The phrase “bang for your buck” is a 1900s phrase that is used to refer to value for your money.
If you get the bang for your buck, it means you have gotten the value for your money and whatever it is you are purchasing or making a deal over is worth it.
Sometimes it can be used outside money. It can mean getting more value or more results than the effort you put into something although this is just a secondary meaning.
Like most idioms, altered versions of this saying exist which have a very similar meaning to the original saying. For example “more bang for your buck” means you’re getting more for the value of your money.
Another variant is “best bang for your buck” which means getting the best of what is available for the value of your money.
The first person to use this phrase was Charles Wilson, a witty US Defense Secretary. He first said this in 1953, though it was the variation, “more bang for your buck”. The other variant had been around since the mid-1900s.
Since this phrase is very old, I have put together a list of cool and catchy phrases that carry the same message and are much more modern and popular.
13 Alternative ways to say “a bang for your buck”
- More ounces for your bounce
- To get a good penny-worth
- More value for your money
- Greater return on investment
- More bling for less cha-ching
- More sakar for ya drachma
- To get your money’s worth
- To have both quality and quantity
- To get a deal
- More value less cost
- To get the most out of a dollar
- Bought it for a song
- Easy on the pocketbook
More ounces for your bounce
Bounce for your ounce is a really old saying. In the 1950s, Pepsi used this phrase to advertise its soda. Bounce in this phrase refers to dollars, or just money in general, and an ounce is a unit you can use to measure liquids.
With this explanation, more ounces for your bounce simply means a bang for your buck or more in the quantity of something for less amount of money.
Here’s how you use it in a sentence:
With this flash sale, I can actually get everything for less than a hundred dollars. Now that is more ounces for my bounce.
To get a good penny-worth
“Bang for Your Buck” can also mean getting a good deal on something. Let’s say you want to buy something that’s fairly used for a really low price, that is getting a good Pennyworth.
It doesn’t mean that it has to be bought in pennies or be bought for a penny. Penny is used here because it is the smallest unit of the British currency.
It means getting a good deal with the smallest possible. Since the smallest possible amount in the British currency is a penny, it is used in the saying. Here is how to use it in a sentence:
I got a good penny-worth of vegetables at the local market today. Take a look: they are still fresh!
More value for your money
This is a very simple way to put the saying out there. Another good thing about this saying is that you can use it formally, unlike some of the other phrases on this list.
The value for your money can be used to describe any purchase you buy, whether cheap or expensive. In general, you can use it to describe anything that you get the quality of. Here’s how you use it in a sentence:
If you buy from popular high-end brands you will get more value for your money because you are getting quality items.
Greater return on investment
While this doesn’t sound like something you want to use in everyday speech, it will make you sound intelligent. An investment doesn’t yield quick returns or profit.
In fact, if anything goes wrong there might be a return at all. However, in this case, it means that even simple purchases you make are a sort of investment because you are getting quality from what you buy.
Here’s how to use it in a sentence:
It might not look like it now but by the end of the month when you balance the books, you will understand that you have made a greater return on your investment.
More bling for less cha-ching
Amusing isn’t it? Bling refers to anything shiny but can also mean anything luxurious or at least, anything that you don’t need, like a gold chain.
For cha-ching, you know that sound a cash register makes when you open it? That’s it. It is slang used to represent money.
More bling for less cha-ching is getting good quality for something that you should buy at a more expensive price.
Here’s how to use this phrase in a sentence:
Managed to salvage this old toaster at the auction. They were practically giving it away at the price I got for it. More bling for less cha-ching. Now, who wants some toast?
More sakar for ya drachma
This is not a saying that we have heard begin. Sakar has many meanings but the one relevant here is that of a sweetener.
And in case you missed history class, the drachma was the smallest unit of currency of the ancient Greeks.
Here getting more sakar for ya drachma is getting something good or of worth for a really low price. Here’s how you use this phrase in a sentence:
I took his advice and haggled really hard, and looked at what I got in. If Henry were here, he would say “more sakar for ya drachma”.
To get your money’s worth
This is a different way to phrase the saying, “To get a good penny-worth”. It sounds more casual and relaxed and you can use this formally too.
It can mean that since money is not so easy to come by, you should get the most out of it while you spend. Here’s how you use this phrase in a sentence:
I have told you many times! You can’t take market prices as they give you. You have to drive a hard bargain to get your money’s worth.
To have both quality and quantity
This simplified expression refers to getting a large amount of something good. If you get one at the expense of the other, you would still not have the most out of your money. Here’s how you use this phrase in a sentence:
I have to say, today’s shopping had us being very cautious. Why? We had to get both the quality and quantity of whatever we bought. It’s the best way we could spend money.
To get a good deal
To get a good deal is to make the most of your money. Usually in a deal, whatever you are buying is not brand new or fresh, but then it’s not that bad either so you try to get it for lower than the original price so you can save money and still get whatever it is you want to have.
Here’s how to use this phrase in a sentence:
I try to get a good deal when I buy second-hand things. With too much worthless junk you could easily be duped.
More value, less cost
Sounds like a slogan for a product in an ad right? Well, what can I say? I promised you catchy phrases.
The less you spend on something usually means the lower the value but if you flip it to get a higher value for a lower price, then you will take some change home. Here’s how you use this phrase in a sentence:
Check out the jumbo pack. The size of two for the price of one. That right there is more value, less cost.
To get the most out of a dollar
A dollar sounds really small when you look at the prices of things these days but no matter how expensive things are, the most important thing is the number of essentials you can get.
Here’s how you use this phrase in a sentence:
I like to stick to the grocery list. With no impulsive buying, I get the most out of my dollar.
Bought it for a song
The phrase “brought for a song” or “to buy something for a song” means to buy something very cheap.
It may not be a deal but it’s cheap and you have it, and that’s all that matters. Here’s how to use it in a sentence:
It’s potato season so I bought ten pounds of potatoes for a song. Should last me till winter.
Easy on the pocketbook
This is also another phrase that means that something is cheap. The pocketbook just means your personal book of accounts and anything that is easy on the pocketbook doesn’t take so much money. Cool right?
Here’s how you use it in a sentence:
I know it’s not brand new but you can get some sweet deals from the thrift store. Besides, it’s easy on the pocketbook.
I have nothing against old-timey sayings but you should be way cooler with updated ones. If you are cool with old-timey sayings, then there are some on the list for you.
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