Below, we explore some of the most common unhealthy habits in America, and the average cost of those habits annually.
While you might enjoy lighting up despite the known health ramifications, smoking cigarettes can cut into your savings fast. In the U.S., a pack of cigarettes averages $5.51, but in most states it costs between $6-$8. The most expensive cigarettes in New York cost $12.85/pack. Times that number by 365 in a year, and you're looking at $4,690.25 dollars spent annually (if you smoke a pack a day.) The cost of cigarettes, combined with the cost of smoking on your health (90% of lung cancer is a result of tobacco use) is a lose-lose. If you're trying to quite smoking, there are some wonderful natural alternatives to help fight the craving, like Smoker's Replacement below. (I know because I was a former smoker.) If you're interested in this product or any of the natural supplements and remedies from our affiliate, Natural Healthy Concepts, be sure to check out our special promo code, exclusive to TCMers, below.
The average American drinks ~50 gallons of soda and other sugary drinks, like sporst beverages, per year. Suprising? With the rising obesity epidemic, it might not be such a shock. But what might be suprising, given that Americans view soda as a low-cost alternative to other healthier drinks on the market (like green juices or Kombucha), is the cost of buying this much soda, which amounts to about $350 annually, per person. Besides wreaking havoc on our wallets, science shows us that consuming soda can also wreak havoc on our bodies. The risk of obesity increases by 1.6 percent for each additional can of soda you drink daily.
Your Fancy Latte
That fancy morning latte might be costing you more than you think. One Venti Caffe Latte (at $4.15 from Starbucks) per day (not including additional add-ons like flavored sweeteners) adds up to over $1,500 annually. If you do add sugar-laden or even sugar-free sweeteners, you can be doing damage to your health as well as your pocket - leading to caffeine and sugar crashes that make you want to, well, buy another latte. Opt for a Tall or Venti Green Tea instead. Or, better yet, bring your own cup of brewed green tea from home, and invest in a resuable, BPA-free coffee cup to bring it with you on-the-go!
Take Out Lunches
If you live in New York City, which most of you TCMers do, you know that eating lunch out can be costly. At $10 on average, the cost of buying lunches daily can round out to $3,600 a year. Compare this to the cost of boxing your own lunch with healthy alternatives from your home: ~$4/day. Not to mention that the lunch you pack is more likely to contain healthy ingredients and keep you on your fitness track. Plus, without fancy sauces, loaded salt content, and questionable ingredients in take-out lunches, you know exactly what you're consuming when you pack your own lunch.
An average family of four loses about $40/week in food that has gone bad, a number that can really add up. To reduce food waste, consider making shopping lists before you hit the grocery store and don't overbuy. Not only is this an expensive habit, it's also an unsustaniable one; with the growing wealth divide in the U.S., so many people are going hungry. Consider the families that you could have fed with the food that has gone bad. But, still, there are other alternatives. If you do have food waste you are looking to recycle, check out some of the amazing things you can do with it by reading our last article or looking into these tips on how you can convert food waste into nutrient rich compost for your plants or garden.