Financial Tip #5: Do you really need a large drink?

I try to stay away from fast food whenever I can but sometimes when you’re coming home late from work and you don’t want to cook for yourself, you just inevitably end up going for fast food. One of the problems with fast food is that it’s really not healthy for you. The problem gets compounded when you think about the combo meals and upsizing or supersizing your meal. However, have you really stopped to consider whether you need a large drink or a drink at all when you buy a meal?

Consider not getting a drink at all if you are just heading back home with your meal. You can easily have something that’s cheaper at home, perhaps water or a juice of some sort instead of dishing out $1.75+ for a drink. In the long run, if you can eliminate the drink portion from your drive thru visits, you can save a pretty hefty amount of money. The same concept can apply to when you are actually in restaurant. Ask for a cup for water. It costs you nothing, quenches your thirst, has 0 calories and it won’t make you feel guilty about your meal (the burger already does that work for you :).

While I’m on the subject, take a look at the value meals that restaurants have. Perhaps downsize your meal to just a couple of $1 burgers and value size fries. You’ll see that you spend $3+ less than if you get a combo. Feeling healthier about your choice and spending less. That sounds like a winning combination to me!

-The Lermz

The Lermz

Michael Lerma graduated the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with an Information Technology Management degree. He is currently a senior Project Manager with the Nielsen Company.

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