May 052011

I think the term “The Latte Factor” was coined by David Bach, a personal finance expert, and the gist of it is that we can save a significant amount of money by reining in our small expenses, such as our afternoon Starbucks latte at $4 a pop.  If you cut out the expense entirely, or switch to a less expensive habit, and then put the money in a savings account earning 1% interest, here’s the result:

  • Skip latte- Savings: $1474.60/year
  • Replace dinnertime wine with soda- Savings: $787.80/year
  • Replace dinnertime soda with water- Savings: $262.60/year
  • Skip dessert (a typical serving of cookies and milk, ice cream, or brownies)- Savings: $737.30/year
  • Switch breakfast from cereal to oatmeal- Savings: $368.55/year
  • Skip weekly manicure- Savings: $1050.40/year

Some of these expenses I’ve already cut, but some I haven’t, and I’m curious as to what small, recurring expenses other people have that they might nix.  If you’re wondering how to the do the calculations above using your own expenses and interest rates, check out David Bach’s cool Latte Factor Calculator.

Viva Harris

+Viva Harris writes The Daily Citron, a fun blog about setting goals, saving money, staying organized, and enjoying life in the process. Don't want to miss any tips? Sign up for the free Daily Citron Weekly Newsletter.

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