Don’t you love the advertising that goes on and on? When it comes to purchasing an item with an ongoing cost remember to do your sums over the life of the item. If you’re looking at a more expensive car look at the insurance, fuel and maintenance over the next few years, compared to the savings on a smaller, less expensive car. Chances are you’ll be helping the environment too. Ongoing costs apply to pets, hairstyles and printers, among many other household items. Next time you’re shopping or being told “…but wait, there’s more”, ask yourself what ongoing costs are associated with this purchase?