Cutting Out Coca-Cola Has Saved Me A Ton Of Dough…Both Kinds Of It.


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Both the kind in my wallet and the kind around my waist. You see, I have a problem…I am addicted to Coca-Cola. There, I said it. For all my environmental green-ness, I drank Coke like it was water. And I have noticed in recent years as I got older that the Coke was starting to show up right around my midsection while at the same time it was stealing money right out of my wallet. Plus, the high fructose corn syrup in it is linked to so many bad things that I wanted out. (Look for a future article) So I did something about it.

I stopped buying it.

Well, kind of…I am still allowing myself to have some when out at dinner or at the movies (which is so rare it might as well not be a rule). But still, it is something to look forward to every once in a while. How much do I estimate that I am saving by no longer buying it for myself at home? At $2.99 or so per 12 pack of cans, I drank probably 2 12 packs a week. (Told you I had a problem). So that is $6.00 per week. $24 per month. $288 per year, give or take. Since I have been drinking Coke like this for many, many years, I estimate I gave the Coca-Cola company thousands of dollars for their syrup water.

Combine the money aspect with the fact that Coke is just watery high fructose corn syrup and caffeine, it was not a very wise use of money. So I stopped. And while it was rough at first, I now reach for big tall glasses of filtered tap water instead, which is healthier for me and costs me nothing to drink. And now I feel better and actually have more energy!

Do you have any addictions that you have been trying to get rid of or have gotten rid of that have had a positive impact on your health or finances?

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  1. I am faced with the same challenge of quiting sugary drinks.. I have found put that I can’t gut them out completely, While I never drank a 24, a week, I know it hard.

    I substitute pepsi / coke, with a combination of the following

    Coffee (just 1 a day)
    Iced Tea
    other fruit juice (like orange juice, or fruitopia)

    But you can even consider some of the juicy fruits.. Apples, Oranges, Kiwi, and so-forth.

    I do spoil myself time-to-time, but mainly not.

    Now only if I can kick the coffee buzz …


  2. Cigarettes.. they’re so awful for you, and I’m so embarrassed when I want to have one in front of friends that don’t smoke.. But at the same time I don’t feel like I can make it throught he day without them.. When I first moved into my apartment that allowed smoking I was easily killing a pack a day @ $4.50 each thats $31.50 a week… $126 a month… $1512 a year… and now that I’m trying to get back into shape and quit smoking, I can barely run a mile without wanting to die.. Gotcha beat, Dave 😉

  3. Give up coffee? Never! At least with coffee we buy organic, free trade beans so I don’t feel too bad about it.

    You do have me beat MacKash…that is, except for my heroin, meth, crack and ecstasy addictions….

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