How many coffees would add up to a home deposit in your suburb?

Would giving up coffee really help you save for your first home? We've crunched the numbers.

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Young homebuyers are often encouraged to give up daily pleasures – like their morning coffee – to buckle down on their house deposit savings.

But how much of a difference does that really make? Finder crunched the numbers to find out exactly how much of your favourite things you would need to give up to afford a home deposit.

By city: How many takeaway coffees does a home deposit cost?

Sydney is notorious for hosting some of the country's most expensive homes. With a median sales price of $1.1 million, Sydneysiders would need to give up 50,935 takeaway coffees to save enough for a home deposit.

That's equivalent to a coffee a day for 140 years – nearly twice the average lifespan.

Alternatively, you could forgo 1,653 years' worth of Netflix (about 20 lifetimes) or 13,625 bottles of wine to achieve the same result.

Among the 5 major capital cities, Melbourne comes in second place, where residents would need to give up 35,255 coffees to build up their savings. Brisbane follows at 25,161 coffees.



By suburb: How many takeaway coffees does a home deposit cost?

Sydney's Barangaroo tops the list of out-of-reach suburbs. With a median sales price of $12.9 million, you would need to give up 600,467 takeaway coffees, 19,487 years' worth of Netflix or 160,625 bottles of wine to save a 20% deposit.

In fact, the top 20 priciest suburbs are all located in New South Wales.

In Victoria, you would need to give up 161,971 coffees to afford a property in the coastal suburb of Portsea. Queensland's Sunshine Beach also comes at a high price, requiring buyers to forgo 97,383 daily cuppas.

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Methodology

Finder used property price data to calculate how many daily items prospective homebuyers would need to give up to save enough for a 20% deposit.

Data sources include the following:

  • The average cost of a takeaway coffee, bottle of wine and restaurant meal in each city was sourced from Numbeo.
  • The cost of a Netflix subscription was sourced from Netflix.
  • The cost of petrol was sourced from Petrol Spy.
  • Property price statistics were sourced from CoreLogic.

Assumptions:

  • Property prices shown for suburbs are the weighted average of house and unit prices based on the proportion of house and unit sales over the past 12 months.
  • Based on data from drive.com.au, the average fuel tank is assumed to hold 62.9 litres of petrol.

Analysis excludes suburbs where property price data is not available from CoreLogic.


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