Today’s Money Saving Monday involves my coffee thermos! Yes, I realize that might be an old trick for you experienced glamorous budgetfolk. But for me, it’s a recent revelation.
I love coffee. I drink it all the time. It starts my day and I start class with one in hand. It marks my weekend relaxation. One student got me a Starbucks card as an end of semester gift. She was obviously one of the smart ones….
I’m even pretty cheap about getting coffee out. There is a little place on the corner of campus that makes a big ol’ cup of good, black coffee for $1.75. I don’t have a $4+ latte habit. I’m a black coffee girl all the way — helps me face the realities of life. Still, though, five of those throughout the week ends up being just under $9 a week. And that’s if you’re only having one. Sometimes I have two. And I really shouldn’t, but sometimes I also have three, if I’m in a stretch of particularly arduous conferences with students. Nearly $40 a month at the minimum just in coffee makes me choke a little, and it’s not because I like my coffee black! I’d like my finances to be in the black as well.
I see my morning cuppa, though, as some sort of concession to living so budget glam. It’s only $1.75 and it makes me feel good to get to order something out. Still, $40 a month could be going into a travel fund! $40 during a nine month period is $360 — over half the cost of a $600 plane ticket to Nicaragua where one can sample as much coffee as one wants! Or put another way, very nearly 25% of the total cost of staying in Nicaragua for 2 weeks drinking coffee and pondering volcanoes! Surely that’s motivation enough to change one’s ways?
So recently I purchased a medium sized stainless steel Stanley travel thermos. I’m testing it this week to see if I can keep taking good, hot coffee from home and stop spending excess money on it. I’m also packing my lunch tomorrow — which is a lot better than either buying it out or skipping it, as I do far too often. Let’s see how it goes! Not sure how glamorous the army green coloring is — but is sure is budget. Now to make sure I drop $1.75 into a jar for every day of the work week I bring my thermos and save for that budget glamorous trip to Nicaragua…
What’s your Money $aving discovery?