A little bit ago Mike wrote about why cutting out your Starbucks won’t make you rich. Mike concluded that passion makes us rich, not frugality. The comments that came with the post were even more interesting. I wanted to highlight two polar opposite comments:
I am with you on this post – if drinking Sbuks or any other 5 star quality coffee makes you happy then you shouldn’t really cut it out. I find it a joke when people say cutting out your Starbucks will make you rich. Sure there are ways to optimize your habits, as the Millionaire suggests by purchasing your own can of coffee, but that can be a whole another discussion in itself. All actions have relevant reactions.
Millionaire chimed in with:
Most people who go to starbucks every morning enjoy buying good coffee as well as to go golfing, or having a beer with buddies, or going to the theatre with spouse or bringing kids to the movies or anywhere else. All those things cost small amounts of money but are recurrent…
I agreed with Mike’s thoughts. Saving money on coffee is the most useless piece of advice that a personal finance blogger can give. The funny thing is that we’ve all done it.
I remember writing embarrassing lists such as: “10 ways to save money” or “5 five ways to cut back.” You can bet that I wrote about cutting back on coffee. It’s the easiest piece of advice to give. To really get into someone’s head and give them advice that resonates highly is challenging. To help someone actually earn more money or start a business is difficult. It’s easy to pass off tips on cutting out small expenses.
I’ve written about this many times. I just want to say that a cup of coffee just isn’t a cup of coffee.
What is it then? What’s a cup of coffee all about?
For some of us grabbing a warm drink is the perfect excuse to get out of the house. If you have a family that makes a lot of noise in the morning or if you want some alone time then there’s nothing better than going for a walk or drive to your favorite coffee shop. We all need an excuse to get out once in a while.
My Dad goes for a drive every single morning to pick up coffee. I tried to buy him a coffee maker one year, but he told me that it’s not about the coffee. He loves to go for a morning drive and just chill out for a bit by himself before the day begins.
Going for a warm beverage is a great chance to meet up with friends to catch up. Sometimes I even go to the local coffee shop alone because I know that I might run into someone from high school. If you enjoy meeting up with friends for coffee to chat, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Almost every single job that I had the lunch break would be spent at the coffee shop. You can get some excellent networking done by joining your co-workers for a chat over a cup. You can also really put a smile on someone’s face by grabbing them a coffee when they have no change on them. If you hate caffeine then you can always get a hot chocolate or something.
Sure you could say that I’m trying to justify my expense here. There’s always two sides to every story. I say that if something as simple as a cup of java brings you pleasure in the morning, then why not enjoy it? You can save thousands of dollars with a high credit score or by increasing your income. You don’t need to take away that cup.
Oh and one more thing. A cup doesn’t have to be so damn expensive. I pay roughly $2 regardless if I’m at Starbucks (grande bold- $2.10), Second Cup (medium paradiso- $2.05) or Tim Horton’s (large regular- $1.65).
What do you guys think? Do you enjoy your cup of java in the morning?
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