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    What is your food/drink vice and what does it cost?

    We are big coffee drinkers. We only brew Starbucks at home. We probably buy a pound every 10 days, translating into $400 a year or so on coffee.

    My wife spends about $2.25 on a 44 oz. tea about 4 days a week, so that's another $500 a year.

    I eat a package of cherry sours about 5 days a week, and those run me about $1.50 at CVS. So that's about $400 per year.

    I love WalMart grape drink mix and drink it all summer - probably a pitcher a day. But that stuff is dirt cheap. I might spend $20 on that for a year.

    #2
    my vice is pizza and potao chips, i rarely eat them but when do i buy potato chips i usually eat the whole bag within tge day. i dont buy pizza, too greasy and costly, i make it maybe 4 times a year but again i eat it all

    those sweets of yours are not a good vice to have
    retired in 2009 at the age of 39 with less than 300K total net worth

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      #3
      Ugh. Not sure I want to calculate the numbers for this one.

      I will start by saying my food/drink vices change periodically. For awhile I was on a Sweet Tea kick. Steak subs were a several day a week thing for awhile. Right now I seem to be eating everything in sight so I really can't single out anything food wise for this one.

      Beverage consumption is a different story, and Diet Pop (Soda) is the vice. I typically drink two Big Gulps a day just while at work. That alone is about $400/year. What I drink outside of work varies daily, but I guestimate $300 to $400/year for that as well.

      I think it is time to cut back.

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        #4
        you dont realize you spend that much until its tallies up
        retired in 2009 at the age of 39 with less than 300K total net worth

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          #5
          Yikes!! i just tallied up my casual weekend starbucking and its $717 a year
          retired in 2009 at the age of 39 with less than 300K total net worth

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            #6
            Originally posted by 97guns View Post
            you dont realize you spend that much until its tallies up
            David Bach is rarely listed among recommended authors on the personal finance message boards I have been on. But his discussion about the "latte factor" really helped me get my spending under control many years ago.

            Back then it was dining out for lunch every day at work that was killing my wallet.

            I think my excess spending on pop/soda is an after effect of paying off our mortgage and not immediately (and automatically) reallocating those funds previously assigned to our mortgage.

            Hoping this thread has the same impact Bach's book had on me years ago.

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              #7
              Upon opening this thread I expected to see some hard core vices but those are tame or lame (lol). These are mines.


              Weekly
              1) Jack Daniels (small bottle), $17 per week x 52 weeks = $884 per year
              2) 12 pack of Heinenkens, $15 per week x 52 weeks = $780 per year
              3) occasional bottle of champagne $15 a month x 12 months = $180 per year

              Total per year
              $1844

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                #8
                I really can't think of anything that I buy regularly on a daily or weekly basis. Definitely nothing on a daily basis. When I go grocery shopping on Thursday, I'll sometimes pick up some treat in the bulk food aisle, usually either dark chocolate nonpareils or Jelly Belly jelly beans. So that might be $5-10 and what I buy will last about 3 weeks. That's about the only thing that comes to mind. And I don't always get something. So maybe $30/year.
                Steve

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by QuarterMillionMan View Post
                  Upon opening this thread I expected to see some hard core vices but those are tame or lame (lol). These are mines.


                  Weekly
                  1) Jack Daniels (small bottle), $17 per week x 52 weeks = $884 per year
                  2) 12 pack of Heinenkens, $15 per week x 52 weeks = $780 per year
                  3) occasional bottle of champagne $15 a month x 12 months = $180 per year

                  Total per year
                  $1844
                  Well I thought of my most expensive one when I first read the thread. And since I mix my Barcardi with Diet Coke, the Pop expense easily surpasses the alcohol.

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                    #10
                    Steve, being a doctor, which vices are worse for you, ranked highest to lowest?

                    Cigars
                    Lots of coffee
                    Daily booze
                    Daily cherry sours
                    Diet sodas
                    Red meat

                    I don't smoke or drink, but I do love me some cherry sours and Starbucks.

                    Blood pressure is "pre-hypertension", overall cholesterol is good but my tris are sky high. I'm 6'4, 218#.

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                      #11
                      Soda and carbonated water.

                      Since I don't have any other vices, I really don't give a flip about the soda. But I suppose that also goes with keeping it well within a reasonable level of moderation. I doubt I spend more than $10/month on the above. (No one else in my house will drink any of the above).

                      Of course, I don't buy the cheapest soda that I can find. I keep it to the 8 oz cans because those are reasonable servings. I've kind of gone round and round over the years, but that seems to work best for me. (Sometimes I buy 2 liters because they are cheaper, or sometimes I have only had soda when eating out. Every once in a while I stop buying the small cans because everyone picks on me how expensive those are. But I think I am at a point where I just don't give a flip because that does seem to work best for me).

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by TexasHusker View Post
                        Steve, being a doctor, which vices are worse for you, ranked highest to lowest?

                        Cigars
                        Lots of coffee
                        Daily booze
                        Daily cherry sours
                        Diet sodas
                        Red meat

                        I don't smoke or drink, but I do love me some cherry sours and Starbucks.

                        Blood pressure is "pre-hypertension", overall cholesterol is good but my tris are sky high. I'm 6'4, 218#.
                        Do you smoke or not? You said you don't but listed cigars first on your list.
                        It's hard to rank things but I'd say smoking is the worst, heavy alcohol use is probably 2nd (and by heavy I mean more than 1-2 drinks/day), and the diet indiscretions would be 3rd - that's where the high sugar, high fat issues come in.

                        Personally, I'm not convinced that diet soda is all that bad unless you're drinking a lot of it. I think one diet drink a day is okay. Drinking it all day long like it's water is not okay.
                        Steve

                        * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                        * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                        * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

                          Personally, I'm not convinced that diet soda is all that bad unless you're drinking a lot of it. I think one diet drink a day is okay. Drinking it all day long like it's water is not okay.

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                            #14
                            I don't normally pay for beverages outside of the home but I am a coffee drinker. We brew at home, but when DH is traveling I use the Starbucks Via packages to make myself a cup for convenience/laziness. I've not calculated the cost of my coffee habit, but I'd estimate that for the Via packages I spend right around $100 per year and consider it money well spent.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
                              Do you smoke or not? You said you don't but listed cigars first on your list.
                              It's hard to rank things but I'd say smoking is the worst, heavy alcohol use is probably 2nd (and by heavy I mean more than 1-2 drinks/day), and the diet indiscretions would be 3rd - that's where the high sugar, high fat issues come in.

                              Personally, I'm not convinced that diet soda is all that bad unless you're drinking a lot of it. I think one diet drink a day is okay. Drinking it all day long like it's water is not okay.
                              I may be dreaming this but it seemed like my dr said diet was just as bad because of the heavy sodium content instead of sugar, which affects your blood pressure ?

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