F**k off, I like my Coffee
Costa. Starbucks. AMT. If you are anything like me and love coffee these shops are an indulgence/addiction and are places which you frequent if passing one by.
Great coffee, free WI-FI (usually), good paninis, comfortable surroundings; things that all combine together to make coffee shops a great place to relax and meet up with friends and family. I especially like the familiarity you get from a coffee shop. Some may argue (and rightfully so) if you have seen one you have seen them all, but I like this because you always know what you’re going to get when you go inside. Coffee shops for me are sort of a home away from home so no matter where you go, a familiar place is always around the corner.
OK enough of my love for coffee shops, what does this have to do about Personal Finance? Well obviously it’s the cost. Coffee shops not only charge a premium for their coffee but also make you pay through the nose for a very nice, although usually small panini, chocolate shortbread, or muffin.
As nice as these places are it’s easy to come out of the shop 30 minutes later having spent upwards of £10 for not very much in terms of sustenance. In an earlier post I explained how when crunching some numbers I found that even by today’s supermarket prices, £10 can get you far if cooking from home. As a result coffee shops, along with any other vice you or I may have (fast food/takeaways, drinking etc) must be kept in moderation, HOWEVER I disagree that they should be canned altogether. Furthermore I get really tired of reading blog posts with flamboyant titles such as “10 ways to save money”, only to find that number 3 is entitled something like “If you drink a lot of coffee, stop drinking coffee”.
Well I say to you “10 ways to save money”, f**k off and let me drink my coffee in peace. Everyone, no matter how frugal they are or how tight their purse strings may be at a given time should be allowed some small indulgences now and then. The path to wealthy living is a long one, and we should not deny ourselves the small pleasures in life less we end up topping ourselves before reaching our original goal. Concentrate on earning big money by starting a business or getting promoted at work, instead of penny pinching £0.50 here, £2.00 there.
Let’s face it, would the world run correctly if people weren’t dosed up on caffeine and sugar all the time? Probably not.