We spend a lot on beverages. Take a typical Saturday–you may grab some coffee in the morning and spend anywhere from $2 to $6, depending on the drink you buy. Later, you may go out for lunch and pay over $2 for a soda, then go out to the bar in the evening and spend $12 on two mixed drinks.
Instead of spending upwards of $20 in ONE DAY on drinks, consider these drinks you can make at home and save a bundle:
1. Soda–With the advent of machines like SodaStream, spend $80 to $100 to buy the machine, and then supplement with the soda flavor of your choice and the carbonation can, which lasts for 60 litres of sparkling water. According to Daily Finance, you can make the equivalent of one can of soda for 25 cents using a SodaStream. In addition, the soda you make at home is healthier. Daily Finance explains, “SodaStream flavors contain about a third of the sugar, calories, carbohydrates, and sodium in the national brands. SodaStream mixes also stay away from high-fructose corn syrup.” Not only do you save money, but you are consuming a healthier drink.
2. Coffee drinks. Yes, coffee you make at home may not taste exactly like Starbuck’s brew. However, for the amount of money you save, getting used to the taste difference may be well worth it. If your tastes go beyond drinking coffee straight, you may want to invest in a espresso maker. You can find these used on Craigslist for $25 to $50. If you spend $5 on Starbuck’s, even when you try to save money there, an espresso machine would pay for itself by the tenth drink you make at home.
3. Smoothies. Is there anything better than a fresh, store bought smoothie? Yes–a smoothie made at home. Invest in a variety of fruits and some juice or the milk of your choice, and you can make your own smoothies for less than half price of the $5 drinks you can buy, plus, like soda, the smoothies you make at home are probably better for you with fewer additives. Best of all, smoothies don’t require special equipment to make at home like soda and coffee do. If you have a blender, you are ready to make smoothies at home.
4. Mixed drinks. Alcoholic beverages are much cheaper when prepared at home rather than bought at a restaurant or bar. Of course, not everyone wants to make alcholic drinks at home because they enjoy the social aspect of going out to a bar or restaurant with friends and having a few drinks. However, if you prefer to have a small party at home, serving drinks there will save you the most money over any of the other drinks you can make at home.
Often times we buy coffee or soda when we are out because we don’t think we can make it at home. However, spend some money buying the right equipment, and you can make your own soda and coffee at home and save a bundle. Smoothies are nutritional drinks that you can easily make from home. Of course, making mixed drinks at home can save you quite a bit of money, but if you prefer to go out for those, make your soda, coffee and smoothies at home, and you will be able to use the difference to go out for alcoholic drinks once in a while, if you prefer. Or, use the money you save for debt repayment or as a way to find extra money in your budget.
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