I love nice weather, hanging up my pants, putting on some shorts and cracking a nice cold beer. .
That being said as I have gotten older I have really become fond of a nice cold beer on a hot summer day. I am no beer expert but I know a good beer when I taste one.
My only problem with liking beer is the cost involved with enjoying it. The average case of beer in Ontario runs you anywhere from $29.99 – 42.99, so it can be an expensive hobby. Of course there are options out there to cut cost and one of them is to have someone bring some back from the States for you. Or make a trek to Montreal and get a case from Costco that works out to a $1.00 a beer.
An alternate to these time consuming options would be to brew your own.
Now I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the old school way to brew your own. My dad used to brew this awful hoppy, potent brown mash that once you tasted it you went cross eyed. He would always say to the person drinking it, “it’s not that bad, and it’s cheap. Once you drink enough of them they get better.” That was my experience!
So as I looked to lower the cost of my summer beer hobby, I remembered the brown hoppy mash and thought to myself hey it might be worth looking into.
I mean, it does work out to .80 cents per can and I could enjoy a nice cold beer on a hot summer day. But where do I begin to look? Through my research and conversations with friends that enjoy beer like I do, I found out that the whole process has changed. Places had 85 different recopies, and you could brew beer that tasted just like your favourite store bought beer.
But I still wasn’t convinced as most places still brew in those brown or green plastic bottles that I swore gave my Dad’s cross eyed concoction it’s flavour. I didn’t give up hope, I then found this little hole in the wall near my home that said brew your own beer and wine.
With the expectation of being disappointed I walked in to the store anyway. To my surprise the man behind the counter was pleasant, had a great knowledge of beer, and made me really understand the process. Then he asked me one question that changed my mind. “Are you looking to bottle or can your beer?”
I was sold! Canned beer, my favourite it has to be good.
I share this story with you because I have since made a batch of my first canned beer. With a cost of .80 per can, the beer tastes like real beer. I did not give up on finding a cheaper option to continue doing something I enjoy.
There is always a way to cut costs when times are tough. So don’t be discouraged by sitting down and crunching some numbers to try and better your situation.
Being a Senior Debt Consultant helps as well, Total Debt Freedom has taught me to always look for a better way. That’s what we teach our clients, so why would I not practice what I preach?
So on the next hot summer day as you sit on a patio, in a backyard or on a dock at the cottage grab a cold beer and crack it open. I know I will!
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