Consumers, a simple thing like not ordering a soft drink when dining out can save you quite a bit of money. Instead order water with lemon. It is free and you can have as much as you want. To illustrate the savings I have priced fountain drinks at a few area restaurants. *Applebee's - $2.29. *Olive Garden - $2.35. *Max & Erma's -$2.59. *Ruby Tuesday's - $2.35. Now if you eat lunch out 5 days a week it will save you approximately $12.00 dollars rounded up. That is 3 gallons of gas for your car. If you are dining out with your family you can see how quickly that adds up on the bill also. My advice is to drink your favorite soft drink at home and stick with the water when eating out. I have been doing this for years and so does my son. My husband still likes to order his diet coke when ordering out but occasionally will go with the water with lemon. For now happy dining!

Laurie, The Bag Lady