Where Could the Daily $5 Go, If Not on Coffee?
The little daily habits that cost maybe as low as $5 so add up and at the end of the month if you make a calculation you may get a tiny heart attack. Whether is the daily coffee or chocolate, cigarettes or whatever else, is it really a necessity?
Of course, it’s easy to talk for someone that vices are unfamiliar to, for all the others life seems impossible without those little habits.
When your only chance of acting like a human is possible after the morning coffee, it will take a big chunk of ambition to break the habit. In reality it’s all just in your head, you, dear coffee addict.
Sure, society helps you implement the idea in your head, according to which coffee is the irreplaceable energy booster that gives you the fuel to function. However, do you recall the time when you worked just as well also without it?
With no intention of creating an anti coffee piece here, I’d rather point out where your daily $5 could go if not necessarily you gave up on coffee, but instead of buying it every morning from the shop around the corner, you prepared it by yourself as part of your morning ritual. You don’t need to be a math expert to come to the realization that a full month of avoiding the coffee shop would keep at least 150 bucks in your wallet.
Let’s talk hobbies. Traveling, sports, shopping, beauty salon. The extra $150 you saved on coffee could get you a new haircut and a pair of new shoes, possibly even a Zumba class. Next month you can nail a return ticket on sale. And so on.
These may be things that you think through usually if you are in a weak financial situation and you need to cut off some costs. On the other hand, how wise it is to start being economic already before the poorness knocks on the door. Money comes hard but goes quickly and the fact is that when we have it , we may take it for granted.
Try to make a list of things that you spend money on and ask yourself these questions:
– Do I really need it?
– Does it worth the money I pay for it?
– Can I make it myself instead of buying it?
I’m sure there will be some items on the list that you can get rid of and certainly lots of opportunities to save money on. Then you will need a second list. A list of goals you want to achieve and they cost money. Even if they seem unreachable, write them down. Those will be your motivation to keep on saving.
Money is a controversial subject. Gives us the power of creating a life full of objects and experiences because yes, all those do cost money. We don’t exist without money because money buys us many things that we need. Let’s try to spend it wisely and most importantly: not let it define us.