$$ Frugal Friday $$ Ditch the C02 for H20

Posted by on Friday, August 12th, 2011

One way we save money on our grocery budget is by making the switch from sodas to water.  Soda typically costs nearly $2.00 with tax for a 2 liter bottle.  The cost per ounce is higher on canned soda, or individual bottles.  And the most outrageous cost is for the individual chilled bottles at the checkouts. If we drank soda every day, my grocery budget for a family of 5 would easily increase by $20 or more per week.  Drinking soda would cost my family over $1000 per year.  I could plan a family vacation to the beach each year by drinking water and ditching the soda.  Another bonus is that water is a much healthier choice.

Here’s a repost on making your own flavored waters with fruit.  I find making flavored waters quite refreshing in these hot summer months.  And my water bottle is like a best friend to me.  It goes where I go so I rarely need to pay nearly $2.00 for chilled bottled water at the checkout.  So have I convinced you to make the switch and save the difference?  Your body and wallet will thank you!


Everyone needs to drink lots of water. A lack of water can lead to dehydration, fluid retention, and even headaches. Soda has long been the GO TO thirst quencher for many Americans, but water is a much healthier choice. Sodas are full of high fructose corn syrup which puts the pancreas into overdrive. Diet soda may be sugar free, but the chemical sweeteners are increasingly under scrutiny for their links to various cancers.

Ideally, one should consume anywhere from 6-10 8oz glasses of water a day, more if you are athletic. If you have trouble drinking enough water each day, why not try adding some fruit or herbs to quart jars of water for some pizzaz?

Before bedtime, add a few strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries to a couple of quarts of filtered water along with some mint leaves. Then place the jar in the refrigerator to chill overnight. Wash and slice some lemons, limes, or oranges and add the slices to a jar of filtered water. Or mix some lemon slices with strawberries. Toss a couple of frozen peach slices and pineapple chunks into a jar along with some lemon slices. Try fresh basil leaves with peaches for an interesting duo. The combinations are endless. The flavors of the fruit and herbs becomes stronger over time. Experiment a little to find an intensity of flavor that tickles your tastebuds. Let’s all commit to trade in our soda for water. Our bodies will thank us!

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5 Responses to “$$ Frugal Friday $$ Ditch the C02 for H20”

  1. Saraon 09 May 2011 at 4:28 pm 1

    Cucumbers are quite wonderful also! Give that a try sometime! Great post btw- water is sometimes hard for us to drink, but adding that natural flavor helps!

  2. Taraon 09 May 2011 at 5:03 pm 2

    Thanks Sara, I bet cucumbers would be tasty and refreshing in water.

  3. Pam Staffordon 12 Aug 2011 at 4:53 am 3

    Tara, thanks for everything you do on here with your posts. I know you are a busy wife and mom but you help me and others in so many ways and I bet you are not even aware of it! I am loving this new Frugal Friday posts! Thanks!

  4. carolinaheartstringson 12 Aug 2011 at 9:57 am 4

    Love the post. Great information. Come over and visit. We have a frugal favorite today too!

  5. Taraon 13 Aug 2011 at 8:39 am 5

    Thanks Pam for your sweet comments. And Carolina girls I will be over to your place soon!