You may have heard about the controversy in New York City regarding the new ban on large sodas at public venues. It’s a law that is certain to affect soda drinkers in the Big Apple.
Americans drink an average of 11.2 cans of soda each week or 582 cans a year. How much do you think your Diet Coke habit costs you and is there a less expensive alternative?
Let me break down the cost of your favorite carbonated beverage. My numbers are based on someone who drinks one 24-ounce bottle each weekday and take the weekend off to come just under the average of 11.2 cans a week with an average of 10 cans worth of soda pop each week. If you drink more than this, you can double or triple my numbers accordingly.
The most expensive option is buying a ‘cold one’ at the convenience store. The premium you pay is due to the *ahem* convenience. Grabbing a bottle from the 7-11 cooler each weekday may satisfy your craving when nothing else will do – but it can set you back $309.40 by the end of the year assuming you pay an average of $1.19 each Monday through Friday. Refilling a mug, on the other hand will generally cost you around .50 if you’ll keep one with you. This simple change will save you $170.90. But, can we do better than this? Unless you’ve got a gigantic mug and need every drop of it, you bet!
We keep some pretty good data on the cost of soda when sold at the grocery store. If you’re patient, $2.50 is a good price to pay for either a 12-pack of 12-oz. cans of brand name soda or 6 pack of 24 oz. bottles. At this price, you’re paying .41 for a 24 oz. bottle (or two cans) as opposed to $1.19. This way, you’re getting your sugar fix (or caffeine fix) at $106.60 for the year – a savings of $202.80. The same quantities of store brand soda can be purchased for under $2 – especially during the summer months. If you replaced your convenience store purchased Dr. Pepper for your grocery store purchased Dr. “Popper,” your wallet would indeed “pop” with an extra $222.73 by year’s end.
If you’ve flipped through an ad for Bed Bath & Beyond (or browsed the aisles), you’ve no doubt seen a product called SodaStream. The offer sounds fantastic. Huge cost savings among several other benefits. This Christmas, I was the recipient of the Soda Stream home kit. I really enjoy it for a number of reasons. I enjoy the ability to adjust the fizziness and amount of flavor. I enjoy that the flavors are not sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup SodaStream or Aspartame. Cost savings, however, is not one of the reasons to buy a SodaStream. While the kit is listed at $99, someone considering this purchase can count on spending $80 upfront because you should never make a large purchase at Bed Bath & Beyond without their 20% off coupon.
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