Note: I’m starting a new feature this year: 100 Ways to Save Money. Because I’ve learned that getting your life in order requires getting (and keeping) your financial life in order, too.
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, historically I drink 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–and those were 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.
Trust me; I know . . . this tip’s definitely not easy. I had to take a multi-step approach. First I started drinking sweet tea instead of Mountain Dew. Then I slowly started reducing the sugar I add to my homemade tea. Finally I started forcing myself to drink water in place of a few of those glasses of tea every day. But in a few weeks, I was no longer drinking Mountain Dew. I do order a soft drink as a treat when my family goes out to eat, and that practice–and stress–has caused me to fall of the wagon a time or two. And then I work to climb back on that wagon. It’s a process–and a cycle.
I suggest that you do your best to find a (healthier and cheaper) drink you like as much or better so that you won’t go back to your old habits. Whether you cut out soft drinks cold turkey or wean yourself off them slowly, you should obtain both health and financial benefits.
Tell Me: Do You Love Soft Drinks?
Do you love some soft drink the way I love Mountain Dew? How much money do you spend each week on soft drinks–and how much could you save if you didn’t? Post your thoughts in the comments below!
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