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.