Avocado Toast is the craze everyone’s talking about recently.
An Australian millionaire, Tim Gurner, made headlines last week for saying millenials are unable to afford homes because of all of their incessant purchases on Avocado Toasts.
“When I was buying my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for 19 bucks…”, said Gurner on Australia’s 60 Minutes.
19 bucks for an Avocado Toast! That’s quite a lot to spend on a simple and “sophisticated” meal!
Now what if I told you there’s a way to have Avocado Toast and 4 coffees everyday and still be able to save up enough for a house?
The Recipe For Success
Alright, the first thing you will need are the ingredients:
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Loaf of Bread
- 12 Eggs (Optional)
- Butter (Optional)
Wait, SP, are you going to teach us how to make it ourselves?
Yep, that’s the plan!
Because making food at home is way more cheaper than eating out! And by developing a habit on cooking your meals at home instead of eating out will allow you to save more money and start saving up to the big purchases you want to buy.
We’re not all like Tim Gurner. We might not have a family member who would be willing to give us a $34,000 loan to jumpstart our businesses and magically become the next property tycoon.
But for everyone else, and people in general, we all have a set of hands, which we can use to make beautiful things.
And for this article, we’re going to be making beautiful Avocado Toasts… for way cheaper than 19 bucks.
The Cost of the Recipe
As I live in California, the home of the avocados (I think), I supposedly have access to an abundant amount of avocados.
One Avocado comes out to an average of $2.50 from my local grocery market.
Thankfully, a loaf of bread comes out to about $2.00. A loaf of bread, by industry standard, would be 18 slices of bread with 2 end slices, coming to a total of 20 slices, rendering each slice to be only 10 cents each.
In order to make an Avocado Toast, we’ll be using half an Avocado and only 1 slice of bread.
The total cost of one Avocado Toast comes out to $1.35 ($1.25 for half an avocado and $0.10 for 1 slice of bread)!
$1.35 is way cheaper than 19 bucks!
If we want to spice it up, we can add some fried or poached eggs on top. Adding butter might not be so bad too!
Given that a dozen of eggs cost around $3.00, each egg would only be a quarter ($0.25) each!
This brings up the cost of our Avocado Toast to $1.60, which is still better than 19 bucks.
How to Really Make It
Well, now that you got the ingredients, here is how you make it:
- Toast 1 slice of bread
- Spread melted butter on top of the bread (optional)
- Spread 1/2 of a mashed or sliced avocado on top of the toast
- Place fried, poached, scrambled, or whatever style you like of agg on top of avocado toast (optional)
- Season with salt and pepper (optional)
How Much Can You Actually Save?
By making your own avocado toast at home, we will effectively save ~$17 a day (19 bucks – 1 to 2 dollars depending on how spiced up your avocado toast is).
$17 a day for an entire month (based on 30 days) would be a total of $510.
Calculate it for a year and it would be a total of $6,205!
Now if this was our only investment, how long would it take for us to be able to afford a house?
Currently, the median home price in San Francisco is $1,167,000.
To save $1,167,000, it would take us around 39 years of saving $6,205 a year with a compound interest of 7% a year (10% from the stock market – 3% inflation).
However, to save enough for a down payment (typically 20% of the home value, which would be $233,400), it would take us roughly 19 years.
But what if we take the money to a different housing market?
Let’s say we want to purchase a house in Texas.
The median home price in Texas is $163,500, which is about one tenth of a home price in San Francisco!
To save $163,500, this would only take us 15 years.
But to save for a 20% down payment?
That would only take us 5 years!
But Really, You Can Save So Much More!
I’m going to go out on a whim here and save that you can actually save so much more, which would put you on fast-track mode towards a new house?
Why save ~$17 a day when you can aim to save $25… $50… or even $100 a day!?
Take a look at your finances. Run through my Simple What To Do With Your Money Guide. Cut back on unnecessary expenses. Don’t eat out as much and create delicious and beautiful foods at home with the two hands you have.
So, my fellow millenials… and everyone else… it is possible to eat Avocado Toast and still save up for a house within our lifetimes (take that, Tim Gurner!).
But the real question I have for you is how far are you willing to go to get you want? Cutting back costs to save more? Getting a new job to make more money?