H20 Helps Your Waistline and Pocketbook
Drinking more water and less juice, soda and other sugary drinks can save you a few pounds, but also some hard-earned cash. A few dollars spent each week on sweetened drinks can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars a year at the grocery store, restaurants, vending machines, and other places.
When it comes to sugary beverages, Americans are big spenders. According to Beverage Digest, Americans spent $73.9 billion on regular and diet carbonated soft drinks in 2009. That figure grows to $115 billion when you include non-carbonated beverages such as juice drinks, teas and energy drinks.
What’s the easiest way to give your wallet and waistline a break? Drink more water and less sweetened drinks. Here’s how:
- Order tap water when you’re at a restaurant — In the U.S., it’s free in most places. A family of four can save $10 or more on the bill by ordering water instead of soda. You can also ask for tap water at fast-food restaurants
- Bring a refillable water bottle wherever you go and refill it throughout the day. That way, you won’t spend money on vending machines or buying bottled water.
- Switch to tap water. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates public water systems to ensure they are in compliance with national standards and uses health standards to ensure safety. By switching to tap water, you can save money and be green at the same time. If you want to add some flavor to your water, add a piece of fruit, such as a lemon or strawberry.
So the next time you’re thinking about buying a sugary drink, do the math — it may be $2 a drink, three times a day, totaling $42 a week, or over $2,000 a year. Then think about the benefits you’ll gain by drinking water — a trimmer waist line and more money in your wallet. The decision may not be difficult after all!
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