By Stas Bekman.
Published: 11 July 2006
There are certain habits that cost you a lot of money. If you are trying to make some savings, those habits could be the only thing standing in the way.
For example if you like getting a latte at your favorite coffee shop, let's say that you spend $3. Let's say that you don't get seduced to buy a muffin, and let's say that you don't buy more than once a day. That's about $1000 a year! What if you wanted to get some extras, so that it makes it $4 and get a muffin as well? Let's round it to $6, that's about $2000/year. What if you do get the drink twice a day? That's $4000/year. As you can see that's a lot of money spent. If you really have to drink those lattes, invest into a coffee machine and make those drinks by yourself. It'll save you a lot of money.
Same goes for smokes. According to this paper (http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/), in USA an average pack of cigarettes costs about $10 to consumers. If you smoke just half a pack a day, you end up spending almost $2000/year.
Now if you buy smokes and lattes, you spend a lot of money on those habits.
I'm sure you can identify other habits that are quite expensive, and which can save you a lot of money if you change those habits.
And if you are an investor, the $3 savings a day tells you a lot more. $3 a day is about $90 a month, which invested at eight percent interest over 10 years gives $16,000. In 20 years it gives $53,000 and in 30 years a whooping $134,000. (you can calculate this by yourself, using this investment compound interest calculator (http://www.csgnetwork.com/compoundint2calc.html))
Pack a Day: The Costs (http://www.chemheritage.org/EducationalServices/pharm/chemo/activity/pakday.htm)
Your Investment Money Away (http://www.ca.uky.edu/fcs/hsfp/updates/2006/update0161.htm)
Children Money Habits for Life (http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/youthdevelopment/DA6116.html)