10 “Sneaky” Expensive Habits That Are Destroying Your Finances

In our consumer culture, spending money on things you don’t need is easy. When you form a habit of purchasing non-essentials, it can take a massive toll on your finances.

From playing the lottery to getting your nails done, these habits can quickly empty your wallet if you’re not careful.

A simple grande vanilla iced coffee at Starbucks costs $3.95 and is one of the cheaper options on the menu. If you order one of those daily for a month, you’re shelling out almost $120.

Buying Your Coffee Every Day

If you already bought groceries to prepare your meal and opt to order out instead, you’re wasting both food and money.

Picking Up Takeout When There’s Food at Home

If you go out every Saturday night and have three gin and tonics, you’re paying $120 per month. Consider going out with friends and holding off on ordering drinks.

Drinking Alcohol

Preparing your meals at home rather than ordering or going out to eat can save you big in the long run. Even fast food restaurants like McDonald’s can cost around $15 or more for a meal.

Eating Lunch Out at Work

When you enter a casino, the odds are set against you. When you play slot machines, your chances of taking home a hefty prize range from one in 5,000 to one in 34 million.


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