So we live right next to a Stripes gas station. Like 7 minutes if you walk slow. That said, we do visit it occasionally for treats. We enjoy their breakfast tacos, hubby likes their shakes, and I love their large selection of fountain sodas. Even though I now drink soda maybe once every 2 weeks, it is nice to be able to have a great Coke Zero with a vanilla shot in less than 15 minutes.
The Available Deal
This all leads me up to explaining my question for you. Our Stripes sells a 32 oz refillable cup for $4.99 that gives you one free fill, and each refill will then cost you 99 cents from there on out. Here’s the problem as I saw it this week:
So, the 32 oz drink is 99 cents. And the refills for a container up to 44 ounces is 99 cents. So you save nothing, right?
Other Data Points
Well, apparently not. According to the manager I approached, the current deal for 99 cent 32 oz regular cups is just a summer special. Normally, a 32 oz drink is $1.29. So long-term, you can technically save 30 cents per refill. He also made sure to point out that he bought a refillable cup himself simply since it keeps drinks colder longer than the Styrofoam cups. Okay, so 30 cents of savings means that if you fill up 14 times or more, it was worth it.
Honestly, I don’t drink enough soda for that to be worth it to me. Yet, I had already bought the stupid cup in a silly moment of Vanilla Coke Zero happiness about a week ago. So if I just wait for the summer special to be over, I should be able to make back my purchase and then some by simply buying as I regularly would in about 8 months…just in time for the next summer special to start…yeah, yeah, I know…
Anyway, do you drink enough soda to make this worth it? Deal or no deal?
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