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A Flashy Look at What We Spend on Food
What is it about seeing expenses drift across a screen that is so hypnotizing? Take a look at these numbers from users of the personal finance-tracking site Mint.com:
$8.43: How much money they spend every time they go to the coffee shopA recent video, Eat, Drink and Be Thrifty, documents how much cash Mint.com users spend on food and dining. As the numbers tumble across the monitor to fast electronic beats, they all mash together before ending with one final number—$581.46: the total monthly spending for food and drink.
Seeing the actual dollar amounts of what you spend every month is always sobering, and this video prompted us to do our own back-of-the-envelope number crunching. The figure that jumps out isn't the usual "I spend how much on coffee every month?" rather something we call the Lunch Reckoning. The recognition that, yes, you should be bringing your lunch to work. That you wind up buying lunch more times than you'd care to admit. That you blew $11 on the cafeteria's arctic char platter just the other day. And when you do the math, you realize you could probably have a weekly housekeeper if only you could get a grip on...the Lunch Reckoning.
As we work on this, one lunch at a time, tell us, what's your reckoning? What's the one food- or drink-related expenditure you regularly make, budgeted or not?