I thought I would start this week by trying out a challenge for the week that probably a lot of people can relate to – coffee! I don’t know about you, but I am completely devoted to my Tim Horton’s coffee. I have a routine that I absolutely adore, I stop by a Tim Horton’s on my way to work every morning and I order a “Large Double Double” (for any Americans out there, it’s a large coffee with two creams and two sugars). In the afternoon, at about 2:00 pm, I will usually take a break and then go buy another coffee of the same size and content.
As some of you will already know, that coffee costs exactly $1.80. Two coffees a day at $1.80 each will give $3.20 a day. Times that by five and you have $18.00 (which is a week’s worth of coffee). Already, that’s a dinner I could enjoy with a friend one evening at a nice restaurant (think Moxie’s or Earl’s if you don’t go crazy). Times that by 26 weeks and now we have $468.00. That could be a weekend away somewhere, again, if you watched your nickels and dimes.
With this in mind, I plan on taking the “Not Buy Coffee for a Week” Challenge:
– For a week, I will use my coffee maker at home and make a cup of coffee to take with me in my travel mug
– For my afternoon coffee, I will find another way to perk myself up during my afternoon “blah” time. I will carry water with me in my trunk and grab one while I go for a walk on my twenty minute break in the afternoon.
Next Sunday, I will report my progress with this one. I have to be honest that I’m not completely looking forward to this challenge because my coffee ritual is deeply ingrained. However, I think this project is all about challenging myself and the way I go about my every day life. I believe this could probably improve the health of my waistline – in addition to my wallet. Viva la Challenge!
I want to hear from you! What is your money habit kryptonite?