52 weeks of saving: Buy ‘magic’ sponges in bulk?


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Editor’s note: Each week, a Bankrate personal finance reporter will write about a new way to save and chronicle the savings journey. This week, I investigated how much money I could save by purchasing Magic Erasers in bulk. See what happened.

Until this challenge presented itself, I had never even heard of melamine sponges. In fact, I still pause when it comes to the spelling of that word, m-e-l-a-m-i-n-e.

Melamine sponges are designed to completely erase crayon, Magic Marker and grease from painted walls and wood finishing; plastic-adhering paints from treated wooden tables; and adhesive residue and grime from hubcaps. I’ve been lied to by marketers before, so I tested this before buying in bulk.

Here’s what I discovered.