Save Over $300 a Year and Lose Weight

stack of hundred dollar bills

What do a plane ticket, a ukulele, and a night on the town have in common? They’re each things you could afford with the money many folks spend annually on sodas at restaurants.

In an old blog, I wrote about the importance of drinking water. Restaurants are a great place to take action because their calorie beverages are enormous and expensive. $2 is a common price for a soda at a sit-down restaurant. For many people, that could mean $4-$6 per week, or over $300 a year. But wait, do you eat out with your family? Maybe you should double that price…or triple it.

Small Steps to Choose Less Soda

Choosing water at restaurants can save you hundreds of dollars and tens of thousands of calories every year. If this change seems too challenging, here are a couple tips:

  1. Drink a glass of water before you decide on a calorie drink. Quenching thirst can strongly reduce the craving for soda.
  2. Drink a can of soda on the way to the restaurant, then order water. Cans are smaller and cheaper, so this is a nice intermediary step, one I’ve personally used successfully.

I’m Doing This Too

I’m writing on this topic because I started reducing my soda intake at the beginning of the year. I had none in January as I adjusted back to water, and now I enjoy roughly 1 a week. It’s great. I feel fresher.


Kyle Young

Kyle Young enjoys perusing and creating books, movies, and music, which makes his job as Director of Product Development at Full Plate Living quite fitting. In his free time he practices Tang Soo Do karate, in which he holds a green belt.

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