Having a soft drink, tea or other beverage with your lunch can be a nice way to treat yourself in the middle of your workday. That drink, however, can also cost you some serious money in the long run, especially if you eat out a lot. Photo by JM Furman.
Spending $3 on a drink may not seem like much at the time, but it really adds up if you go out for lunch five days a week. That's why Jeremy Hartley at MoneyNing recommends you stick with water at lunch wherever you go. Most places will provide you free water or a small water cup for the filter. Not only will it save you a little money when you eat out, but it's guaranteed to hydrate you as well. In his own experiments, Hartley was able to save enough money every month to cover a full tank of petrol.
You don't have to give up non-water beverages entirely for this to be useful either. The key here is to save a little money with just one meal every day. That said, if you really want something special to drink, buy it in bulk at the store and bring it with you to have during or after lunch. You'll still save some money that way. Better yet, bring your lunch from home and save even more.