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52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cut Back on the Soda Pop Habit {Week 18}


Every week in 2013, I’m sharing a different way you can save $100 this year. If you do all of these things, you’ll be able to save over $5,000 this year alone! Many of these things will likely be things you’re already doing, but hopefully all of you will pick up at least a few new ideas or some inspiration from this series.

I’m going to be stepping on some toes here today… but I guess since I recently temporarily stopped drinking coffee and stopped eating gluten and sugar, I can commiserate with those of you who are addicted to soda pop (or pop, or soda, or carbonated beverage, or whatever it is that you call it in your part of the country!)?

Think How Much You Could Save

Drinking soda pop is addictive and expensive. If you drink one pop per day and you get it on sale with a coupon, that’s still close to $100 spent per year for one person. If you pay for drinks from a restaurant or vending machine and you drink one pop per day, it’s going to be closer to $150 to $250 or more spent in a year for your soda pop habit.

There’s No Real Redeeming Value in Soda Pop

There is almost no redeeming value in soda pop, except that maybe it tastes good and makes you feel good. {Though it does neither for me, but I also basically never drink it — because I’m weird like that! :)} The calories in non-diet drinks can wreak havoc on your weight and the chemicals in the diet drinks can wreak havoc on your health.

So, all that to say, I’d heartily encourage you to consider cutting back on the soda habit — or maybe even get brave and ditch it altogether? Here are a few ideas:

1. Order Water at Restaurants

Drinks are one of the most price-inflated purchases at restaurants. Learn to order water with lemon and you’ll cut calories and costs. Not to mention that water is one of the most healthful things you can drink.

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2. Replace Your Sodas With Homemade Flavored Water

There are many fun ways to flavor water that are quick & easy, frugal, delicious, and all natural. Check out this tutorial on over on The Yummy Life.

Challenge yourself to replace 20% of your usual soda intake with water. Then, gradually work up to 50% and beyond. I can almost guarantee you that you’ll feel more energetic and have more zest for life by drinking more water and less soda. I dare you to at least try. 🙂

3. Get More Sleep

If you’re turning to caffeinated beverages for your afternoon pick-me-up, there’s a good chance you’re not getting enough sleep at night.

Make yourself go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier each night for a week. If you’re still tired in the afternoons, add another 15-30 minutes for a week. Keep extending your sleep like this until you find the amount of sleep you need to get to feel rested and refreshed all day long.

If you’re a mom who is getting up a lot at night with a baby or child or you work crazy shifts, this might not be an option for you, but most of us could get to bed at least a little earlier if we made some changes to our evening routine, shut the electronics down earlier, and/or just got more disciplined about it.

Have you cut back or ditched the soda habit? What has helped you?

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Other posts in the 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year series

