Soda Is So 2017. Here’s How to Save on Our New Favorite Drink, AKA Water

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As Americans, we love our coffee. We also have an affinity for soda.

Bubbles and caffeine are longtime friends for most of us.

But we should drink more water. We all know it.

Actually, it appears that we not only know it, but we’re actually doing it! A new survey shows that bottled water is America’s favorite beverage.

Great! Now let’s stop being dumb about our water consumption.

Harris Poll Shows That Bottled Water Is Tops

A new Harris Poll, conducted on behalf of the International Bottled Water Association, surveyed 3,000 Americans ages 18 and older, and for the first time ever, bottled water was at the very top of the list of preferred beverages.

The poll states that 94% of respondents believed water is a healthier alternative to sodas. Well, it’s hard to argue against that.

In the same poll, 63% of respondents stated that bottled water — still, carbonated or flavored — is among their most preferred beverages. Coffee came in second at 62%, and soda showed up in third place at 58%.

This is good news in many ways. Americans are becoming increasingly health-conscious, and drinking more water is one of the simplest things you can do to stay healthy.

But come on, people. By now you should know that bottled water costs can be unhealthy for your finances.

Try These Alternatives to Save on Bottled Water Costs

It’s time to get healthier with your body and your finances in 2018, and your water consumption can help you with both.

Stop buying bottled water.

We get it; sometimes it’s the easiest option when you’re out. Fine. But when it comes to stocking up at home or at the office, there are better alternatives out there.

Consider investing in a reusable water bottle you really like. Sure, you’ll pay more upfront, but you’ll save a bundle when you fill it at a water fountain.

At home, consider a water filter pitcher or a water filter that snaps right onto your faucet. Honestly, you’ll end up with water that is just as healthy as what’s in the bottle without the expense or plastic waste. It’s a win-win.

Love the bubbles? I hear ya. Ever since my wife and I did the Whole30 diet, I fell in love with flavored sparkling water. But buying case after case of your favorite flavors can really add up.

Consider a SodaStream, or use another method to make your own flavored fizzy water. This guy even got creative and started using a kegerator.

In the end, your No. 1 goal is to keep drinking water. But if you can find a way to save money at the same time, your wallet will be as healthy as your body.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.