Soda Wars: Revenge of the Thirst.


Soda Wars: Episode XXIII June 8th – 14th

Soda Wars is a weekly blog presented by the Peanut Butter List to illustrate which store has the best price on your favorite brands of soda pop each week. We price compare Pepsi, Coke and 7up in the 2 liter, 12 pack and 20/24 pack packages. With this blog you’ll ‘know before you go’ who has the best deal on your favorite brands of soda.
This is the launch post for this weekly series. This one will be slightly more wordy than the next ones in order to explain how it works and why buying your soda at it’s best price is important.

Why Soda Wars? Why not Bacon Wars, or Apple Wars? 
Soda is one of those items at the stores that is generally always on sale, or at least always about to be on sale. You will save tons of money throughout the year just by buying your drinks at the right time and right store. Soda also has a pretty good shelf life, so when it goes on sale for a really great deal, you can buy enough to stock up until it goes on sale again without having to worry about it going bad.
Think about how much soda your family drinks at home. Imagine how much money your family could save if every one of them was purchased at it’s lowest possible price.

Let’s look at 12 packs:

  • Full price hits $4.99 to $5.99 depending on the store.
  • That’s $0.42 to $0.50 per can.
  • On sale they can range from $2.49 to $3.00
  • Making each can $0.21 to $0.25
  • That’s a 50% difference per can!

Now multiply those amounts by how many cans of soda each family member drinks in a day and multiply that by 365 per year.
I’ll use my family of 5 as an example:
We each drink about 1 to 2 cans every day. We’ll call that 1.5 per day.
I know, I know, but we drink water too! 

Example 1.) Paying $5.99 per 12 pack ($0.50 per can)

  • 1.5 cans per day multiplied by 365 days = 548 cans per year
  • 548 multiplied by 5 people in my household = 2,740 cans drank at my house every year.
  • 2,740 cans multiplied by $0.50 per can = $1,370 spent on soda at home!

(Writing the math out like this is really getting to me. I think I need to call a family meeting!)


Example 2.) Paying $2.49 per 12 pack ($0.21 per can)

  • 2,740 cans multiplied by $0.21 per can = $576 spent on soda at home!
  • Buying at the right time and the right store saves us $794 each year!

I will admit that $5.99 for a 12 pack is pretty high and is really on sale for that price, but it does happen so you have to pay attention. Even if we use a $4.00 price tag, which would be a normal 3 for $12.00 sale, that’s $0.33 per can. That comes to $904 total and we still save $328 by buying our soda at it’s best possible price all year long.

Whether your family drinks more or less than that in your household, buying soda at the lowest prices all year is perhaps one of the easiest ways to quickly cut your grocery bill. Which is exactly why we are starting ‘Soda Wars’ and not Battle of the Buns. (Hmm… )

Without further chatty words…
Peanut Butter List presents:
Soda Wars: Episode XXIII June 8th – 14th.12 packs
King Soopers

  • Pepsi            $3.66 (0.31 per can)
  • Coke         3/$12.00 (0.33 per can)
  • 7up            3/$11.00 (0.31 per can)

Safeway

  • Pepsi            $5.99 B2G1 (3/$11.98 = 0.33 per can)
  • Coke            $5.99 B2G1 (3/$11.98 = 0.33 per can)
  • 7up               $5.99 B2G1 (3/$11.98 = 0.33 per can)
Albertsons
  • Pepsi         3/$12.00 (0.33 per can)
  • Coke         3/$12.00 (0.29 per can counting the extra 5 cans worth of soda)
    • Buy 3 get one free 8 pack 7.5oz bottles (worth 5 extra cans in ounces)
  • 7up            2/$9.00   (0.38 per can)

                                 


12 pack winner this week:
Coke products at Albertsons for 0.29 cents per can!
Save as much as 0.09 cents per can on this deal!


20/24 packs
King Soopers
  • Pepsi 20 pack          $5.99 (0.30 per can)
  • Coke 20 pack          $5.99 (0.30 per can)

Safeway

  •  Pepsi 24 pack           $7.99 (0.33 per can)
    • Pepsi 24 pack in ad for $5 on Friday June 10th (0.21 per can)
  • Coke 20 pack           2/$11.00 (0.28 per can)

Albertsons

  • Pepsi 20 pack        $3.98 (0.20 per can)
    • Also look for a coupon on Pepsi 20 packs for $1.00 off WYB2 
    • This makes each 20 pack $2.98 (0.15 per can)
  • Pepsi 24 pack        $7.99 (0.33 per can)
  • Coke 20 pack        $5.99 (0.30 per can)

20/24 pack winner this week:
Pepsi products at Albertsons for 0.15 cents per can with coupon (0.20 cents without coupon)

This is the perfect time to stock up on Pepsi brands! The can price would make a 12 pack cost $1.80 each! This is as low as it gets these days so if you like Pepsi and are able to buy a ton… do it!
2 liters (67.6 oz.)
(2 Liters are compared to 12oz cans so there are 5.63 cans in each 2 liter)
King Soopers
  • Pepsi            2/$3.00 (0.27 per 12oz. can)
  • Coke            5/$6.00 (0.21 per 12oz. can)
  • 7up               3/$4.00 (0.24 per 12oz. can)
Safeway
  • Pepsi             $0.79 (0.14 per 12oz. can)
    • MB8 of any store wide Mix and Match items (otherwise they are $1.29 each)
  • Coke            3/$5.00 (0.30 per 12oz. can)
  • 7up                $0.79 (0.14 per 12oz. can)
    • MB8 of any store wide Mix and Match items (otherwise they are $1.29 each)
Albertsons
  • Pepsi           2/$3.00 (0.27 per 12oz. can)
    • Free Pepsi Max 2 liter with any frozen pizza purchase, in-store coupon.
  • Coke           2/$3.00 (0.27 per 12oz. can)
  • 7up              4/$5.00 (0.22 per 12oz. can)
2 liter winner this week:
Pepsi and 7up products at Safeway for 0.14 cents per 12oz can!
Both of these brands are part of the Mix and Match event going on at Safeway this week. There’s over 3000 items on the list, so chances are that you will pick up at least 8 of them to receive the discounted price.
Biggest Bang for your buck!
Safeway’s Pepsi and/or 7up 2 liters offer the most soda for the least amount of money this week with the $0.79 Mix and Match event when you buy 8 participating items.
There you have it. The first edition of Soda Wars: Revenge of the Thirst. We’ll work on formatting and making this much cleaner in the future, so please be patient with us on that side of things.
Thank you, and may the fizz be with you… ha ha, I couldn’t resist.
Is there something you want us to add to the mix of packages? Let us know what you’d like to see in Soda Wars.
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