Every Memorial Day weekend Vonnie and I host a little get together for family and friends. While shopping for the needed supplies last week I purchased a product that could very well be the biggest ripoff on planet Earth.
Can you guess what it is?
If you guessed bottled water, you were close. At least with bottled water you could make the argument that your preferred brand tastes better than tap water or other brands. But this product, for what I needed it for, was a complete wallet gouger.
We purchased a keg of beer for our adult guests, and a keg of 1919 root beer for our shorter guests. We picked up the barrels of fun late Friday afternoon, and needed to keep them cold through the decorating party that evening, all the way to the end of the actual party late Saturday night. I wanted to make sure we had enough so I wanted to get ten 20lb bags.
It would have been convenient to just pick up the ice from the liquor store, but the price per bag was $4.50, and there was NO FLIPPING WAY I was going to shell out $45 for frozen water.
On my way home I stopped at a couple places comparing the price of 20 pound bags of ice:
- Liquor Store: $4.50
- Grocery Store: $3.65
- Walmart: $3.80
- Costco: $2.79
Oh, how I’m learning to love Costco.
I plopped 10 bags of ice into my cart for total cost of just under $28. A savings of $17 had I taken the convenient route and purchased the ice at the liquor store. Buying that much ice at once really reminds a guy how much retailers charge for something you can easily make at home for pennies.
Which is exactly what we usually do.
When we have an event in the near future that requires a lot of ice, I normally start emptying my ice tray into large bowls, or even a trash bag stored in our chest freezer for a few weeks. I can usually empty it once in the morning, and once in the evening, and it literally takes less than a minute.
I was bummed that I forgot to do that this time, but after dropping $28 for a freezer full of ice I remembered why I do it.
What’s the biggest rip-off you’ve run across lately?