Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom emailed in the following tip:
It may seem simple, but drinking water rather than coffee, soft drinks or juice saves our family hundreds of dollars a year. Here’s how:
The most immediate savings occur in our weekly grocery spending. Soft drinks average $1.29 per two liter bottle in our area while juice averages $2.59 a bottle. Being a Money Saving Mom® reader, of course I would wait for a sale and use a coupon to buy the juice for around $1 a bottle.
Even with this savings our family of six would spend $4.58 a week buying two bottles of soda and two bottles of juice. By drinking water instead we’ve been saving a minimum of $238 on our annual spending.
Like most large families, we try to keep a tight rein on the entertainment budget. In order to save money in this budget category we choose to skip daily $5 specialty coffees. We go even further by avoiding the dollar coffee as well. Spending $1 a day, five days a week adds up to $260 a year.
When we happen to take our family to a restaurant for a special occasion, we order water rather than soda. This saves us an average of $2 per person or $12 per meal. If we go out only six times per year, we save $72 on our yearly spending. By choosing water over other drinks when we’re away from home we been saving an average of $332 annually.
A less obvious benefit from drinking water is lower doctor and dentist bills. Excessive drinking coffee and soda rather than water can lead to dehydration. This can cause a multitude of health problems ranging from dry skin, fatigue and memory loss to more serious issues such as low blood pressure, depression and heart problems.
Choosing juice might seem to be a better alternative, but studies have shown that children who drink large amounts of juice have a higher incidence of tooth decay. Drinking juice also increases blood sugar rapidly, which can lead to insulin resistance and eventually diabetes.
If we avoid one doctor visit (average $150 ) and one dental filling (average $135) per year, we save $285 per person or $1710 a year for our family of six.
Drinking water may not be exciting, but it’s an easy way we save hundreds of dollars a year and meet our financial goals more quickly.
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