Ever imagine how much money you’d save if you didn’t buy that fancy coffee drink every morning? We have.
A grande caramel macchiato from Starbucks costs $5.17 in New York City, including tax. If you get one every day, it’ll run you $1,887.05 per year. Here’s what else you could get for that price:
A) All-inclusive 5-night trip to Punta Cana for two: The trip, complete with airfare, food, and all the booze you can drink is only $1,298. You’d still have an extra $589 for fun excursions like snorkeling and boating while there.
B) NY Yankees Season Tickets: For $1,620, you can become a season ticket holder for the New York Yankees 2015 season. That means 81 home games plus $267 left over for beer, pretzels, and hot dogs.
C) Christian Louboutin Pumps AND a Louis Vuitton Clutch: Yes, ladies, you can have red bottoms and a Louis V bag for the price of your daily latte. The Louboutin pumps pictured here cost $675 and the Louis Vuitton clutch costs $775. Combined, that’s $1,450, meaning you’d have an additional $437 to spend on more accessories—perhaps a new pair of Dior Sunglasses?
What would you buy with an extra $1,887 this year? We presented these options to dozens of people and asked the question, “Which would you rather have?” Not one person chose the fancy coffee option. When given the total dollar amounts up front, everyone thought going on vacation, attending sports games, or buying awesome clothes was much more in line with how they envisioned spending their hard earned cash. So why do most of us still swipe our credit cards for that five dollar coffee every morning?
In small increments, spending a few dollars on caffeine each morning doesn’t seem like a big purchase, but in the long run it really adds up. Before you know it, you’re not living your dream life because you’re spending money on expensive little things like coffee that end of the day don’t make you nearly as happy as a tropical vacation in the middle of freezing cold February would. But it’s not your fault–most schools don’t teach us how to make a budget and stick to it. So how can we be at fault for something that we never had an opportunity to learn?
Yes, I know, budgeting sounds like such a boring and annoying word. When I hear the word “budget,” I automatically think of constraint and not being able to get what I want. But in reality (and especially here at Invibed), we see budgeting as a way to live the lives we want to live. It’s about being cognizant of all the stupid crap we waste money on that don’t really make us happy, and spending our money on awesome things and experiences that have meaning to us instead. If we want to take that summer vacation in Greece, we’ll make it happen, if we want to see New York Knicks lose in person at Madison Square Garden, we’ll figure out a way to afford it.
Interested in testing out this lifestyle? It all starts with a budget. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be breaking down how to create a budget and stick to it without causing much change to the way you currently live your life. We’ll give you the tools, motivation, and technology to make it happen. Before you know it, it’ll be summer and you’ll be taking that vacation in Italy that you’ve been dreaming about for the past few years…stay tuned!