This is what happens when me and Nate get together…I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not, but it certainly keeps us entertained. We sit around and talk about ideas we have about the sites while drinking beer. While the conversations range all over the place, tonight we started discussing how much we spend on beer, or more accurately, did we really want to know how much we spend on beer. Of course, once this discussion began we had to figure it out and so Nate put together the Beer Calculator:
While the calculations were fairly straightforward and simple for us, we figured that others would also want to figure out how much they were spending on this amber liquid as well so we placed a few more variables in there. Both of us calculated the damage in triple figures, although that is as far as either of us are willing to admit. Being the financially conscious people we are, we both buy most of out beer outside of drinking establishments which keeps the costs way down. That being said, neither of us goes for the cheap stuff either (we aren’t in college anymore).
Now that you have seen the damage, you may be looking for ways to reduce the amount you pay for all the cold ones you guzzle down. Here are 10 ways to keep the beer flowing while still keeping some green in your wallet:
If you have the choice, avoid purchasing your beer in bars and restaurants where they are typically much more expensive.
If you are drinking at a bar or restaurant, drink during Happy Hours or during special promotions when beer is cheaper.
If you drink a lot of beer and a single brand, purchase it in bulk (by the case).
Buy your beer at discount warehouses or other discount stores rather than at retail liquor stores.
If you are going to drink at a baseball, football or other sporting event, go a few hours early and drink your own beer at a tailgate party.
Consider brewing your own beer
If you like expensive beer, make your first two that brand and then switch to a cheaper brand after that since you won’t be able to tell the difference after that.
If you aren’t brand loyal, go for the beer on sale or that is discounted.
Pour slow and tilt the glass – this will reduce the amount of foam in the cup giving you more beer to drink.
In the summer, look for beer that comes with coupons for meat, hot dogs or other BBQ items that are usually purchased with beer during that season. This can save you quite a bit on these items and if you were already planning on purchasing them, reduce your overall BBQ costs.
Bonus Tip: Always take a designated driver – if you get pulled over after you have been drinking, you’re going to pay a lot of money for the ticket, for a lawyer and for increased auto insurance.