I have a vice. It’s not even particularly wicked but involves ice cream and chocolate and peanut butter. And bowls and spoons.

We’re not talking kinky. I’m talking about simple treats like a sundae in Ye Olde Soda Shoppe back in the 50’s, when there was not a vice to be seen or heard, at least out in the open.

I imagine most of us have some kind of weakness. Maybe it even involves watching old reruns with Don Johnson in his pastel cotton shirts and designer stubble.

Some vices are painless, and some, like gambling, can be costly in more ways than one. But even simple, harmless things can add up significantly.

Let’s take a closer look at my yummy vice.

If I buy ice cream with Reese’s peanut butter cups already blended in, I can get 1.66 litres for e.g. $8. Or…I can instead get two litres of vanilla ice cream and blend in some melted chocolate chips and peanut butter for about $5. Spending $3 less and getting 20% more is pretty tasty to me.

If I could, I’d have ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but alas, I have a touch of sensibility about it, and instead, my husband and I buy ice cream about once a week, and we’re lucky if it lasts three days. The brands and flavours may vary a bit and we can roll with the sale prices, but if we choose a cheaper option, $3 a week saved evolves into $156 saved over a year, with not a spoonful missed. Sa-weet!

$156 may not sound like that much, but multiply that by even just twenty products a year and you have over $3000 more to play with or to save, without missing out on anything. You could even fly off to Miami if you like! 

What’s your vice and can you think of any minor changes you could make to lead to substantial savings over time?

Just think, if you start taking after Don Johnson, you could save a ton of money on socks.

 

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