Cost analysis: juicing vs soda

Probably millions of Americans got up this morning with a cup of coffee, a cigarette and a doughnut. No wonder they are sick and fouled up.”

– Jack Lalanne

The following is a quick observation I made while shopping yesterday:

Big Gulp

Large soda: $1.25

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor: $50

One pound bag of carrots: $0.80

Total costs after 365 days of drinking:

Soda: $1.25 x 365 = $456.25

Juice: ($0.80 x 365) + $50 = $342

  • Nick

    I wish it were this simple.

    Unfortunately, not everyone wants to drink straight carrot juice, especially not every day. You need lemons and kale and spinach and beets and grapes and on and on. I’ve blown through $50 or $100 worth of fruits and vegetables in a week (roughly 7, 16 oz. glasses of juice). It’s delicious. It’s healthy. It’s wonderful. But it sure ain’t cheap.

    • Robert

      Juicing definitely does get expensive, but it’s still comparatively cheaper than buying prepackaged beverages.

      Although I make a somewhat expensive juice (kale, carrots, ginger, and limes) every afternoon, my morning drink is dirt cheap.

      I’m able to get a 5 lbs. bag of carrots for $3, and I juice about a pound of carrots for breakfast every morning. This equates to roughly $0.60 for a healthy and tasty drink. I don’t even think it’s possible to get gas station coffee for that price.

      I’d also rather spend the $50 a week on my total juicing materials than on Starbucks, or fast-food.

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