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Infographic: How Much Do People Spend On Coffee, Lunch and Gas for Work?

Posted March 20th, 2012 in Frugal Living by Jeremy Waller

I’m sure you’ve heard before how quickly things like coffee and lunch can add up if you’re buying them every day. Anecdotally, I’ve talked to a number of people who are making coffee at home and are bringing leftovers for lunch to save money.

However, according to this year’s Accounting Principal’s Workonomix Survey, there are still plenty of people that are spending bucket loads of cash buying coffee and lunch every day.

Half of the American work force chooses to buy coffee every day and over 50% of people who buy coffee are spending more than $20 per week – over $1,000 per year.

Nearly a quarter of the people surveyed prefer to dine out for lunch, spending $37 per week on average – or almost $2,000 per year.

Here’s a neat infographic that lays out some of the findings (click for full size image):

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Michelle says:

    I bring my lunch nearly everyday, saves tons!

  2. Modest Money says:

    Well I’m not a coffee drinker. So I’m glad I’m saving on that expense. I do like to buy lunch instead of bring a packed lunch though. I just can’t find something that I like enough to bring it for lunch on a regular basis.

    Regarding the infographic, it’s not surprising that younger people spend more on lunch. They are less worried about healthy eating and long term finances. Plus they might not have had the opportunity to buy meals in the past.

  3. I don’t buy coffee outside of work, but maybe that’s because my employers coffee is quite good? I also pack a lunch. I work hard to make money, I don’t want to be spending it working 🙂

  4. I think I fall into the average of about $25/wk. I drink a lot of coffee, but I do make a lot of it myself, which does save. I hit Starbucks maybe twice per week.

  5. Miiockm says:

    I don’t believe at all that the average amount spent on coffee a week is $25. I drink coffee a lot and I’m at maybe half that. Venti mocha fraps shouldn’t count as coffee either.

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