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 Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What a year of stuff costs

Starbucks latte*: £500 (one cup daily), £1000 (two cups)
Costa espresso*: £350 (one cup daily), £700 (two cups)
Tea: £100 (5 cups a day using teabags & kettle, plus milk)
* working year = 45 weeks

Cheapest Sky TV subscription: £258
Sky TV + Movies + Sport: £606
TV licence: £145.50 (colour), £49 (black and white)
Radio Times: £83.20 (turn up and buy), £90.20 (postal subscription)

The Guardian/Observer: £416 (subscription, including printed papers), £610 (turn up and buy)
Times/Sunday Times subscription: £208 (online only), £312 (including printed papers)
The Sun: £136 (paper), £60 (iPad)
Evening Standard: £0

4G smartphone subscription: £312 (1GB monthly limit, SIM only, 12 month subscription)
4G smartphone subscription: £492 (1GB monthly limit, 24 month subscription)
4G smartphone subscription: £612 (5GB monthly limit, 24 month subscription)

UK passport: £7.25 (£72.50 for 10 years)

Daily bath (medium depth): £98 (gas boiler), £291 (immersion heater)
Daily shower (5 minutes): £44 (electric shower), £200 (power shower)

London annual bus pass: £784
London travelcard zone 3: £920
London travelcard zones 1-2: £1216
London travelcard zones 1-6: £2224
Freedom pass: £0

Rail season ticket from Guildford to London: £3224
Rail season ticket from Manchester to Liverpool: £2800
Season ticket on the buses in Norwich: £640

Driving 5000 miles a year: £4700 (£15K car, petrol)
Driving 15000 miles a year: £7300 (£15K car, petrol)
Driving 15000 miles a year: £6800 (£15K car, diesel)
Driving 15000 miles a year: £11900 (£30K car, petrol)

Bottle of wine a week: £260 (£5 bottle)
Restaurant meal a week: £1000 (£20 meal)
Friday night down the pub: £1000 (1½ £13 rounds)

Childcare: £7127 (UK average), £9283 (London average)
Universal Credit (from April): £3739 (single), £5869 (joint)
State pension: £5587 (maximum)

Inspired by yesterday's post, I wondered how much buying a cup of coffee every day for a year cost. And then I wondered how much making your own tea for a year cost. And then I wondered how much buying lots of other things for a year cost. And then I put together the list above. It's probably wrong. It's definitely subjective. It's often approximate. Much of the evidence I've gathered from other pages on the web (click to view). If you have more convincing evidence, let me know. If I've missed out anything obvious, let me know. But if this doesn't perfectly match your lifestyle, sssh, that's not important.

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