We left with just a few items. Our bags for the comparison, Kudos (mmm…), and some corn bread to go with our meal for the night. Although I do have a long list of items to pick up for that birthday party in a couple weeks.
We recently made the big move back to Phoenix. I was excited to finally check out Smart & Final. We don’t have this grocer in Tucson and it’s always nice to have options.
I was happy to find out that they open up early. Nothing better than getting your errands done early in the morning before it’s too hot and before everyone else hits the stores. I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet my Smart & Final store was mid afternoon. That alone will have me returning for future grocery runs.
I spent most of my shopping trip scooping out the aisles and familiarizing myself with what they had to offer. I felt like a little kid when I discovered those Kudos. I haven’t been able to find this favorite snack of mine for years. They had a variety to offer and even had a whole aisle of party supplies you can’t find at your neighborhood grocery store. We probably will be heading back soon to pick up supplies for someone’s third birthday. You can checkout the rest of my shopping trip here.
Next, on to the task at hand. Perfect timing for this shop as we were coming down to the last few trash bags. Immediately I noticed the price difference, $6.49 for 22 bags ($.30 ea.) or $6.99 for 100 bags ($.07 ea.), you do the math. I’m not a name brand girl when it comes to most things, so the savings was a plus for me.
We had so much fun destroying our trash bags when we got home; this was a comparison after all. I struggled awhile to think of the most objective way to complete the task. Smell test seemed to subjective, and well, stinky. We determined that testing the strength of the bags (and my husband) would be the fairest way. Each bag was loaded with a 30 lb. weight and tied at the top.
Although the First Street bag broke first the Glad bag wasn’t far behind. We also tested the strength of the ties. Both held up and didn’t break. The First Street had more elasticity and stretched further while the Glad stretched only a bit. This test convinced me further that the store brand, First Street, is more economical. I feel a lot better about sticking my trash in a $.07 bag that holds up just as well.
In the real life test, the Glad bags had small holes along the top when we went to take out. So far the First Street bags have proven they are a strong competitor.
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