5 Grocery Budget Killers and How to Avoid Them Part III

Part III – Skip the Pop and the Bottled Water

I love Dr. Pepper. I mean I L.O.V.E. it! Every time we’d come back from Thailand for a break (we lived there for 3 years) I’d run through the nearest drive thru as fountain pop is far superior. In fact if it had no budget/health consequences it would be my beverage of choice and yet I try and restrict myself because it’s a budget killer.

A good deal on pop is a 24-pack for $4 but even then if you’re like us, if it’s in the house we drink it. If not, we reach for water first. So I purposely avoid buying it in at that way we consume way less. If I really want one I am tempted to grab one from a vending machine but then I remember the cost. if you buy a soda every day from a vending machine at $1 a time, every year that’s $365!

If we’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water/day, why not reach for the H2O before the soda? The last thing most kids need (and to preserve your sanity!!!) is sugar and caffeine.

The health impact is big too. You need to walk for 20 minutes a day to burn off just 1 soda!!!

Another budget killer is bottled water. If you live in an area that only has bottled water then you may find yourself buying more bottled water but I know for us it’s one thing we don’t buy because of the environment. Another reason is I really don’t like the taste so we opted to buy some water bottles and instead I refill those.

Bottled water is big business right now with a lot more people on the health-conscious bandwagon. Estimates variously place worldwide bottled water sales at between $50 and $100 billion each year, with the market expanding at the startling annual rate of 7 percent!!!! Honestly, whichever way you slice it, it’s still just water and again, you’re paying someone for something you can do yourself!

We have a Brita water pitcher that we use. We simply add tap water and store it in the fridge. It needs filter every 3 months but they don’t cost a lot so it’s worth it.

For the other 4 tips check this out:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V


  1. Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) says:

    We are horrible about drinking soda. I need to remember that figure of $365 in a year just on soda!

  2. daphnemomof9 says:

    After spending many years with many kids liking soda, I've taken to limiting them to a soda a week, usually on the weekend during movie time. On top of that, I charge them for the privilege. It's helped quite a bit for being able to buy it on sale and not drink it.

  3. Heather says:

    soda is my killer also i'm so hooked but i do try to get it when its on sale even then I know it's alot I only buy bottled water for my husband for work and he refills those for a few days so that saves some.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Last summer I purchased bucko cases of pop for my son's graduation open house. We had some leftover and for weeks we were drinking it. What sickened me was to find dozens of cans of pop laying around half full and wasted! I vowed to never again buy my family pop in cans! Occasionally I will purchase a 2 liter bottle or two but pretty much for a year now we have been pop free! My husband's crutch is coffee and I am hooked on Lipton Green Tea with Citrus which I buy cheap at Sam's Club. The kids are fine with sweet tea (home brewed) or water which they add a flavor to.

  5. Joel and Amy Haldeman says:

    I recently talked to a guy in the business world who works with CVS quite a bit and said bottled water is one of their top money makers! I refuse to spend money on bottled water or soda!

  6. I L.O.V.E Dr. pepper too! It's my downfall. It's $5.09 a 24 pack here! And the other day our Krogers has it on sale at 5 for $11! That's $2.20 a 24 pack! Not bad!

    Robyn 🙂
    Mom All Day

  7. Jennifer says:

    I take bottled water to work because the water here makes me sick. Seriously, it's yellow.

    I have well water at home and have yet to find a filter that I like. I won't drink Brita.

    I think I need to stop being so picky!

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