Well, right off the bat I am guilty of 4 of these...YIKES. My husband and I are trying to get on a budget and this was given to me by my finaancial planner. Click the link below to see the whole article...
rinking Soft Drinks
Let's put the price at $1.50, which is about what you'd pay for a 16-ounce bottle of Pepsi or Coke at a gas station. Paying $1.50, if you have one soda a day, you've spent $547.50 a year (before tax). If you have three a day, you've just flushed away $1,642.50.
Reading Gossip Magazines
Here's what the major gossip mags cost per issue on the newsstand: Life & Style, $3; Us Weekly $4; OK!, $3.50; Star, $4; In Touch, $3; People $4. The average person chooses two. Figuring on an average of $3.50 each, that would cost $7 a week.
Annual subscription cost for one a week: $78
Annual cost if it's People: $116
Annual subscription cost for two a week (People and one other): $194
Annual cost for one off the newsstand each week: $182
If caffeine didn't give you the jitters before, this annual figure will: $1,442. That's the cost ($3.95) of a midsized ("grande") cappuccino at a Starbucks, multiplied by 365. Subtract weekends from that because you're not at work, and it's still $1,031 over the course of the year.
Playing the Lottery
Playing the lottery gives you hope, right? It's fun. It's a good time finding out that today, once again, isn't going to be the day. Annual cost for playing one set of numbers a day: $365
Getting Fries With That
On average, a combo meal costs $6 for a burger, fries, and soda. The burger, by itself, costs $3.79, and a medium soda by itself costs $1.69. Together, they're $5.48 before tax, or 51 cents cheaper if you forget the fries. That 51 cents may not seem like much, but it adds up. Have fast food once a week and you'll spend $26.52 a year. Three times a week, and you'll spend nearly $80.