Top 5 Things to Drink When You’re Broke That Aren’t Water

You can usually tell how much money is in my bank account based on the beverages of choice in my fridge. Not all of us can be refrigerator raiders and have milk all the time.  In these parts, V8 Fusion is a delicacy and orange juice is bougie. The next time you’re pinching pennies and want to account for your daily value of carbohydrates through liquid form, try one of these delicious drinks.

Top 5 Things to Drink When You’re Broke


1. Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid is so gay

What is there to say about Kool-Aid that hasn’t already been said? With colors perpetrating as flavors like Pink Swimmingo and hood classics like Black Cherry, how could you not pick up a few 35 cent packets? But what’s the deal with Kool-Aid Bursts? They don’t taste like regular Kool-Aid. This confused me as a child and upsets me as an adult. Also, if you haven’t pretended to be the Kool-Aid man at least once, you’re just not living.

2. Lipton Ice Tea

You can grab a box of the family size packets for around 3 bucks. I may offset any money I save on this one because I’m a little heavy-handed on the sugar. All tea should be sweet tea as far as I’m concerned.

3. Drink

Sugar, water, and of course, purple

Not to be confused with drank. Drinking Drink actually makes you broker. You can tell it’s working because it burns when it goes down. If you’re lucky enough to shop where Drink is sold, grab a whooole gallon for 99 cents. The best way to choose Drink is by color, not flavor. I recommend Apple Drink. It’s green.

4. Arizona cans

The great thing about Arizona is they put the price right on the can so they’re 99 cents everywhere. If anyone ever tries to sell you one for more than that, I’m pretty sure you can sue. Go stand in the refrigerated section of the gas station and peruse the wide variety of options the good people of Arizona have provided. Take solace that no matter which one you pick, it will be so cold and come out of the can in such an awkward fashion that you have to drink it at a reasonable rate of speed to prevent your front two teeth from freezing and possibly falling right out of your mouth. This definitely happens all the time.

5. Off-brand pop

Recently I’ve been trying to drink pop less but it’s SO HARD when it costs 99 cents for a 2 liter. I’m one of those people that will buy a 2 liter even when I only need of a single serving. I don’t care if it’s warm. I don’t care if I there isn’t a cup handy. I can’t bring myself to pay $1.69 for a cold 20 oz. when there’s a perfectly good bootleg brand staring me in the face. Of course I want my mouth to taste like a maze on a mountain.

Maybe one day I’ll have a stocked fridge that will get me many women. Until then, what other cheap drinks would you suggest?

Brittani Nichols is a Los Angeles based comedy person. When she's not tweeting about white people or watching television, she's probably eating pizza. Actually, she's probably doing all three of those things concurrently and when she's not doing THAT, she's sleeping. Brittani also went to Yale and feels weird about mentioning it but wants you to know.

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  1. also, pro tip for when you’re broke and want to buy semi-healthy drinks: get the frozen cans of OJ and apple juice concentrate at the grocery store instead of the stuff in cartons or jugs. You can often find generic store-brand ones that are a lot cheaper than the Tropicana stuff, plus they store easily in your freezer.

    • Tang! Yes, I drank tons of that shit when I was a kid.
      I think this is/was a New England thing but I also loved a syrup called Zarex; grape,orange,cherry flavors that you added to water. Came in a glass bottle with a zebra on the label.

  2. $0.50 pina Jarritos.
    I swear it’s like having a liquid jellybean.
    Gas station halfway between my old school and my friends’ homes after dance club, every time I went.

    Of course, if you open it up when in a smaller room everyone in it will smell jellybean within a minute. And if you happen to be hanging with a bunch bboys, and you all just walked a couple miles after practice and are eating spicier sauced chicken your soda will not last long. Because liquid jellybean is irresistible, especially when everyone is thirsty.

  3. i was going to link to the guy who claims to seduce girls with his beverage stocked fridge but you did the work for me.
    it seems like no one has clicked on that link tho (by the comments at least) and they are definitely missing out.
    that dude is ridiculous.

  4. If you have a 7-11 nearby, the Big Gulps are pretty cheap and you can add fancy things to them like vanilla, lemon or cherry flavors. If you save the cups, you can refill them!

    I live by Arizona Iced Tea when I’m broke, though. I also stock up on other kinds of tea – the hot kind – when I’m not broke, which gives me lots of options when I have no money.

  5. Peace Tea!!! Its similar to Arizona tea(its still 99 cents). But ten times better!! The only problem is they aren’t popular so its hard to find. Just check every gas station you go to. The most common place I see it at is Shell. Im not a big tea person, but trust me ITS AWESOME :D

  6. if you get kombucha or water kefir, all you have to do is mix water and sugar (or water+tea+sugar) and wait a bit and you have pop! which is also full of good bacteria… you can brew liters + liters of this stuff for really cheap, and can even make it organic and still have it be cheaper than the liquid death drinks listed above… please, try this at home kids!

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