Back to business!

Hello hello! I arrived back in Canada on Monday and I’m still quite jetlagged but it’s time to get back to work, back to school and back to the blog! How have you all been?

I wanted to write a short blog post right away about my archnemesis; coffee. If you’ve been following along for a while you know I’ve struggled with spending money on picking up coffee at my local coffee shop.

I’m a bit annoyed with myself at having to admit that I’ve gradually started buying  more and more coffees since then and I didn’t fully realize it until I was in Europe for 2 weeks and didn’t want to/couldn’t do buy so many coffees anymore. I noticed it because it would pop up in my head every so often. Since I still don’t drink more than 1 coffee per day I can’t really say I had caffeine withdrawal but I definitely wanted those coffees!

I have an amount in my budget that’s not accounted for, it’s usually a cash amount of about $80 a month that I write off from my budget once every 6 weeks orso. I don’t track that money and have no idea where it goes. I use it to buy the occasional snack at work, a coffee here and there or to go see a movie.  While on my trip I realized I’ve been spending way more on coffee (yet again) than I’ve realized and a good chunk of that cash has been going to my local coffee shop! :facepalm: At $1.49 a pop, (price has gone up since my last post) buying 5 or 6 cups a week is costing me almost $9 a week… that’s $468 over the course of a year! WHAT!?

I’ll be writing quite a bit over the next few weeks some of posts will be about things I’ve realized that I want to achieve and part of that includes really tightening the moneybelt, I want to cut my grocery spending and any other unnecessary spending dramatically for the next four months so coffee has got to go.
In my four days back I’ve so far resisted the urge because it’s such a slippery slope. Before, I allowed myself one coffee a week but that’s obviously not working so I’m going to limit myself to coffees that are offered to me by coworkers, family etc. I’m not going to ask for it and I’m not going to buy any. PERIOD. I’m going to put that cash right in my savings account. I gave away my coffeemaker last year, I realize that’s a cheaper option, to just make it at home but I found that I still end up buying premium coffee, then the filters and the cream which I let go bad half the time since I really don’t use enough of it, so my best option really is just to quit and drink water instead.

I’ll be putting up some posts with pics on how my house renovation has been going and of course a post or two with pics of my trip. I’ve got lots of material lined up and I can’t wait to jump back into the yakezie challenge.


10 thoughts on “Back to business!

  1. I wish I could quit the coffee. I need the caffeine, though. I definitely drink it from home so it’s a lot less expensive. It can definitely add up!

  2. Love Coffee!

    Instead of worrying about the $9 a week, why not work on something bigger that will offset? Ramit talks about this all the time on Iwillteachyoutoberich – just a different way to look at things.

    1. Because $9 a week adds up and anyone who is trying to budget should account for all of their spending? All those “little” things that cost $5-$15, when there are 15-20 of them can save a small fortune.

  3. I love the smell of coffee but I don’t drink it. My husband is a coffee drinker but his doctor advised him to stop until his medication is over. Good thing you decided to quit coffee, even without doctor’s order. 🙂

  4. I love the smell of coffee but I don’t drink it. My husband is a coffee drinker but his doctor advised him to stop until his medication is over. I am glad to learn that you decided to quit coffee, even without doctor’s order. Good for you! 🙂

  5. I love my coffee! I brew my own Starbucks at home – I buy it at Target and it saves me a fortune! ~ I’ve tried in the past to totally quit altogether but haven’t been real successful

  6. Welcome back to Canada. Glad you had a great time. I used to be addicted to coffee but I got off of it now. I tend to drink green tea now. If you like your coffee, get a coffee press and make it home before you leave in the morning. It takes like 5 minutes if that and you will save a bundle.

    Happy early bday too!!

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