Becoming Debt Free in 2009

October 28, 2008

Budget Item #1- Stopping the coke habit

Filed under: Debt,Shopping — ambercouric @ 10:04 am

After looking at my budget items that need to be reconsidered, it looks like Diet Coke should be addressed first. I drink Diet Coke when I get up until I go to bed. I am addicted. It is a habit. I need REHAB. For about two years, I have often said I needed to stop drinking so much Diet Coke. I made plans to stop but I could never go for more than a few hours. My husband and kids would BEG me to drink. I get just a little grumpy without my coke.

I stated in a previous post that I spend about $75 on Diet Coke a month. The truth is that the wonderful drink costs me much more per month. You see if I run out of coke someone runs to the store where a lot more is spent. No going to the store for just one thing that would waste gas, right? So I’m guessing that I could save about $200 per month if I cut out having a great refreshing coke every waking hour.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE: I have not been to the store since Friday. No coke – no chips. And since I ran out of coke I am drinking two cups of coffee in the morning and water the rest of the day. My family is still alive. No one has begged me to move out. No one has threatened to move out. So all is well.  (I was going to keep a diary of the exact expense associated with my Diet Coke abuse but decided to save the money and just treat my addiction).

How is this going to help my budget? If I go through November with no coke, I will send an extra $200 to my car payment. Not only am I cutting down on the coke, I am cutting down on the snacks we buy when we have to make the quick trip for the coke.  If this works I will be able to add an additional $200 to my debt reduction plan each month.

I would actually become Debt Free a couple of months earlier.  I’ll drink to that.



  1. I rarely buy soft drinks anymore. I was an addict like you. Now, only when we go out and I buy a case once every 2 months… that’s how long it lasts now. I didn’t stop for savings reasons, two years ago, I was on a diet and stopped cold turkey. I don’t drink coffee, but I still drink A LOT of water… almost 100 oz. daily! It gets easier. I don’t even really crave it anymore. And I was a 12 pack a day drinker!

    Good job and good luck!!

    Comment by Kristie — October 28, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

  2. Hi there-well, what fantastic progress!! Treat yourself to some home made chips and an ice cold glass of water to celebrate!! Seriously, this is the way to go and hopefully this money will now be put to debt repayment!

    Comment by sharon rose — October 28, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

  3. Way to go! Sounds like you’re on the right track. You’ll save a lot, and drinking that much pop (even diet) can’t be good for you anyway.

    Comment by MadeMistakes — October 28, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  4. Congratulations! I should follow your example. Like Kristie above (who has quit), I am also a 12 pack a day drinker. (I am embarrassed to admit this!) I shudder at the thought of calculating how much is spent on this habit/addiction of mine! My goal is to cut down, but it would be much better to go cold turkey. I applaud you!

    Comment by Jennifer — October 28, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

  5. It really wasn’t as bad as I thought. I just started drinking lots of ice water or eating ice (we have the Sonic ice here at work) and I didn’t drink one for 6 months. One day I had one, it was like PURE SYRUP! I thought I would die. LOL Now I have gotten used to the taste again, but don’t buy them often because like a true addict, I know I will pick them up again. Water is better for you anyway. 🙂

    Comment by Kristie — October 28, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

  6. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

    And it’s amazing how the little things can add up.

    Comment by Sista Saver — October 28, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  7. I do understand your dilemna. I have a sugar addiction. I live for ice cream.

    Comment by cheryl — October 28, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  8. Sodas are so expensive! I love them, but only have them for a treat now. I think you have to splurge every once in awhile. 🙂

    Comment by MrsMoney — October 28, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

  9. Yay to you! Cutting out diet coke is not only good for your pocketbook, it’s good for your health too. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by frugalchick — October 29, 2008 @ 2:12 am

  10. good for you!!!! that is fantastic! I hope you keep it up! I can’t wait to hear how much exactly that you saved over the course of a month!!!!

    Comment by jpkittie — October 29, 2008 @ 7:44 am

  11. Way to go!! 🙂 That damn aspartame! It’s very addictive!

    Comment by frugal dreamer — October 29, 2008 @ 8:10 am

  12. Good job! And great that you recognized a financial drain (and have the will power to stop it!) I’ve been struggling a bit lately – will probably post about it later – but reading about your commitment is certainly helpful. Thanks!!

    Comment by Deb — October 29, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  13. Awesome job! Great for your budget, great for your health – it’s a big win-win. 🙂

    Comment by Frugal Babe — October 29, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

  14. Breaking that habit is a hard one! I am going through it myself. It is sooo hard but it sounds like you are doing wonderful!

    Comment by girlndebt — October 31, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

  15. I too am trying to kick a DC habit, soda has gotten so expensive here. It’s usually $4 a 12-pack and then CRV of $.60. I was spending $40-$50 a month on soda. I now have one at lunch and that’s it. I used to start my mornings with one, a weird habit I picked up from my mom. Now I stick with tea, it’s helped keep me in my grocery budget.

    Comment by Miss M — November 2, 2008 @ 11:38 am

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