When you think about making soda at home, do you think about Soda Stream? The popular at-home soda maker is about to get some competition from Coca Cola.

Soda Stream is the leading at-home fountain jet for making your own carbonated beverages at home. The New York Post once reported the company sells 10,000 machines a day!

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Lowering the cost of soda at home

Sparkling water has skyrocketed in popularity and is taking away serious marketshare from traditional soft drinks. I always know something is "a thing" when I see it at the dollar store! Dollar Tree is now selling a private-label version made by Cott -- one of the world's largest producers of beverages for retailers -- for $1 for 4 cans.

At 25 cents a can, that's cheap. But instead of paying 25 cents a can, you can get a Soda Stream and reduce your effecive cost per glass of sparkling water to about a penny. It only takes around six seconds to make a liter of carbonated water with Soda Stream. And you don't have to lug sparkling water home!

Having a Soda Stream is like having your own soft drink bottling plant at home for a street price of $80 to $120. Operating it is a cinch; you put water in and add syrup in to make the flavor you want. The carbonation comes in canisters made of lightweight aluminum.

I've tasted a variety of the Soda Stream flavors. Some are not ready for prime time. But others are really good. So it is all about personal taste.

But now there are big changes going on that could represent a real money-saving opportunity for you. Coca Cola is in partnership with Green Mountain -- the people who brought you K Cups -- to make their own at-home fountain jet called Keurig Kold.

The advantages of this are going to be gigantic, from the environmental to the money-saving, and in so many other ways. This sure beats going to the warehouse club and lugging cases of drinks home!

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