My maths isn't that good, I can just about get by with the basics, add, subtract, multiply and divide, but hey, that's enough to work out the price of food. The thing is, sometimes it is a good idea to work out how much something is costing annually if you buy it on a regular basis.
It may not seem very much when you open your purse and get a cup of coffee every day on your way to work, but multiply it by how many days you work in a year, and it is a heck of a lot. Not that I would ever leave home without a cup of coffee in the morning, but some do.
Popping into the newsagents for a paper can be a costly habit if you do it every day. Try and get out of the habit and see how you are quids in every month. It's worth sitting down and doing a few sums, what starts off as one small purchase can unbalance your finances if it turns into 5 a week, 20 a month, or 240 a year.
This is a little sum I did. I buy the Tesco cartons of orange at 62p each. If I buy one every week that will cost me £32.24 a year. (If the price doesn't change)
If I dilute it 50/50 with water, I only need to buy half that amount, 26 cartons, that will cost £16.12. But I dilute it 25% juice, 75% water, so I can get my annual consumption down to 13 cartons costing £8.06, and you can still taste the orange.
I dont buy cans or bottles of fizzy drinks, too expensive and too much sugar. This is what I drink at home during the day, after my one cup of nescafe in the morning, and if I go out I make up a plastic bottle of diluted juice to take with me.
I only get fruit cordial when it's on special offer. The lemon juice is similar to Jif lemon, but cheaper, usually found on the continental speciality food section. Sometimes I get Tesco lemon juice, but I found this lime juice was cheaper at 48p. Lemon or lime, doesn't matter to me, all the same.
So to make my drink I usually use a mug and not a glass, sometimes hot or sometimes cold water. You only need a splash of juice, just to give the water a hint of flavour, the bottle lasts ages. When I make a lemon or a lime drink I add a half teaspoon of honey, just to take the sourness off it. Sometimes I will mix the juices and leave out the honey, it works just as well. You get loads of drinks out of a bottle, and it is a good way to encourage you to drink plenty of water, if you don't like the taste of plain water, I think it's horrible. So no excuses for not drinking enough, this way it's cheap.
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