|All told, I spent about:
Reoccurring costs that you don't recoup are:
Reoccurring costs that you DO recoup:
Overall, you will save money on soda. But if you don't drink very much of it, then you might not save enough to recover your costs in the first year. There are five people in this house, so we will probably recoup the initial investment within the first year. The bottom line is that you will have to run the numbers for yourself to decide if it is worth it to you. Don't forget to factor in convenience! Essentially, you won't have to buy soda at the store anymore, and you'll never open the fridge to find out there aren't anymore drinks in the house.
Concerning the syrup expiration date, I have been told by someone else who has done this that they are able to use the syrup far beyond the date printed on the box, and that the cola companies only specify the date for consistency and "freshness", whatever that means. Once I've had this machine running for six months, I will report back here how this issue plays out. At any rate, he keeps regular syrup for up to a year. (Diets have artificial sweeteners in them that break down much faster than real sugar).
Update: Well, it seems that six months is the limit on diet. It also seems that we have used up our regular syrup before the six month mark, so I haven't had a chance to test that yet.
Also note that I did not list the stainless steel table, which we bought for $170 at a local restaurant supply shop. That's because we could have easily put it on a table or counter top already in the house, we just didn't want to. That much is up to you. A cheaper wooden table would work just as well.
Don't forget the "wow" factor - you'll be the envy of your neighborhood. Guests will bow at your feet begging forgiveness for being unworthy. Or something. Also, poor people will be envious, and you might just get threatened for being a capitalist pig by a few Islamic fundamentalists. Who says you don't know how to have a good time?
|When syrup runs out:
When CO2 runs out: