Alcohol worth spreadsheet
I like to get sauced. But, which alcohol can get me the drunkest for the cheapest? Sure, taste counts, this isn’t the Marines anymore…but this is a financial independence blog. I’m not going to get far in my FI quest if I don’t put taste at #2 priority!
I like to get sauced so much so, that I actually need to figure out how to get my money’s worth.
I know, I know, I could save so much money if I learned how to have fun without booze and only hit the bottle on special occasions. But, damnit, I’m a Marine. It just wouldn’t be right if I couldn’t booze up on my non-workout days (or sometimes on my workout days). I readily admit that I spend too much on booze, but I think there are bigger fish to fry for now. So in an effort to quell my fears of spending out of control, I made an Alcohol Worth Spreadsheet (I’m so, so very sorry for the #1 ranking alcohol. But, it had to be done for science!)
Basically, I took the alcohol % content and the size of the container to find the mL of alcohol in the beverage. I added in whether or not I get a discount at the store (Erie County Thank-a-Vet Program) to find the total. Then, I divided the mL of alcohol by the total cost to find my prized number: mL of alcohol per $1.
Every time I fancy to go get myself a new bottle of something, I’ll note its content, size and cost in here for future reference. It has led to some surprising revelations. For instance, I can get a Bota Box of wine cheaper without a discount at Wegmans than I can at the liquor store where I get a 20% discount. Thus making my mL/$ ratio a bit better at Wegmans.
It’s pretty simple and I think the columns speak for itself. Typically I’ll settle down into a new thing that’s high in the list for awhile…like seasonal rum + apple cider. Or vodka + sparkling water + lime juice in the summer. At least this list helps me gauge how much cheaper I could be getting drunk. Like why drink Jagermeister when the Kraken is double the mL/$?!
I do need to incorporate some kind of ranking algorithm based on taste. And, my liquor store has a rewards program where you points that turn into gift cards (so $1 spent isn’t exactly a $1 spent, but it’s close). I just don’t know the conversion rate.
Still, this gives me a really good base to start from! Now, where’s my beer…