July 18, 2011

How I'm saving $1,500 this year.

Last week I decided to cut out caffeine cold turkey. I'm on a mission to have a completely clean inner body come wedding time, and for me that includes nixing out all coffee, soda, and Sugar Free Red Bull.

I surprisingly haven't have one single 'withdrawl' headache, but I have been kind of air-headed and experienced a few days of...how shall I put this...being in super sleek bitch mode. PMS maybe? Okay, we'll blame it on that.

Just for Ha-Ha's I pulled out my calculator to see how much cash I'd be saving if I could make it through a year of not stopping at Dunkin' Donuts every morning for my Medium French Vanilla Iced Coffee with Extra Skim Milk.

$2.36 a coffee x 365 days in a year = $861.40

"No freaking way, I must have miscalculated."

$2.36 x 365 =

..........

$861.40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is two and a half of my car payments. That is ten months of my car insurance payments.

That is the Louie Vuitton Speedy bag I want ... need ... ok, fine, I want it.
{but I really do NEED it!}

Sugar Free Red Bulls were my best friend during twelve hour work shifts. I would easily drink at least three of them a week at $3.99 a can.

Math time:
$3.99 a can x 3 a week x 52 weeks in a year = $622.44

So by cutting out my daily caffeine fix, I'm saving around $1,500 in a year. You don't really stop to think about it when it's only $2.36 today, and another $2.36 tomorrow, but at the end of the week, month, and year those couple dollar bills and change really add up!

Do you have any money saving tips to share? Are you currently saving your quarters and pennies to treat yourself to something special?
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15 comments

  1. I used to smoke..so did my hubby..the money saved from our nasty habit is enough to take vacations..I love vacations so much more than smoking now :)

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  2. I really need to give up my caffeine addiction, I could be saving a lot of money! This post should me just how much I *could* be saving! Good luck!

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  3. I cancelled a credit card that I discovered was charging me $79.90 a MONTH in "security fees." Walking more, driving less. Cancelled (rarely used) gym membership; putting "Wii Fit" to good use + that "more walking" thing. I donated almost all of my "dry clean only;" $ saved + tax credit = big smiles. I have a kiddie wallet in my purse that I keep gift cards &coupons for things I'll really buy: dog food, shampoo - I check it @ the checkout before I get the "real" wallet! And, I'm really trying to reduce, reuse & recycle.

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  4. Crap. That puts a whole new perspective on my Starbucks addiction.

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  5. I have a friend who should read this. She will always complain to me like "Ohh mann, I can't have this $25 Anthropologie candle because I'm not supposed to be spending any money right now. We're really tight." Ummm, well maybe you should think about that when you spend $5/day on Starbucks Frappuccinos. $5/day x 5 days/wk = Figure it out dumbie!

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  6. DANG! That is a lot of moolla! I could not give up my morning coffee. But I at least never buy out for coffee. What a rip off. Why pay 3 bucks for a cup when it costs as little as 10 cents at home. And so right, you do NEED that bag, haha

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  7. Holy cow! That is incredible! Like you said, you really don't stop to think about it when you're spending a couple dollars here and there. But, those daily purchases really add up as your calculations prove!

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  8. That is amazing! Congratulations! I quit caffeine this May and haven't turned back.... Mind you I have quit before. I was off it for a year and then one day turned me back into the deep end! But I am determined this time. We can do it!

    I would suggest finding something else yummy to substitute. For me that has been Vita Coco Pineapple Coconut water. It is so hydrating and it give you a natural energy boost. I've heard people recommend it over Gatorade.

    Other money saving tips: EVOO is the perfect night moisturizer. Sounds gross but it works wonders.

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    rebeccakelsey.com

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  9. WOW!! When you add it all up that's a LOT!!! Good for you lady! :) Save those pennies and buy that bag I say! haha

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  10. Girl! You DESERVE that if you give up caffeine!! lol That's a brave move... I gave it up for a short time and it was hard!! Good luck :-)

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  11. Good job girl! That's so awesome and you deserve it!

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  12. Oh my god. Seriously?! that is a SERIOUS amount of savings! Good for you! Totally proud :)

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  13. I'm new to your blog! :) It's so cute! I LOVE purses too! I have way to many Coach purses and I'm to a Louie Vuitton next! :) There is a great ice coffee recipe on foldgers.com! It tastes just like Dunkins! :)

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  14. That's great, it's always good to save money. My saving tip is pack a lunch to work fruit and juice healthy way to go :). Try to do all your shopping at once.

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  15. That's awesome that you're saving so much money!! I definitely need to look at what we're spending money on to see if there's any superfluous items... hmmm...

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!! I think I've found a new blog to follow as well :)

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