for toilet paper?

With other products it's so much easier but with toilet paper, with it being marketed so inconsistently (e.g. 30 rolls = 60), 2/3 plying, size of each square, etc.), it's hard for me to ascertain what's a better deal. No Frill has 30=60 Royale on sale for $8.97. Costco has Cascade for 40 rolls for $16 ($4 off). Initially I thought the Royale was a better deal but when I saw the package, it seems like almost half the size of the Cascade. I have no idea what's a "good deal" on toilet paper. Just wondering how others determine this. What brand and price point would you say is a good deal?
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Kirkland toilet paper, unless Cosco has a sale on another brand. Not the worth the energy to try and save a dollar or two every month or two just to get the best deal on toilet paper.
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Typically I have gone with Kirkland but I'm actually finding many of Costco's prices aren't cheaper. It seems like every time I go, at least one, if not more of the items goes on sale . Was just curious what others experience.
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hierophant wrote: With other products it's so much easier but with toilet paper, with it being marketed so inconsistently (e.g. 30 rolls = 60), 2/3 plying, size of each square, etc.), it's hard for me to ascertain what's a better deal. No Frill has 30=60 Royale on sale for $8.97. Costco has Cascade for 40 rolls for $16 ($4 off). Initially I thought the Royale was a better deal but when I saw the package, it seems like almost half the size of the Cascade. I have no idea what's a "good deal" on toilet paper. Just wondering how others determine this. What brand and price point would you say is a good deal?
This could be helpful. At least I found it helpful :)

https://www.redflagdeals.com/toiletpaper/comparison

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I just look at price per roll. So if Royale is 60 single so it's under $0.15 a roll which is good. Cashmere Premium at Costco which is 110 rolls is generally $20 on sale so higher per roll.
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carmaster wrote: I just look at price per roll. So if Royale is 60 single so it's under $0.15 a roll which is good. Cashmere Premium at Costco which is 110 rolls is generally $20 on sale so higher per roll.
But the size and quality isn't the same per roll making it hard to make comparison. I just eneded up getting the Cascade one...was jsut wondering if there's an easier way to determine which one to get.
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Price isn't the only consideration for me...generic tp is a no-no in our house. I haven't tried Kirkland brand but I don't think it's that great a value, especially if there are sales, coupons and points offers elsewhere. Last time I bought Royale, it didn't seem as soft as usual so I no longer buy it. Charmin clogs the toilet so that's out. Cottonelle isn't bad but it doesn't seem to separate from the perforations easily so you roll out a lot more than is necessary. I'm left with Purex and will get that on sale, preferably the 20=60 rolls so I'm not constantly changing it. Is it just my family who will leave a single square hanging from the roll?
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hierophant wrote: But the size and quality isn't the same per roll making it hard to make comparison. I just eneded up getting the Cascade one...was jsut wondering if there's an easier way to determine which one to get.
I look at brand and ply as well. Never get 1 ply.
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carmaster wrote: I look at brand and ply as well. Never get 1 ply.
This reminds me of the toilet paper at walmart. Not the toilet paper you buy there, but rather the toilet paper in their actual washrooms. The damn TP is practically invisible it's so thin!!!
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Honestly.. TP is so cheap it's not really worth worrying about.
I know that's a total non RFD'r comment but there's better things to spend your time on (like how to make more money or to better invest what you have).

We just buy Charmin, which we like best when it's on sale.
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Buy a Toto travel washlet, no more TP. So much better! Portable civilization. Totally SFW video on how it works:
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joo wrote: Honestly.. TP is so cheap it's not really worth worrying about.
I know that's a total non RFD'r comment but there's better things to spend your time on (like how to make more money or to better invest what you have).

We just buy Charmin, which we like best when it's on sale.
That's fine you don't want to spend time talking about it (even though you are) but why tell others how they should spend their time or they should be talking/thinking about? And who's worried? Can people not post questions without being judged even for the simpliest of things? And really, you're telling people to talk/worry about how to make more money? uh no, thanks, I don't need or want to do that....so judgemental.

At any rate, not sure people like you feel the need post messages like this - if it's beneath you then don't post and move on. Such a simple concept but yet so hard for some.
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Always better just to make sure you just go to the bathroom at work everyday. In fact, for most, you pretty much get paid your normal hourly/salary to use your company's toilet paper. Can't beat that!
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Mars2012 wrote: Price isn't the only consideration for me...generic tp is a no-no in our house. I haven't tried Kirkland brand but I don't think it's that great a value, especially if there are sales, coupons and points offers elsewhere. Last time I bought Royale, it didn't seem as soft as usual so I no longer buy it. Charmin clogs the toilet so that's out. Cottonelle isn't bad but it doesn't seem to separate from the perforations easily so you roll out a lot more than is necessary. I'm left with Purex and will get that on sale, preferably the 20=60 rolls so I'm not constantly changing it. Is it just my family who will leave a single square hanging from the roll?
You're knocking on Kirkland brand tp without even trying it. IMO, your assumptions are wrong... I find Kirkland brand tp to be quality tp that isn't too thick nor too thin. But the rolls are huge and if you have a smaller tp holder you'll run into problems.
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hierophant wrote: With other products it's so much easier but with toilet paper, with it being marketed so inconsistently (e.g. 30 rolls = 60), 2/3 plying, size of each square, etc.), it's hard for me to ascertain what's a better deal. No Frill has 30=60 Royale on sale for $8.97. Costco has Cascade for 40 rolls for $16 ($4 off). Initially I thought the Royale was a better deal but when I saw the package, it seems like almost half the size of the Cascade. I have no idea what's a "good deal" on toilet paper. Just wondering how others determine this. What brand and price point would you say is a good deal?
Its a shitty situation. I gave up trying to figure it out years ago.
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I aim for $1.20 per 1000 sheets as a good deal for 2 ply (usually Royale). Don’t go by rolls as each will have different number of sheets so you can’t compare.
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Phonophoresis wrote: Always better just to make sure you just go to the bathroom at work everyday. In fact, for most, you pretty much get paid your normal hourly/salary to use your company's toilet paper. Can't beat that!
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Like others we use the RFD TP Mega thread
toilet-paper-calculation-thread-2078163/
And RFD TP Calculator to figure out what’s a good price
https://www.redflagdeals.com/toiletpaper/comparison

Not a fan of 1 ply
Am ok with 2 ply
And the SO ... well they prefer 3 ply

Royale, Cottonelle, Cashmere or Charmin are all fine
Lux, Ultra Or Quilted
It gets the job done

RFD Info has been invaluable in being able to calculate a good deal vs standard pricing cycles
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