Bought Coffee and the Long-Term Costs

Bought Coffee and the Long-Term Costs

Bought coffee is delicious and super convenient, unfortunately it’s also one of those creeping expenses that can sneakily add up over the years. Spending a couple dollars a day is barely noticeable, but it quickly adds up and can easily end up being the same price as a vacation or even a down payment on a home. This article will look at the long-term effect of buying coffee and in extension other similar small expenses.

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How big can this “coffee effect” really be? Well, an extreme example would be someone that buys a Grande Starbuck Lattee five days a week. This $4.69 tasty beverage quickly adds up to $1,219.40 a year and in 20 years this equates to about $41,767 (assuming a real interest rate of 5%.) Thankfully, most people don’t do this, but this helps illuminate how small purchase can quickly add up.

Below, we can see how the “coffee effect” is more likely to affect a Canadian. For the example, I’ve shown how a coffee that costs $1.90 adds up over time. Theoretically, coffee prices increase overtime, but this can be mathematically negated by using a real interest rate of 5%.

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So we can see that the price of coffee can quickly add up and keep you away from achieving your goals in life. A person only earns a finite amount of income a year and a dollar spent here is a dollar taken from somewhere else. Now, I’m not telling anyone to stop drinking coffee, but instead showing that there are always opportunities to save.

A big savings can be found by substituting bought coffee with a reasonably priced machine. For example, an individual that buys a $2.25 coffee five days a week would save about $1,600 over five years, which is enough to go on a great trip to Europe or an extra mortgage payment.

Overall, the “coffee effect” demonstrates how small expenses can quickly add up over and prevent you from achieving your financial goals.

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