As hard as it was to do, I have given up coke for good. Not the expensive kind, mind you; I stayed away from that crap. But rather the high-fructose corn syrup kind that seemed to disappear down my throat the minute it was brought into the house…it is no longer welcome in our house.
I have 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? I am not necessarily doing it for financial reasons (although that does help) but rather for health reasons; that stuff is very bad for you. But it really has become a double-positive now that I have stopped drinking it!