Anyone that knows me early sees me drink anything besides water. Why is that? Well, beyond the health benefits of staying hydrated it is the most cost-effective drink you can have. Here are three ways water keeps money in your wallet.
Water makes you feel full, even if you're not. Not always, but most of the time the act of consuming something is enough of a placebo to halt any hunger pains until you are able to eat your meal. I drink a glass in the morning alongside my breakfast like how people have coffee, which actually dehydrates you (yay caffeine).
In the United States water is free in any restaurant, and, for the time being, is cheaper than a can of soda. There could be a water crisis in our near future, but presently water is in abundance (unless you are living in draught-ridden California) and it is available in major metropolises in water fountains and in your home from a faucet. Restaurants in America will give you water for free, which is always my beverage of choice.
Water is a nutrient. This final reason beats out all the rest. Water is great for blood circulation, maintains your body temperature, and can be found in foods as well as the tap! It's a greatly underused resource to staying healthy and frugal all at once.
If you love your soda, coffee, or other beverage all I ask is for you to try replacing a glass of the sugary stuff with a glass of water once a day. See how far you can go. In the beginning I went from drinking soda, to seltzer, to purely water with a dessert beverage once or twice a week (because I love sugar intake in the solid form over liquid).
The final thing I'll say is please don't buy bottled water. It's expensive and does nothing good for the environment once you toss the plastic. Either invest in a BPA free water bottle or go to a conference/outing where they hand them out for free. I finally asked for a Camelbak water bottle for Christmas and it has been my saving grace.
Happy Frugal Friday, Alyssa
My favorite water bottle ever, and I've had quite a few. Doesn't make any gross noises when you sip!