i bought a container of 72 pods at the beginning of february. that container lasted me until the end of july. that's with two teenagers doing their own laundry, who do not fill up loads as high as mom would too. i cannot even begin to imagine how much i would have spent in powder (which i prefer) or liquid during that same time period. but what i do know is that for less than $20, i had a container last me 6 months and i would have been spending far more than that if i had been buying powder or liquid. the pods are not only economical but they have the same high quality of getting a load of wash super clean as tide in the other forms. they're also extremely convenient, both in handling, use, and the ability to tell when you need to get more. i am one super pleased mom here.