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SAVE 20 CENTS ON A DOLLAR! BUSINESS MAN
TELLS HOW TO BUY IN BULK
As a matter of fact, it is possible
for your grocer to keep on hand, in
bulk, exactly the same foods as the
Editor's Note (George W. Per
kins, business manager, steel mag
nate and famous -progressive, recent
ly turned aside frorn" -his business
duties to help the people of New York
find out how to cut the high cost of
living. As head of Mayor Mitchell's
food committee, he did such remark
able work in this respect that the
United States department of agricul
ture publicly stated it the best ever
done in the field. This newspaper
has secured these articles from
Chairman Perkins and will print them
from day to day. Careful following
of them, Perkins says, will mean, that
you will save twenty cents on every
BY GEO. W. PERKINS,
Chairman of New York's Food
Have you ever stopped to figure
how much more you would get for
your money if you bought food by
the pound instead of the package.
Food that is wrapped and sold in
attractive looking packages must of
necessity cost more than the same
food sold in bulk, which means sold
by the pound.
The box or jar containing the food
and the wax paper costs money. The
printing on the wrapper costs money.
And it costs money to fill the pack
ages and seal them. Therefore, you
cannot possibly get as much food for
your money when so large a part of
your money has to pay for the box,
wrapper, printing, etc.
There are several reason why so
many foods are put up in packages.
First, the package looks pretty,
appeals to the eye, and makes the
food seem more appetizing. Second,
most of the packages are air-tight
and dustproof, and for sanitary rea
sons a great many people prefer food
packages contain, and it is also pos
sible for him to keep them in bulk in
a perfectly sanitary manner, so dust
and dirt cannot reach them.
We have looked into the matter of
the relative cost of certain articles
bought in package as compared with
the same things bought loose or in
bulk. The articles referred to were
purchased by our own investigator,
the quality was compared and the ar
ticles weighed and measured in our
own office. The following will give
you some idea of the result of our
Rolled White Oats A package
that contains 1 pounds costs 10
cents. You can buy the same arti
cle loose for 5 cents a pound. If you
buy 3 pounds at a time, the 3 pounds
will cost you 12 cents.
Tapioca A package contains 12
ounces and costs 10 cents. You can
get 16 ounces for 5 cents if bought
Vinegar A quart bottle of white
or cider costs 10 cents. It costs 5
cents a quart loose.
Tea In a 10-cent package there
are 2y2 ounces. In bulk you can get
four ounces for 10 cents.
Soda Crackers There are 4
ounces in a 5-cent package; you can
get seven ounces for 5 cents loose.
Graham Crackers. 33 in a 10
cent package; 48 for 10 cents worth
Bacon In a 20-cent jar there are
nine slices, weighing 5 ounces; 19
slices, weighing 12 ounces, can be
bought for the same money in bulk.
Macaroni A package containing
1214 ounces costs 10 cents. In bulk
you can get 17 ounces for the same
amount of money.
Starch A 5-cent package con
tains 13 ounces; 16 ounces can be
bought in bulk for 5 cents.