Orange juice is a permanent fixture in most household fridges, especially in big families. And people spend a small fortune on bottled juice, maybe without even realizing. Indeed, the average price of one litre of juice nears £2 in the UK but when it comes to smaller bottles and fancy (not very Innocent) smoothies the price per litre can rack up fast. Moreover, with pay rises almost stalling to a halt and inflation pushing prices up, many households see their wallets squeezed dry and are tempted to accumulate debt.
But there might be a way to spend less on the fruity nectar. Appearing on the British TV program The One Show, Emma Bradley shared a very simple and handy tip which she says saves her about £500 a year on fruity drinks:
Emma manages the successful blog Mom’s Savvy Savings where she shares her advice on how to live better spending less and how to raise kids stressing less. In this case, the blogger’s tip is to buy fresh oranges, preferably reduced due to late due date and damage, and squeeze them to make juice. This way she avoids paying extra on juice packaging and processing plus her family can enjoy a healthier drink without added preservatives, colouring, etc.
Emma also freezes some of the juice to make popsicles, which saves her even more money on Summer treats. Moreover, once the oranges are used, she suggests using the net bag they came in as a scourer to clean your pots and pans. Hooray for triple savings!
Obviously, the main flaw in this genius plan is that it does take more time than just screwing open a bottle of Minute Maid. But if you squeeze in bulk, you and your family will be able to enjoy fresh OJ for up to three days (and your wallet will be thankful).