Monday, May 5, 2008

Frugal Resolution of the Week

So I decided to start doing this thing I invented called Frugal Resolution of the Week, or FRoW. Each week, I'm going to try and find a way to reduce my expenses. Hopefully these small changes will begin to accumulate in big ways. My FRoW this week is to stop buying drinks. I'm referring to drinks such as Diet Coke or Iced Tea, not alcohol. If I did drink alcohol, I probably would have started with that since alcohol at Bars and Restaurants tends to be very expensive. But normal drinks are very expensive too. According to Cheap Eats, "fast food companies clean up on the margins for soft drink sales." And besides, water is healthier for you anyway. I know drinking only water can get boring, that's why I picked up some Wal-Mart brand drink powder that comes in little packets. I plan on carrying my water bottle when I'm at work and using the drink powder to add some variety. I got sugar-free apple juice and sugar-free cranberry apple juice. I believe drinking water when I go out will save me about 15-25% since I usually spend less than $10 and drinks tend to run about $1.50-$2.00.

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