  1. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Bake Your Own Bread (Week #1)
  2. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Make Your Own Coffee at Home (Week #2)
  3. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Cable Package {Week 3}
  4. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Order Prescription Glasses Online {Week 4}
  5. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners {Week 5}
  6. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Mixes {Week 6}
  7. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become a One-Car Family {Week 7}
  8. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Surround Yourself With Frugal Friends {Week 8}
  9. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Eliminate Disposable Products {Week 9}
  10. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Cut Your Own Hair {Week 10}
  11. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Use Cloth Diapers {Week 11}
  12. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become Best Friends With Your Freezer {Week 12}
  13. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Rent Movies for FREE {Week 13}
  14. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Ask for a Discount {Week 14}
  15. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cancel Your Gym Membership {Week 15}
  16. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Get the Best Bang for Your Buck at Yard Sales {Week 16}
  17. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Grow Some Of Your Food {Week 17}
  18. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cut Back on the Soda Pop Habit {Week 18}
  19. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Buy in Bulk {Week 19}
  20. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Price-Match at Walmart {Week 20}
  21. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Landline {Week 21}
  22. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Refinance Your Mortgage {Week 22}
  23. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Follow a Local Deal Blogger {Week 23}
  24. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Coupon Database {Week 24}
  25. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Plan a Weekly Menu {Week 25}
  26. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Strategically Use Daily Deal Sites {Week 26}
  27. 52 Different Ways to Save At Least $100 Per Year: Shop at Aldi {Week 27}
  28. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Books {Week 28)
  29. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Clothing {Week 29}
  30. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop With Cash {Week 30}
  31. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat Less Meat {Week 31}
  32. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Is this really a good deal? {Week 32}
  33. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: 3 Ways to Save on Online Orders {Week 33}
  34. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Turn Your Clutter Into Cash {Week 34}
  35. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get Organized {Week 35}
  36. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Have an All-Cash Christmas {Week 36}
  37. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Sign Up for Swagbucks {Week 37}
  38. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Cut Your Fuel Costs {Week 38}
  39. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Frequent the Library {Week 39}
  40. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Simplify Birthday Parties {Week 40}
  41. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Brown Bag It {Week 41}
  42. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Snacks {Week 42}
  43. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Programmable Thermostat {Week 43}
  44. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Limit Eating Out {Week 44}
  45. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get a Bang for Your Buck on Travel Expenses {Week 45}
  46. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Don't Pay For Pre-Made Baby Food {Week 46}
  47. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat More Beans {Week 47}
  48. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Homemade Cards {Week 48}
  49. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop At More Than One Store {Week 49}
  50. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat From the Pantry {Week 50}
  51. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Stay Home More {Week 51}
  52. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Develop Contentment {Week 52}

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112 Comments

  • August says:

    In my opinion, the best way to stop it, is to literally stop. Don’t experiment with a few less; just STOP. Don’t go down the sugar isle at the store, go to the bathroom before drinks are ordered and have someone else order the water for you, get it out of the house and only buy healthy products. The headaches will suck and you’ll crave it, but you’ll get past that and be so happy you did.

    My mother-in-law quit because she was on a mission trip to Haiti. No cravings while she was there because it wasn’t available. As soon as she came home, it was in the house and she instantly started back. You have to get rid of it or you’ll relapse.

  • says:

    I have to admit I indulge in a can of Coke every afternoon when the tot naps. It’s my ‘yay you made it through another day’ celebration, lol. I have stopped ordering it out though, it really lowers the restaurant bill AND forces me to drink more water! We also go a soda stream for Xmas. Now I can make fruit flavored sparkling water whenever I feel the need for bubbles!

  • Lora C says:

    I recently stopped drinking sodas. I am working on living a healthier lifestyle and want to lose weight. I haven’t had a sip of soda since April 30 and surprisingly I don’t miss it. I was what I call a “Cokaholic”. I have loved Coca Cola my entire life and would have guzzled it in my bottle if possible. I have replaced my soda habit with water and juices. My friends on SparkPeople (free weight loss website) have been very supportive. I can’t wait to see the effect that this is going to have on my waistline and my pocketbook!!

  • says:

    I kind of cheated…I ditched the habit because I absolutely COULD NOT tolerate it with my morning sickness! 😉 Three months later when I was FINALLY over that it was a little easier to break. LOL!

  • Natalie says:

    I recently kicked the habit with a little help from a friend! We made a bet.. he gave up his guilty pleasure and I gave up mine! It quickly became a pride issue and now I am 5 months soda sober 🙂

  • Hillary says:

    I weened myself off soda in a different way. I swapped from diet sodas to only peach fresca, which is a carbonated water soda. Then I swapped to just flavored carbonated water, then to flavored water and now I really only drink water, juice and sometimes flavored water.

  • Rebekah says:

    I don’t know that I can ditch my soda habit all together, but I will say I hate spending $2.49 and up at a restaurant for a soda. Instead, I get water and use one of the new liquid flavorings. I really like some of the Crystal Light ones, the Mio and Dasani are good too, and sweetened with splenda, not aspartame.

