Five Things to Spend Your Cash on When You Don’t Spend $5 on Coffee
For many millennials, coffee has become a sort of sustenance for us. We drink it in the mornings to wake up, in the middle of the day to reenergize, on a date to get to know another person, and often as a means of liquid courage. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself buying a cup of coffee for $5 on a daily basis, which to be honest, is a little absurd. Five dollars each day racks up pretty quickly and has a potential long-term effect on your bank account. But imagine what you could do if you didn’t spend $5 each day? Believe it or not, there’s quite a lot you could actually do and buy. To get you started, I’ve come up with a list of five things you could spend your money on if you didn’t spend $5 on coffee every damn day. Start saving.
1. Have a shopping spree at Five Below
Have you ever set foot into Five Below? Every thing you can buy there is $5 or less, which means if you hold off on that extra cup of coffee, you can drop some serious cash on a million things you don’t need. Five dollar fidget spinners, anyone?
2. You can book a trip.
If you’re savvy about it, you can use your $5 to book five trips. Bus services like Greyhound and BoltBus offer $1 deals so you can travel between cities, especially on the East Coast. That $5 cup of coffee can quickly translate into five trips to D.C.
3. Go to a museum
If you live in a city where museums are free, then you’re already set. But if you happen to be located somewhere where museums are little costly, if you save that $5 regularly, you can enjoy as much art and history as your heart desires. Plus, saving your $5 on that morning coffee means you can spend your cash on overpriced yet somehow trendy museum food and gift shop items.
4. Eat a good meal
I’ve grown up in a city where food trucks are pretty much omnipresent. Instead of spending your money on an absurdly priced cup of coffee, spend it on a quality meal. Lots of food trucks offer delicious meals and deals for $5 or a little more, so skip the coffee and go for the full meal.
5. Buy more coffee, duh.
Save up enough and you can ultimately buy yourself some more coffee. If you save enough cash, you can invest in one of those fancy coffee makers. Spending five less dollars a day can go into a mini savings jar, which you can use towards purchasing a fancy coffee machine, or just for more delicious cups of Joe at that quaint coffee shop down the street. Either way, you can stay caffeinated while saving money.