Yesterday’s tip I learned from my Grandma, and today’s tip I learned from my Mom, who learned it from my Aunt Ann. What can I say? I come by my frugality naturally! When one is raised in a church work family as I was, it is particularly important.
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It’s a simple tip. First, buy your juice as concentrate. Unless you find an incredible deal on pre-mixed juice, why should you pay extra for water? Take the couple extra seconds and mix the juice yourself.
When you are mixing your juice, add extra water to your concentrate. If the juice calls for 3 cans of water added, add 3 1/2. This dilutes the juice very minimally but allows you to get an extra glass out of each can of concentrate. Trust me. You won’t even notice this little bit of extra water – but you will notice the savings!
I try to pay no more than $1 per can of juice concentrate. I use coupons and stock up when I find a good sale! At $1 a can, there are said to be 6 servings in a container of juice. At this price, each serving is $0.16. By adding an extra bit of water, you are adding an extra serving and saving $0.16. If you go through 2 containers of juice a week (depending on your family), you would save $0.33 a week or $1.33 a month. At this rate, that is one less can of juice you are buying every month!
Whether you drink juice a lot or a little, I highly recommend diluting your juice. It is a quick and easy way to save and stretch what you already have. Plus, juice is healthier with more water! You can extend the saving even further by not drinking juice every day and / or pouring smaller glasses of juice. My Dad laughs about how the 9 in their family split one can of juice daily so they all got a “shot glass” of juice.
What do you think? Will you give this a try?
To read the 31 other tips in this series, you can do so here.