Sunday, November 9, 2008

the toilet paper experiment

If you know us very well, then you are probably aware that we are tight wads. Yesterday, we broke down and bought some of life's basics (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, a cable converter box). It was way too expensive and the most pricey item on the list was the TOILET PAPER.

I have never understood why some are more pricey than others? Who cares if it is soft....does rough TP contribute to hemmorhoids or something? Strength on the other hand......that is important for apparent reasons. Since I had a coupon for charmin, I decided we would get it, even though it is double the price of angel soft or the "off brand kind" that we usually buy. I thought that maybe it is more expensive because it lasts longer. Afterall, they claim that their 24 rolls are equal to 96 regular rolls..........
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So we are running our own consumer report on TP. We have 4 rolls of angel soft which are going in the TP holder starting tomorrow. We are going to consume a moderate fiber diet (meaning I am not going to add or take away any vegetables and whole grains from our diet) - and we are going to count how many days it takes to get through the 4 rolls of TP. Note that we will not be taking our TP to work - and since I only work 1 day this week, I will be using a separate stash of TP from 7:30 am - 6:00 pm (the time i am usually using salem hospital's TP).

Once those are gone - we will see how long it takes to get through 4 rolls of charmin extra strong that we bought. If it is the same amount of time, then i am never going to buy expensive TP again - Even if I do have a coupon.........

Does anyone have an insight to who the winning TP will be???
Or - do you see any other confounding variables that may skew our results? If so, let us know below...............

9 comments:

Andrew said...

My hemorrhoids are hurting even thinking about this.

- I'll guess the Charmin wins.

Bryan said...

it all depends on if the biased consumer uses more or less toilet paper depending on what roll is used. If you want the angel soft to win you will tend to use less just to help its cause. And lets hope that nothing encourages the bowels to act up during the duration of the test.

Amy said...

I would have to say that Charmin is a fav. of mine but that's cause I have a pampered butt!!!!

Anonymous said...

When Rich retruned from Peru, he insisted on double ply soft TP. He complained if I did not have any on hand that he could take to school. Of course, he may be more frugal with his $$ than mine.

Richard and Nicole said...

i think we all know that both richard and I are more frugal with our $$$ than we were with our parents'......

Sherpa said...

Yes, you two are a match made in heaven? No, strike that. You're a match made in the toilet paper section of the grocery store.

;)

Richard and Nicole said...

5 days down, only 1 roll of angel soft gone.

Jessica said...

I'm excited to see what you find out. Evan's family did a similar experiment and found that if you get "single ply" TP as opposed to "double ply" which most of them are, it lasts the longest for the price. We always get single ply because of that, but I've never done the experiment myself.

Richard and Nicole said...

thanks for the tip jess.....im pretty sure that they are both 2 ply....i didn't even think about that!