I get 3 lbs 3oz of gatorade powder at walmart for 8 dollars. This makes about 6 gallons. Also does not contain HFCS like the liquid.
I use just shy of one scoop for my PWO shake. This gives me about 25 servings per 8$ tub with 200 cals, and 52 carbs per scoop.
I mix this with my whey to get a ratio of 24g protein to 55 carbs.
Now Im not saying this is better than Surge. I have never used Surge and Surge has other things in it as well that the Gatorade/Whey cant give you. Probably tastes alot better too. (Lemon/Chocolate PWO Shake, yuk.) But for somebody like me who is usually broke, this is close enough to perfection.
Malto and Dextrose is even cheaper than the gatorade, so I look forward to trying that soon too.
Edit- Just did the math roughly. Gatorade is ~.32 a serving, and my protein is ~.65 a serving. So I pay ~$1.00 for each PWO Shake.