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Can Skipping Soda Fund Your Next Vacation?

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Here's an interesting, good-for-you, practically painless way to save money.

kids drinking soda

Recession Mama: I read an article about a super frugal family. They said that they never ordered soft drinks in restaurants, and with the money they saved, they were able to pay for a vacation at the end of the year.

I couldn't believe it. How much soda were these people drinking anyway? Where were they vacationing -- the Motel 6 just outside the city limits? Then I started to do the math. My family of five goes out all together at least a couple of times a week. My husband packs a lunch for work, but still goes out maybe once a week. I also go out to lunch at least once a week.

Depending on the restaurant, you can expect to pay between $1.50 and $3.50 for a soda. If we cut out the sodas (or juice, milk, whatever), we'd save an average of $30 a week. A week! That's more than $1,500 a year.

Enough, according to, for a Vegas vacation at the Paris Hotel, including air from L.A., for all of us -- or seven nights on a beach in Fiji, with a few hundred in spending cash for just me.

Tough decision ...

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Jim May 20, 2009, 8:10 AM

Assuming the money saved isn’t funneled into something else frivolous, something I’d be likely to do.

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