Small changes, big results: the Latte Factor

Small changes, big results: the Latte Factor

20 dec. 2023

5 min

Small changes in your daily spending habits can have a big impact on your finances!

Introduction

What are good ways to build long-term wealth? Apart from generating more income, you could also explore small changes in your daily spending habits and you’ll be amazed by the impact it has on your long-term wealth! In this blog, we’ll deep-dive on the so-called ‘Latte Factor’ and how you can implement this in your day-to-day activities. It can really help you to reach your financial goals.

Latte Factor explained

So what is this Latte Factor and how can it help you? It’s simple: the small amounts of money you spend everyday on non-essentials (e.g. a cup of coffee on your way to work) cost you a lot in the long run. Put differently, if you put those non-essential expenses in a savings or investment account instead, you’ll be blown away by what you can achieve. The Latte Factor can have a truly big impact on your financial well-being.

Latte Factor in real-life

Let’s have a look at a real-life example of Equip user Tom, who likes to have a breakfast (croissant and take-away coffee for €6) on his way to the office. Tom doesn’t think too much about this habit — but what does this actually cost him every year? We will show you step-by-step:

  1. Tom buys breakfast on his way to work 4 days a week

  2. Tom works 47 weeks per year, so he is buying: 47 weeks x 4 days per week = 188 take-away breakfasts per year

  3. The annual cost of his breakfast: 188 take-away breakfasts x €6 = €1128 per year!

So Tom is spending €1128 per year on his take-away breakfast! To put this into perspective: if Tom instead saved that money instead of spending it on breakfast on his way to work, he could buy a brand new iPhone every single year.

Putting this in a bigger perspective: if Tom would instead continue this saving habit for five years, he could actually save €1128 x 5 = €5640. With this money, Tom could go on a world trip, buy a (second-hand) car or consider another large purchase he has been dreaming of.

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