Whatever you buy to drink when you’re outside the home, you’re most likely paying more for it than you should be. While you have probably heard a million times it’s less expensive to bring your lunch to work rather than purchasing it, you may not have considered the effect of purchasing drinks while away from home. If you spend $1 a day, 5 days a week, you’re spending over $250 a year for your drinks. This price can easily be reduced by 75% by simply purchasing the drink yourself and bringing it from home. Best of all, it takes little effort to do so.
If you drink soft drinks, you can get brand named cans for $0.25 a piece or less (an non brand names even cheaper) by purchasing them on sale or at a warehouse club.
If you’re a coffee drinker, you can get premium grounds for a fraction of the cost of buying coffee at a coffee shop. Buy yourself a good thermos and an automatic coffee maker you can preset the night before so that the coffee is ready when you leave each morning. These investments will pay for themselves in no time.
If you drink fruit juice, purchasing individual containers on sale or at a warehouse club will greatly reduce their cost. You can save even more by purchasing them in large containers and putting the juice into a thermos or making the fruit juice from concentrate.
Taking a few minutes to decide to get what you already drink from the least expensive source will put a couple of hundred dollars in your pocket at the end of the year.