Tuesday, June 11, 2019

If you exercise regularly and drink Gatorade, skip the bottles and buy the powder.

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I exercise and train regularly in a variety of ways: cycling (on and off-road), hitting the gym, walk lots, hiking, trail running, etc. Through this, I consume a lot of water, and when the exercise is intense, Gatorade. I've learned that a frugal decision is to skip buying the bottles, and buy the powder to mix it yourself.

I buy the 50.9 oz. cans for $8.99 from Wegmans. For the math, we'll forget tax, because it varies by jurisdiction. If you follow the directions on the label, you'll be able to make ~62 12 oz. servings: a total of 744 oz., or 5.8125 gallons. It works out to 14.5 cents per serving. Compare that to an 18 pack of 12 oz. bottles @ $8.99: 49.9 cents/12 oz, or nearly 3.5x the price. I didn't compare the individual bottles, and I'm going by the prices at a store with low prices; individual bottles, or 4 packs, 8 packs, etc. are always way more expensive than buying a case, so the powder becomes an even better deal.

I fill 24 oz. Nalgene bottles with the mix, and I always cut it to at least 1/2 strength, sometimes as low as 1/3 to 1/4 strength. A 23g serving of powder is 21g of sugar - I need the electrolytes, but I don't need all of that added sugar. My kids and I have become so used to the diluted version that regular Gatorade is too strong. You can fill a LOT of bottles from one of those cans.

Submitted June 11, 2019 at 08:39PM by CustomRodTele http://bit.ly/2RbYtau

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