1. I haven’t quit diet coke altogether but I have cut way down. I started drinking tea in its place about half the time. The rest of the time, I drink water. The savings is nice, but I also enjoy not having to deal with a recycle 2-liters all the time.

    • I’m with you on the tea, and I’m also trying to drink a lot more water. I’ll still have the occasional Diet Coke, but it’s not on my shopping list anymore. So many good reasons to switch. For me, the moment it was hard to give it up was the moment I realized I was probably overdoing it. So glad you stopped by!

    • The latte effect 🙂 It’s really incredible how a few dollars here and a few dollars there can add up over time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Carmen!

  2. Hannah

    I’ve managed to limit my diet coke consumption to fast food restaurants and convenience stores. Thankfully, I don’t frequent either one more than one time per month. I figure $2-$3/month is a habit I’m willing to keep.

    • I’m right there with you. It was truly so hard for me to kick the habit, I’m afraid if I drink it more than once a month or so, I’ll be right back where I was. Little indulgences here and there are great, though!

  3. Im not a big coke, coffee or tea drinker but my vice is definitely fruit juice. Im working on cutting down and making the switch to squash more as I know that cutting down will be better for our budget and my health.

    • Juice is tricky, because it seems like it should be so healthy. But often times the juice I find myself reaching for is laden with sugar. Sounds like you’ve got a great plan.

  4. Kate

    Congrats on kicking the Diet Coke habit! I had a nasty Diet Dr. Pepper dependency that I kicked in 2010. My last soda was on the day of our wedding over 5 years ago! *back pat*

    I would say my favorite frugal habits are my Netflix subscription and my library card. I stopped buying books and DVDs around the time my husband moved in with me in early 2009, and that has saved so much money.

  5. A kindred Diet Coke addict! I quit just over a month ago, and while I feel better, I still miss the ‘treat’ aspect of it… even though I didn’t really need a treat five or six times a day. I’m still looking for a frugal non-food treat substutute.

    • I will indulge once in a blue moon. It’s my vacation treat! Ha! I swear I can still recognize the difference between a Diet Coke can opening and any other. That magical fizz! I’m trying to treat my loose tea as more of a treat by branching out. And I keep hoping one day I’ll like infused water as much as soda. 😉

    • At first, I switched to other drinks. I drank a lot of iced teas or even sparkling water. That didn’t make it any cheaper, but it helped ease the pain some! Still, it’s one of the most challenging habits I’ve ever had to break. Good luck!

  6. wealthfromthirty

    Nice working kicking the Diet Coke habit! I found when I was cutting down on beer, switching to unflavoured soda water made it far easier than just going cold-turkey.

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