good price for Tide detergent?
I used to buy things in bulk at Sams, such as detergent, paper prodcuts, etc until I started getting involved with using coupons and after going to a few couponing seminars offerd by Jill. Now I am trying to use coupons at other stores for those products but I don't know what a good price will be.
I use Tide detergnet and I don't know what is a good price for it. Also diswasher detergent, cascade or other good brand? Any help is much appreciated it.. New at this, but I love it!!!
Glad to have you - couponing IS fun!
First, Tide IS kind of the "gold standard" of detergent. You're going to pay a premium for it, though we do get deals. If skin allergies/sensitivities aren't an issue, you might consider working other detergents into your routine too, as nearly every other brand is MUCH cheaper than Tide, and still does a good job. The top of my washer looks like a laundry cocktail bar, with Tide, All, Wisk, Purex, and whatever I got deals on. :) I judge the "dirtiness" of what I'm washing and adjust my detergents accordingly, as for normal loads, I've found that most of the other brands are just fine too.
Good benchmarks for other detergents (these are POST-coupon, post-sale prices -- what I'd call my "buy" points)
$1.49 or less for Purex 50oz.
$1.99 or less for All 50oz.
$2.99 or less for Wisk 50oz.
$3.99 or less for Tide 50oz.
If you buy the huge, 150-ounce Tide, I read recently that the 150-ounce Tide costs stores about $18 wholesale - anything above that is their profit. The cheapest we see it is about $15.
This week, Dominick's has 150-ounce Tides on sale for $15.99 each when you buy TWO or more. There's a $3-off-3 (a $1.50-off-2 too) in today's 3/3 PG insert that would drop them to $14.99 if you want to really stock up.
As far as dishwasher detergents, we more often see deals on Finish than Cascade, simply because Finish issues higher-value coupons than Cascade does. Finish was .54 for the 20-count tabs a few weeks ago. That's the highest-value coupon Finish typically offers all year though, so Finish fans know to pick up a few extra papers at the beginning of the year and wait for that good sale to come. Finish was just $2.24 for the 20ct. again recently at Target.
Jill, thank you so much for your very helpful answer, you not only answered my question but you gave me many other opstions. I love the idiea of having different detergents and use them accordingly to "dirtiness", I have never thought of that..
I tried to get the Finish tabs a few weeks about with the $2.15 coupon but they were completed out in the at least 3 different stores I went to... I'll keep looking.
I really enjoyed the seminars you did a few months ago at the Fox Valley park district in Aurora, I leanerd a lot and now I am trying to do apply what I learned..
Thank you for helping us.
... but the "detergent cocktail bar" idea is one I picked up from another reader here quite some time ago. She posted that she had the "good stuff" for her family's dirtiest laundry, but she'd always pick up Purex and Xtra to wash things like garage towels, her dog's bed, car floor mats - things that you needed to clean, but didn't need to be "perfect?" I liked the idea.
Regarding the Finish, keep in mind that Walmart price-matches any local store's ad. I have had great luck price-matching ads from other stores there when the main store in question has sold out of an item. :)
Where I live, we have extremely hard water, and the new "Phosphate Free" formulations simply do not work. The only thing that comes close is those Finish Quantum tablets which will not leave a film on your Flatware or Glassware, however they don't work for dissolving food.
I know Sams Club, carry's huge bottles of the Basic Cascade, and the boxes.. However, CostCo carries Cascade Complete (Powerpacked Cascade with Enzymes) 125oz for $9.99. If I had the choice between the two, the Cascade Complete (Phosphate free) & the Regular Cascade box, I'd deffintlay go with the Complete, just because I know it'll work and probably not leave as much food deposiitng as the other detergent.
Things to keep in mind though, Finish Tabs are normally super cheap every year or so with the $2 coupons. Cascade typically has $1 coupons for there action pacs (They do work somewhat better then there powder/gel formulations, and there $3-4 for 20 loads after coupon.
As for Tide.. You can typically get the 32-24 load bottles for like $3-4, after coupon at CVS every so often. I myself know the Sams Club tide is like $24 for 2 64 load bottles, which is about the same at every discount store eg. Target,Walmart,Meijers. Grocery stores like Safeway or Jewels have Tide normally for like $16, and put it on "Sale" for $10-$12 every so often as well.
Hope that helps :)
Regarding the phosphate-free dishwasher detergents, some of us have indeed concluded that commercial-grade Professional Cascade is simply worth paying for at a foodservice retailer, due to its better cleaning performance over the phosphate-free detergents you can buy in the store... but that's a whole other topic. :)
Just.Curious thank you so much for the great information. It was very helpfull... I started noticing lately that my glases were not a clean as they used to and I thought it was my diswhaver(it might still be) since it's getting quite old, but I guess before I decide to buy a new one I will try to change detergents first. I usually do use the gel type of detergent, so I am going to try something else.
And I will look for Tide as CVS for good deals.. Is there any other good laundry detergent at a good price?
Thank you so much.