One of the simplest ways to tighten up an out of control grocery budget is to learn to love water. I don’t mean the 20oz bottles of the stuff, either.
The second? Get to know serving sizes. Drink all the water you can handle, but when it comes to OJ and other fruit juices, use a juice glass. Don’t have one? Break out your liquid measuring cup and get to know what 6oz looks like. I’ll give you a hint it’s a whole lot less than a pint. But Heather, I’m supposed to get 5 servings a day, thats still a lot of juice I can have, right? Try an apple, not only is it cheaper, but you get the fiber, too. It might not be a polite topic of conversation, but most Americans aren’t getting anywhere near the fiber they need. Healthy adults who get adequate fiber usually don’t have many GI complaints. Fiber keeps things truckin’ on through, in the colorful language of my kid’s GI doc.
Milk, it does a body good, right? 3 servings a day is all you need. Do you remember the 1/2 pint cartons that came with school lunches? That is a serving. Once again break out your liquid measuring cup and learn what 1 cup of milk looks like. Cheese on your sandwich, a yogurt with lunch and a glass with dinner. Well, that wasn’t too hard was it?
But Heather, I LIKE soda. It’s fine to like soda, you’ll have a hard time prying Dr. Pepper completely from my life. Just keep soda to where it belongs, in the treat category. It’s not just your budget on the line, it’s your health, too.
If you want the caffeine and a reduction in sugar, try iced tea. It’s significantly cheaper than soda.
If it’s just flavor you crave, try floating slices of citrus in a pitcher of water. Personally I like the flavor of cucumber water. Give it a try, then try it again. Sometimes it takes a few days to reset your tastebuds if they are used to sweet and syrupy treats.
How do you cut the beverage budget?