This past week I made a very important and necessary decision. I decided to end my morning Starbucks coffee run. I’m not what you would call a coffee lover. I actually don’t even like the taste of coffee unless there are large amounts of sugar and cream masking the bitter coffee flavor. But a morning cup of coffee has somehow made its way in to my morning routine.
I was drawn in to walking to Starbucks each morning by the desire to connect and get to know my coworkers. My new supervisor, and now friend, LOVED Starbucks, so I joined her during her afternoon visit one day. Soon this one, harmless afternoon visit turned into a daily routine that eventually became a morning and afternoon ritual.
Left with a Bad Habit
My supervisor eventually left for a new position, but she left me with a parting gift, an expensive habit. My long work days made me crave for the energy boost that caffeine gives. Despite the fact that I despise the taste of coffee, I couldn’t resist the spark it gave me. Plus, it was one of the few moments that I had to spend with coworkers to really build relationships.
However, the ridiculous prices charged at Starbucks, and really most popular coffee shops, are legendary. I have been really trying to cut back on expenses to make myself more financially agile. I’m not sure what the future holds, but I don’t want my daily $4.00 coffee habit to be the reason why I wasn’t financially prepared. I know $16 a week (I work 4 days a week) or $64 dollars a month isn’t going to make or break me. But that, plus several other small changes, can make all of the difference.
Wish Me Luck
So we will see how this goes. I will probably still join my coworkers on their walk to Starbucks. I will just make sure that I have already filled myself up with a self-made cup of brown energy drink before I head out the door.