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Which Is Cheapest?

I Wanted To Buy Something From Amazon

I wanted ground almonds. These are quite expensive, so I was looking for the best value but of course, the item had to be a good taste and quality too. I have bought a number of 1 Kilogramme packets (2.2 pounds weight) recently and it looks like it will be regularly in use in our household for the foreseeable future, so I wanted to make a bulk buy.

Confusing Information

I found a 1Kg pack of ground almonds from a particular buyer and it said "free postage if you spend over £20". The pack was about £14 (about $18), so I thought I would buy 2 packs. But at that point, it added postage costs. I was confused by that. After checking the page for some time, I found that buying 2 single packs was still post free but buying one double pack (that included two single packs) got postage charged. I finally worked out that it was cheaper to buy the double pack and pay postage, than buy the two single packs and get free postage.

Even More Confusing

The page had various bulk buy offers. You could buy the ground almonds as a single 1Kg pack, as two packs (2 Kg), as 3 packs (3 Kg) and as 5 packs, (5 Kg). the cost of each pack reduced as you bought a greater bulk. BUT, the cost of postage stayed the same and was charged per pack, so if you bought the 5Kg pack (5 packets) you were charge 5 lots of postage! The only place where you were charged the single postage cost was for the double pack - 2Kg, where you were charged a single postage cost.

Spreadsheet

It ended up easier to create a spreadsheet to work out the best value. It turned out that the 2 pack, with one postage cost was the best value, even beating out buying the 5 pack bulk buy. And I can still get 5 Kg cheaper, by buying two packs of the 2 Kg plus a single 1Kg pack at a total cost of £79.50 (about $104) compared with £87.10 ($113) - it seems ridiculous. Of course, I now would not need to buy 5Kg at a time, because I can just keep buying 2Kg packets more often, with no added cost.

Check The Prices on Your Next Bulk Buy

The picture shows an almond nut with dates because we are buying a lot of these too for my husband's special diet. He can't eat whole almonds, too hard for his teeth, but is now eating a lot of ground almonds in the form of almond and honey muffins - delicious.


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Comments

VinceSummers wrote on February 19, 2019, 12:46 PM

Ground almonds? What would those be used for? Breading? I like smoked almonds alright... But the best almonds to me are the blanched ones. Take those, coat them well with olive oil, and roast them on a cooking sheet in the oven, flipping once. Salt them and eat them *still warm*. That's the clincher. Still warm... As to bulk purchases, I'm good at math in my head and am always wary when it comes to costs. It all boils down to cost per unit (weight, number, etc.) plus shipping. Though we don't often have food shipped, with the exception of dog food.

MegL wrote on February 19, 2019, 5:35 PM

Ground almonds can be used in place of flour for people who have problems with gluten or wheat products. It's not an exact replacement, you need to use specific recipes designed for use with ground almonds - lovely. Your recipes sound tasty but my teeth are getting brittle now so i can't crunch nuts like I used to.
Yes, ground almonds can be used for "breading". I have used them for coating pieces of chicken (goujons) before frying gently. You have to be careful not to let it burn. My favorite recipe with that is what I call CAP - coconut, almond paprika chicken. I coat the chicken pieces in ground almonds, to which paprika pepper has been added, then fry gently in coconut oil. Sometimes, I just fry them quickly and then cook in the crockpot with carrots and onions to make a casserole. The kids love it.

Last Edited: February 20, 2019, 8:10 AM

lookatdesktop wrote on February 19, 2019, 10:18 PM

I love almonds. I enjoy Silk almond milk. I might even consider trying almond butter on oat nut bread. It's a good idea to check the sellers on Amazon, because there are instances where buying an item that is not Prime, ships several weeks later than paying nearly double to get a Prime item shipped within 2 days.

MegL wrote on February 20, 2019, 8:06 AM

I have never tried almond milk but I like coconut milk, especially in coffee and even with added coconut oil. I love almond butter, I eat the crunchy variety by the spoonful and use the smooth variety to make oven baked meat balls. I don't have Amazon Prime. We don't have TV and I can't be bothered watching films, so it would only be used for posting items and most of what I buy arrives for free in about a week, anyway.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 20, 2019, 1:49 PM

I subscribe to Prime but I hardly ever bother watching anything on it. I like the convenience of ordering things online from them and have it delivered within 2 days and if Prime, there is no tax.