I love this new campaign by British Gas getting you to think about where you money really goes; they have an enlightening video titled “What five things couldn’t you live without?” that actually helps you realise that our daily indulgences can actually cost us more than our essentials (like energy costs). Especially when you consider one individual in the video spent £150 a month on makeup, another person spent £120 on just one pair of jeans and a third said it costs £3,000 to fill his boat with fuel!!! We all have different interests and lifestyles but regardless we will always find something to spend our disposable income on, even my frugal living dad would be lost without his Sky Sports subscription.
Obviously the main things I need are my family and gorgeous dog Summer that goes without saying, but we all have a weakness for something else too. Mine would be homemade cakes, takeaways, the occasional cooked breakfast at the local cafe, the cost of hiring DVD’s to watch with hubbie and stocking up on wine for those nights in with the girls every now and then. None of these are essentials for us to live; they are just little treats that help keep me sane on a weekly basis…
But when you calculate how much you can potentially spend on extras it does soon add up! It makes you put into perspective how little it costs to fuel your house, especially when I can easily drop £3 a day just on a decent slice of cake and that’s then gone in seconds!
The video shows how few people actually have any idea how much energy costs a day and if I am honest I would be joining them with that guesswork. So it’s pleasing to hear the average daily household energy cost is just £3.16, only slightly more than my cake habit! You can see from the reactions from the video everyone is pleasantly surprised by the news, I certainly felt the same. You always think your money goes on the boring essentials in life but at that price you quickly realise how much more you actually spend on treats!