Tips for saving money on juice as suggested from the ThriftyFun community.
My daughters love juice and drink a lot of it. While it is nice and convenient to buy the gallon jugs of the already prepared juice, the concentrate is much cheaper and tastes just as good.
When the directions call for 3 cans of water, I put in 4 cans. My family hardly notices the difference and it stretches it a lot.
I also add the extra water. But then when I go to get a glass of juice, I add even more water. Can't tell a difference. I am doing this with milk also.
When the juice bottle is sitting too long, I freeze them into ice cubes for the kid's water or I add enough juice to the water to flavor, especially Concord grape juice. I also stock up on sales, especially of apple juice, and usually buy generic, unless it is substantially healthier (all natural, more vitamins etc.)
Also, a great idea is to mix seltzer in with your juice. If you get seltzer on sale, you can make many great combos with it. For instance; white grape juice and lemon-lime seltzer mix to make a "citrusy" sparkling beverage. Also, if you have just a little juice left in your container you can add it to Jello or on fruit salad to give it a kick. These tips work great with either ready-to-drink or concentrate juice
I buy 100% Cranberry juice (sweet - mostly grape juice) (good for kidneys) and add 100% real cranberry juice (tart). It is costly but goes a long way to boost the effects. I put about 1/3 of the real juice bottle into one bottle of Cranberry (grape) -- so three bottles of good-for-you juice come from that one bottle of actual cranberry juice.
Use real juice concentrate, frozen and add extra water. Add ice cubes to the juice, takes up more room and the kids think they are getting more (use cool ice cube containers if you need to convince them).
Since juice is basically sugar water, I don't buy a lot of it for my family, but I do get lots of fruit for us, and I haven't had a lot of complaints. We do drink a lot of water that has been filtered.
I like fruit juices and usually have several in the fridge at all times. When they get low in the bottle -- not enough to make a full glass -- I start mixing. Some pleasing combinations: orange/pineapple/grapefruit. Cranberry/apple/raspberry. Orange/apricot/mango. White grape or white cranberry goes good with almost everything. Ginger ale is also a good mixer with fruit juice.
I know a lot of you are watering down your juice, but in my opinion, it tastes awful that way. Real juice is not sugar and water, it is fruit juice from the original fruit. It is expensive because it is real fruit. Watch for sales. Do not waste your money on fruit drinks as those ARE just sugar, water, and artificial flavoring. The concentrates are very good value for the money, but realize that when you are diluting the juice you are diluting the nutritional value as well as the taste.
Several doctors have told me that even real juice is a concentrated sugar, and should be diluted. I have had a kidney stone, and have to drink lots. I add about 2 ounces of juice to a huge glass of water. It goes down much easier, and in this way I drink a full glass of juice a day, plus the water I need. I actually prefer the taste, but it might take some getting used to if you don't.
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My kids love juice, but the sugar content and the "amount" they want to drink is too much. So now I add about 25% water to each jug and they still get all the nutrients and they feel like mom is great because she lets them "have another cup."
Good for you. My diabetic nurse said to use the juice with 50% water so I still get the juice without running my blood sugar up to high. Takes some getting used to, but at the 25% you use the kids will get used to it quickly, if they have not already.