It’s so easy to let everyday habits go unnoticed – but what if you know how much damage they do? From affecting your health and environment, these 5 everyday expensive habits are costing you more than you think.
Not only does smoking affect your health, but it also negatively affects your pockets. With a pack of cigarettes costing no less than $13, smoking could cut you back almost $3,000 a year! For long-time smokers, that’s a good $30,000 for a decade – which could pay for your child’s college fees.
A trip to the hair salon might set you back between $12 to $300 per visit. For those who goes every other month, this could mean you’re spending at least $72 a year (if it’s just a regular trim!). While we understand the importance of grooming, you can always look for a more affordable hair salon for that fresh new ‘do. Otherwise, you can also save more by buying deals online!
Plastic Bottled Water
According to Seaside Scavenge, about 20,000 bottles are being bought every second! This is detrimental to the environment, and more so on your wallets. Imagine buying 2 bottles of water everyday at $1 each, that would cost you a good $730 annually. While it could be a convenient solution to quench your thirst, try to reduce your usage and spending by bringing a reusable bottle wherever you go. In fact, the collapsible ones that are made today make a compact solution.
No doubt that some retail therapy could help brighten a bad day, it isn’t always a smart idea for your wallet. Instead, try a healthier way to relax and improve your mood – such as through meditation, exercising or even picking up a new skill.
Comparing With Others
In the words of Oprah: “You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.” Instead of comparing your lifestyles to the likes of others – or worse, imitating it blindly – identify what is important to you. If having the latest gadget is of priority (and it’s not wrong), you could save up for that purchase, or perhaps trade-off with another item on your want-list.