The other day as I was driving to the client’s site sipping on the coffee from my travel cup. I drove past Starbucks drive through listening to another episode of the excellent Afford Anything podcast. It was a wet miserable, sleepy morning. The line at Starbucks was really long as the fellas and gals in their BMWs and Audis were queuing up to buy themselves a morning shot of caffeine.
I thought about perception of guilt as I was driving past them. Are some people wired differently, is it the upbringing or is it consciousness of money. I don’t know. I would feel terribly guilty about buying coffee at Starbucks every day and don’t get me wrong I love good coffee, but even at that level we try to focus on living frugally. Might make us look like aliens but we don’t care. I love coffee, but it simply is not worth what Starbucks charges for it.
The story of frugal coffee
I saw my coffee habit as an unnecessarily costly spending and decided to minimise the cost of it rather than eliminating all together. I am way too strongly addicted to ditch coffee all together!
I purchased a drip coffee maker from amazon using a gift voucher, which lovely people at work gave me for my birthday, I added very little bit of cash to buy myself a grinder. I always dreamed of the grinder. Ok probably not always, probably for the last couple of years at least.
We now buy beans on Amazon, which last us about 10 weeks and cost very little. Machine and grinder are amazing and we spend much less than what we would have if I was buying coffee in coffee shops.
We have tasty, unprocessed freshly brewed coffee every morning and I love it. I love driving pass those guys in queues to the Starbucks as I whiz pass them listening to Paula Pant and sipping on my delicious cheap coffee.
I always try to tackle big financial things, but many small things is also kind of a big thing. There are many compound interest calculators out there. I advise to take a look what coffee or other habit you could ditch would earn you over the 10 years.
I get frustrated at people complaining that they are lacking money or that they can’t afford mortgage when they drive fancy cars, eat out, have fancy telephones etc. People have forgotten what it really means not to be able to afford something. As Paula Pant says, you can afford anything, but not everything, so pick carefully.
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My name is Witold, but I call myself a frugal alien on this blog. Why? Because I feel like one when talking to people about personal finance. I write about financial independence and ideas surrounding it whilst embarking on that journey with my wife.
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