The Bulk verses Bags Price Comparison calculator compares the cost of a bulk product verses a product in bags given their price, delivery costs and volume.
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:
Bulk vs Bag Price Comparison: The calculator will indicate which is the better buy and by what percentage.
The calculator makes the currency and unit conversions and identifies which item is less expensive and by what percentage. This calculator is intended to help you save money by comparing the price/volume of items to determine which is the better buy. Note: the default value for bag size is 2 cubic feet, the most common volume found in the large box stores.
Mulching is an excellent way to help your garden, plants, shrubs or trees in your yard. Mulch slows the growth of weeds, while allowing water and air to get to your plants; it also provides a pleasing visual boundary to highlight your plants.
To help you know how much mulch you need for a job, the vCalc mulch calculator helps calculate the volume of mulch needed. The volume equations, mulch cover (area), mulch cover (circular) and mulch cover (rectangle) both use the dimensions of the area to be covered and the desired depth of mulch in order to calculate the volume. The volume is returned in cubic units (system units such as cubic feet) or in standard bags. Bags of mulch in the U.S. typically come in units of 2 cubic feet. Note: most experts recommend a depth(d) of 1" to 2" of fine mulch or 3" to 4" of coarse mulch.
The mulch cost equation allows you to enter the cubic measurement (ft3 or m3) and then lets you enter the unit price for a cubic foot of mulch. vCalc uses the volume and unit price to compute the total cost. Local pricing should always be used. However, for the convenience of the user, a periodic Internet survey is made of mulch prices. The most recent observations are as follows:
Bags of Mulch: For most people, you’re going to get bags of mulch at the garden center and put them in your trunk or the back of your SUV or mini-van. This works well and can be high quality, but it’s also the most expensive source of mulch. As recently as 12/27/21, the price of a cubic foot of pine mulch was surveyed on the website of Lowes at $2.44 USD/ft³. If you go toor s most of their mulch comes in 2 cubic feet bags.
Bulk Mulch: If you have a truck or can borrow one, you have another option, bulk mulch. Bulk mulch is often cheaper. We are currently getting bulk mulch for $35 per cubic yard. That’s $1.29 per cubic foot (vs the number above) and is comparable to $2.58 for a 2 cubic foot bag.
Nonetheless, Lowe's, at the time of this writing (5.2.2018), has a sale of 5 bags of mulch for $10.
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