Have you ever tried to do this?
The headache (from the lack of caffeine) is reminding me of how sadly dependent I’d become of the stuff. Not only has it been costing me financially, but it’s negatively affecting my health, which in turn, could cost me money on medical issues in the future.
I usually drink at least 40 ounces of coke a day. I know that’s a lot, but I don’t drink coffee, so this was my way of getting the caffeine fix. To make matters worse, lately, instead of buying a case of drinks from the store, I’ve been swinging by 7-11 to get a fountain coke.
I’ve effectively created my own version of the latte factor. Let’s call it the “Big Gulp Factor”. Not a good habit.
You know what I’m talking about, right? Let me explain…the excess money that I’m spending on these drinks is money that I could be using for greater needs, like retirement savings.
The almost $100 I’m spending on soda every month is just plain dumb. That’s almost $1200 a year on cokes. Ridiculous, right? Time to at least invest in some cases of soda from the grocery store or Sams Club.
Too much soda could also cost me financially in the future because of any health related issues. If the soda pop keeps me overweight, I will have to spend money on a gym membership, weight-watchers program, or increased premiums on health and life insurance.
If I start to develop diabetes or some other disease brought on by poor diet, it could cost me a pretty penny in medical costs.
So what am I going to do about it? My goal right now is to go without coke for a month to see how it affects my budget and my waistline. At that point I may reinstate diet coke only in the mornings, just for that one pick-me-up.
Or I may just decide to go without it completely. My plan is to replace my soda habit with mostly water and Crystal Light peach tea (so good). I’ve found that this Crystal Light can really satisfy my cravings for something flavored. Wish me luck.
If you’ve been successful in giving up soda, I’d love to hear how you did it. Let us know in the comments below.
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