    • Sandra says:

      I mostly stopped drinking sodas about a year ago (although I will have an occasional lemon San Pellegrino soda). Mostly, I drink water, lemonade, or iced tea. Recently, I had some Coke while we were on vacation, but it didn’t taste as good as I remembered.

  • Kirsten O. says:

    My cousin was first to cut out soda and noticed right away she lost weight and her face cleared up.
    I however, love my food and drink. I just went two weeks on a kangen water study where I wasn’t allowed to drink any soda, caffeinated beverages, or anything unless it was straight up kangan water or juice concentrate mixed with water.

    It’s tough. I love carbonated beverages!
    For awhile I was cutting back on soda and switched over to IZZE sparkling juices, because it didn’t have corn syrup, caffeine. But I couldn’t even have these on this study!

    For the first week and a half I was craving soda so bad! I even cheated, and had a couple of glugs of my husbands orange fanta when we went out to eat. It’s now been just shy of 2 weeks of staying away from soda (minus my minor orange soda relapse) and I’m not craving it as horribly as when I first started.
    Having a jug of water nice and cold in the fridge made it more appetizing to drink and I always tried to bring a gallon jug with me on errands, along with a solo cup. I knew if I grabbed a water bottle, I would drink it all, and then justify buying myself a soda when I got thirsty because:
    1). Soda is everywhere, IZZE is not
    2). If bottled water and soda are the same price, I want soda!
    3). Usually when I’ve been really thirsty from running out of water, I feel parched and crave the wonderful cold carbonation of soda!

    So now, when I leave the house for errands or the day, I bring my good old jug of cold water. Having it handy makes it easier to reach for.

    And the results?
    Well it’s only been a couple of weeks, but I am no longer constantly bloated! YAY! Right now I am PMS so slightly breaking out, but perhaps later on I’ll get more results. Now that I am done with the study, I am going to try to stick with just drinking water with the rare occasion of soda now and then when I can’t find a place with IZZE’s.

    Best of luck to all the rest on quitting or cutting back! YOU CAN DO IT!

  • Shannon says:

    I just found out how bad soda is for your kidneys too. A specialist told his patient, after years of coming in with kidney problems, that if his patients gave up soda, he’d lose half his patients. The patient was shocked he’d never heard that before, gave it up, and hasn’t had any problems since. Wow! I don’t drink soda because it gives me a stomach ache — since my husband married me, he hasn’t had any more problems with kidney stones. I told him that’s a fringe benefit of our marriage. 🙂

    Also, studies show that soda impacts your bone density. Way more likely to break a bone if you drink lots of soda.

    We haven’t ruled it out completely, but it’s a treat at our house. I find when my kids get the opportunity, they’ll take it, but often won’t drink it all, commenting that it’s “too fizzy”.

  • Anna Brown says:

    Hi, we have a real addiction to fizzy in our house (adults only, our kids are better trained!) but I have found a much cheaper way:

    I bought a SodaStream drinks maker. We had one in the 80s when i was young and loved it, but from a practical point of view, after the initial purchase (£10 cheaper on Amazon, I might add) the syrup makes 12litres for £2.99, but a 0.5l bottle in shop can cost £1 or more… I also read a book recently about saving money whilst being eco-friendly and it said it’s better to produce your own and the bottles are reusable, so no packaging waste and just found out Argos stores will give you 1/2 off price of a gas cartridge if you take back old one for recycling.
    So we are still happily indulging our bad habit….but saving money!

    Anna

  • says:

    I would drink bubbly water if it was the bubbles I was craving – and I would sometimes have an iced tea if it was the sweetness & caffeine kick I was craving – I VERY rarely have soda anymore – maybe one or two a month – I do feel MUCH healthier!

  • Rose says:

    I never drink soda, and don’t miss it. Now coffee, on the other hand…

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