Does this sound like your job? Long hours, high demands placed on you, lots of stress, and your life constantly in danger?
Okay, that last part probably doesn’t apply to your job like it does mine. But all of those other parts can really drain you after a while. I used to laugh at all of those people who drink energy drinks, but I’ve become one.
In the past, people described me as somewhat high strung. I would drink herbal teas at home to relax and be able to get some sleep at night. Now, I take an energy shot an average of 2-3 times per week and fall into an exhausted sleep within minutes of going to bed.
The choices are astounding any more. You’ve got Rock Star, Monster, Red Bull, 5 Hour Energy Drink, 6 Hour Power, and even a 14 Hour Power Shot. And that’s just the names I can remember. The problem? Those suckers are expensive!
Monster’s latest product, Rehab, costs $5 for a single can! A single 5 Hour Energy drink goes for almost $3.50 in convenience stores. They aren’t exactly a frugal choice.
But there are some things you can do to be more frugal in your usage of energy drinks. Below I’ve compiled a list:
- Buy multi-packs. A single 5 Hour Energy costs more than $3, but the 6 pack of them usually goes for $10-$15. Online, you can even buy the 12 pack display cases for $20.
- Buy at the supermarket or online ahead of time instead of the convenience store when you need it. The convenience store is going to charge more. I’ve seen the individual bottles sell for as much as 20% more.
- Drink half. Go ahead and read the directions on the back. 5 Hour Energy recommends drinking half of the bottle for “moderate” energy and using the full serving for “extreme” energy. Maybe you need “extreme” energy if you are driving at 11pm and still 3 hours from your motel. But to give you a pick-me-up to get through the day, “moderate” energy should do the trick. You can save the other half for the next day.
Buy combining these three tips, you could go from spending $3.50 per serving to as little as $.80 per serving. That’s more than a 75% savings!
Do you use energy drinks? Do you have any other frugal tips relating to energy?
- Does 5-Hour Energy Actually Work? (bostinno.com)
- Smiley360 Members: 5 Hour Energy Drinks (New Mission) (hip2save.com)
- ‘Demon’ energy drink ‘can promote evil’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Doctors warn about dangerous combination of energy drinks, alcohol (enterprisenews.com)