Note: I’m starting a new feature this year: 100 Ways to Save Money. I’ll be posting a new tip every 3-4 days over the next 364. Because frankly, getting your life in order requires getting (and keeping) your financial life in order.
My name is Bridget, and I’m a recovering Mountain Dew addict.
Seriously, I’ve been known to drink a two-liter bottle of Mountain Dew in a day. While others drink recreationally from a 20-ounce bottle of soda, I typically drank from a two-liter bottle. In the middle of a stressful situation like (currently) moving or (in the past) exams, I’ve even had two two-liter bottles of Mountain Dew in a day.
Whether you’re drinking caffeine-laden Mountain Dew, sugary Pepsi, or diet drinks, they aren’t good for you. (My Mountain Dew binges gave me heart palpitations!) But they are also bad for your budget. In early- and mid-2017, I spent more than $5 a week on soft drinks on sale. That amount adds up in a hurry–over $250 per year. (That’s almost an extra car payment in this household!)
So to improve your health and save money, work on weaning yourself from soft drinks.
Find a drink you like as much or better so that you won’t go back to your old habits. I personally started drinking sweet tea and then slowly started reducing the sugar I add to it. Then I started forcing myself to drink water in place of a few of those glasses every day. I do get a Mountain Dew or a Coca-Cola as a treat when my family goes out to eat.
Do You Love Soft Drinks?
How much money do you spend each week on soft drinks–and how much could you save if you didn’t?