- Look for sales and only buy when you find it on sale. By keeping an eye on what is on sale you will quickly notice that stores that offer one popular brand, such as Pepsi on sale, will not have the other top brand, Coke on sale. Chances are during the next week or two, the other brand will be on sale. When you do see it on sale, buy three to four weeks worth so that you can wait until the next sale period.
- Buy by the liter and not by the can. The 2-liter bottles of soda will cost you a lot less than the can and you might even find that you waste less. I can't tell you how many times I will dump out cans of soda, that I find around the house, that have up to a half left.
The best buys will be in the 3-liter sizes because when it comes to soda, the general rule is that the bigger the container, the less it will cost per ounce.
- When you find a super deal, buy a lot and stockpile it, but be prepared to visit multiple stores or to visit on multiple days due to sale limitations. Many stores will set limits of four to six liters or packs that you can buy when the sale is exceptionally good.
- Test cheaper brands and see if you can really taste a difference. Soda drinkers are among the most loyal brand shoppers, but many times, when put to the test, they really cannot taste a difference in their favorite brands when compared to the store brands. Take your own test and find out where you stand. Buy two or three different brands, plus your own and have someone pour a couple of sips worth in glasses. Taste each one and then try to identify which is your brand. If you can't identify it, rethink your loyalty to the brand. You could save a substantial amount of money by going for price, rather than brand.
- It's best to avoid getting kids too involved in drinking soda, but if you do, buy the cheaper store brands when you buy the flavors like orange and red pop. This goes for adults as well, especially when they do not drink the flavored drinks regularly.
- Look for coupons and other savings which can be found on the inside of bottle caps, on packaging and even on cans. Keep sharp eye out for the coupons and pair them up with store savings when possible.
- Most name brands have rewards programs that you can join and earn prizes, including valuable coupons. MyCokeRewards and Pepsi.
- Take advantage of stores that price-match competitors prices. This comes in particularly helpful when you find a good deal that has limits set on how many you can purchase.
- Name-brands like Coke and Pepsi will often run cross promotions with other products.
For example, PepsiCo which makes Pepsi also distributes Mountain Dew, Gatorade, 7 Up (outside the U.S.), Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice, Sierra Mist, SoBe Lifewater, Tropicana juice drinks, AMP Energy, Naked Juice and Izze. Aquafina, the company’s bottled water brand, is also marketed and licensed through PepsiCo Americas Beverages.
Coke will often couple promotions with popular video games, movies and entertainment parks such as water parks.