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Save Money On Your Red Bull Habit

Updated on September 26, 2014

I absolutely love sugar free red bull. They are the best energy drink in my opinion. Problem: the price. Where I live, the 8.4 ounce is generally $1.99 each. That's insane for less than a can of coke. Of course, I'm an addict so I buy the 12 ounce for $2.99 (unless I catch them on sale for 2/$5!). I've been trying to cut family expenses lately. I'm cutting back on our grocery budget and trying to make things that would save money (like laundry detergent).

You know the Soda Stream right? I really thought that was something I wanted to pursue, until I read the reviews on Amazon. Several people said it doesn't actually save you any money because you have to buy the carbonator bottle periodically. So basically, it's just a fun little contraption to have on your counter. Or if you're trying to reduce your waste, this is a good solution for you. However, that wasn't my motivation for it...

I was checking out the SodaStream Diet Energy Sodamix Syrup (see below) to tell my friend how it would have saved money except for the carbonator thing when I began reading the reviews. Some GENIUS commented that you didn't even have to use the machine with the syrup, just mix it in with seltzer water. There was the light bulb! I can't believe I never think of smart stuff on my own. So I did the math, and if I had red bulls like that, it's around $1. That's for 8.4 ounces. The syrup makes 30 8.4 ounce cans and it's $15.99 on Amazon so that's $.54 for each can's worth of syrup. Below, you'll see the seltzer water I recommend. That costs $9.50 for 12 33.8 ounce bottles. Each bottle will make about 4 of our red bull cans, so really we should multiply 12 times 4 (48), then divide that by the price (9.50) so each serving of that costs $.20.

Are you with me?? That's $.74 for a can of red bull! Yes you could probably still get a can of soda (or water) for cheaper, but I realized a long time ago that I'm not giving up my red bulls. It tastes very similar to the can product. I won't go so far as to say it's the same, because it's not. But for under $1, I can deal with the extra sweetness. It's made with Splenda instead of aspartame, and it still has the caffeine I NEED.

Update

I have been making my own energy drink mix for about one year now and am still in love. It's so incredibly convenient and cheap that I have no desire to resort to my old (and expensive) habit of buying a red bull in the convenience store every morning. My local grocery store, Kroger, sells 12-packs of sparkling water for 4/$9 so it's incredibly cheap. Then, when I buy four 12-packs, I'm set for a while on red bulls. Now if I could just get a deal on my Sodastream mix! But I'll take what I can get.

I promise you won't regret trying this out if you're a red bull fan. I love it and I won't go back. Now if only I can convert the hubby!! For him, it's all about convenience. If you already do this, please comment and let me know what you think! Below, I've got links to where you can buy both items from Amazon, but you could probably find them just about anywhere. That's all folks!

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