Coffee. Alcohol. Fast Food. Smoking. None of these classic vices are good for you, but what do they cost you in dollars and cents? New Zealand’s Stuff.co recently took a look at the financial cost of each of these four vices, spurred on by the skyrocketing cost of cigarettes on the island nation, where a pack of smokes recently hit about $25 — about $17.50 U.S. — and will climb to $30 ($21 U.S) by 2020.
For a pack-a-day smoker, the annual bill for their habit runs about $9,125 — almost $6,500 in the States. How do the other vices stack up? First up, the drinkers.
In New Zealand, a drink will run you between $6 and $10, depending on where you imbibe, or about $4.25 to $7 in the U.S., though those are low-end estimates for anyplace other than your neighborhood pub.
If you venture out once or twice a week — or one big blowout — you could be buying 10 to 15 beverages, costing about $135 a week or $7,000 a year ($95 a week, $4,905 here).
Looking at coffee, Stuff placed the price of a cup of coffee at $5 for a flat white, latte or cappuccino, though it’s possible to get your fix much cheaper with instant coffee or regular ground.
Folks who drink a flat white per day spend about $35 per week or $1,825 a year — $25 a week or just under $1,280 a year.
And then comes fast food.
Fast food obsessives who order, say, an $11 ($7.75 U.S.) Big Mac combo every day — though that seems excessive — spend about $1,700 ($1,190 U.S.) annually… not to mention the almost guaranteed medical bills that come with eating a Big Mac a day for a year. Just ask Morgan Spurlock.
So how do those hard-drinking, coffee-guzzling, fast-food-eating folks stack up against smokers?
Well, to burn through a smoker’s annual vice budget of $9,000 NZ ($6,500 US), you’d have to drink five flat whites a day (that’s 1,825 cups of coffee – enjoy the jitters), eat two Big Mac meals a day (barf), or consume 1,000 alcoholic drinks (20 per week).
Are you rethinking your yearly budget?