To wonder how many things I haven't bought because of coffee??

(54 Posts)
NotDead Wed 16-Oct-13 15:00:40

its prob quite a lot.. could it be as much as a house deposit over 10 years? Do I include cake?

Groovee Wed 16-Oct-13 15:09:46

What do you mean? I don't understand!

newfavouritething Wed 16-Oct-13 15:11:19

Just don't go there - it's a very scary place.

newfavouritething Wed 16-Oct-13 15:11:50

and certainly don't include cake.

KateCroydon Wed 16-Oct-13 15:15:40

£3 a coffee, 22 working days a month, 12 months a year = £792. Over 5 years = 3960. Land Registry Sept 2013 says average house price in UK is £166k, so that's just shy of 2.5%.

No, in other words.

Groovee Wed 16-Oct-13 15:16:36

Ah see I don't drink coffee, so wouldn't really miss anything. But I have friends who regularly go to costa or starbucks.

Laquitar Wed 16-Oct-13 16:49:12

I once did the sums for all the coffees, lunches and magazines and silly things i was buying in my 20s (single and no dcs) and it was a huge ammount, i had a heart attack.

But whats the point of regrets?

You wouldnt have a house but a nice car maybe.

hiddenhome Wed 16-Oct-13 17:13:56

I know. Dh and I usually go for a coffee and scone about 3 times a week and it does add up. We don't drink alcohol, smoke or go out for meals though.

quoteunquote Wed 16-Oct-13 17:15:33

I drink gallons of coffee, but I would never buy it in a chain, nor most independents, they simply don't make it properly, use rubbish beans, are not fair trade, and don't clean their machine properly.

Caitlin17 Thu 17-Oct-13 01:48:05

This makes me sound like a meanie but if by coffee you just mean the stuff you buy on your way to work or with your lunchtime sandwich rather than the stuff you have which is incidental to cake and socialising you might want to invest in a portable cafetiere.

Bodum do brilliant ones.As long as your work place can provide hot water you'll save vast amounts of money. They are not a faff to clean.

OinkGlitter Thu 17-Oct-13 01:53:38

I switched from Starbucks to local independent, still get coffee, save about 50p/day, get to feel smug.

vtechjazz Thu 17-Oct-13 06:53:17

Why not drink coffee at home? I don't get this buying your morning coffee, its so....american.

christinarossetti Thu 17-Oct-13 06:57:15

Yes. I'm always at a loss as to how many people seen to need a hot drink between hone and work.

I appreciate that I'm a but of a scrooge though.

I've had to stop drinking in starbucks. My favorite coffee (large soyamilk cappuchino with vanilla syrup) costs more than a pub glass of wine!
(Not that I go along in the street with some wine in a paper cup!)

MrsKoala Thu 17-Oct-13 07:11:44

DH had a 2hr commute and didn't feel up to/have time for breakfast/coffee before he left at 6.30am. But was buying a coffee and bacon sandwich at a station on the way. It was about £10 per day shock So for xmas i bought him a pod coffee machine (£49 with a groupon voucher) and a 'hot mug' and when food shopping i bought 8 croissants for £1 and value cheese and cheep sliced ham. Monthly i would grate the cheese and make enough for a daily cheese and ham croissant, wrap in foil and freeze. Every morning DH would get up and first thing switch on the oven, bung in a croissant, make a nice coffee and put in his bag when he left 15 mins later. Then he would enjoy it whilst on the train. Saved us a fortune.

I never understood coffee tho. To paraphrase - I like my coffee like i like my men, tepid and weak...and afterwards i always think 'bluerch, why i did i put that in my mouth?' and just like men coffee smells way better than it tastes! Tea is truly the drink of kings grin

JollyScaryGiant Thu 17-Oct-13 07:12:07

We average £7.50 of coffee a month. So that's £900 in my adult life so far. Not bad at all.

cruxible Thu 17-Oct-13 07:18:07

It is the best 1.90 I spend a day. I enjoy every drop and don't regret a penny.

MrsKoala Thu 17-Oct-13 07:21:56

Oh and i meant to say DH reckons the coffee AND breakfast is better, and it costs 78p all in! Which is waaaay better than a tenner.

BigBirthdayGloom Thu 17-Oct-13 07:24:31

I look at it differently. When I buy a £2 ish coffee, I feel as if I've had a treat. So I don't then buy other, more expensive treats like clothes, books, expensive make up, house things. We've cut down on virtually all the treats we had Pre dc and whilst I know I'm still lucky to afford this treat, it does stop me going mad. We all need to feel indulged.

MrsKoala Thu 17-Oct-13 07:33:02

I think that's a big difference tho BigBirthday to some people my dh for example who doesn't see them as a treat and just as a normal everyday expense. At one point i worked out he was spending £30 a day on coffees and lunch. I know lots of people who buy 3 or more 'posh' coffees a day.

Whereas old sack cloth and ashes martyr me, sees a hot choc and bit of cake as a monthly treat i really should get out more

MrsCinnamon Thu 17-Oct-13 07:34:47

I don't regret my coffees, I do spend less on them I'm not commuting anymore, but the coffees when meeting friends in coffee shops are money well spent.
I always wanted to run my own coffee shop though, I would serve really good coffee, and self made cakes, waffles and scones at a reasonable prices.

MrsCinnamon Thu 17-Oct-13 07:36:48

and Italian style fresh ice cream in the summer ... <dreams>

NotDead Thu 17-Oct-13 07:41:24

wow cool breakfast ideas! mrskoala breakfast diwn to less than 10% thats massive!

SHarri13 Thu 17-Oct-13 07:48:53

Never regret coffee, it's too good for that. My mother justifies purchases by saying how many coffees it old be worth. 'Oh it was a bargain, four coffees would be more'

My H doesn't get the coffee thing either.

MortifiedAdams Thu 17-Oct-13 07:48:53

£30 a day?! Thats nearly 7.5k a year?"!

Mydelilah Thu 17-Oct-13 07:52:18

I can't function without my morning costa so it's a necessary expense not a luxury wink I make tea in the work kitchen for the rest if the day so only buy one a day.

Waitrose give a free coffee a day to loyalty card holders....their latte is very good

Oh you could think this about anything. What if I didn't buy clothes I don't need, takeaways, etc. Life would be miserable if you didn't treat yourself, just feel lucky that you have that spare £3 a day to do it.

MrsKoala Thu 17-Oct-13 07:55:43

I know Mortified. I had a thread about it and everything. When i told him i thought it excessive he kept saying self righteously 'i wont go hungry' like the options are either 'posh coffees and cakes all day and lunch at pizza express' or 'total starvation/crust of bread and drain water' grin

He was initially reluctant about my frozen croissant brain wave but now is a convert.

purrpurr Thu 17-Oct-13 08:14:55

Oh I miss my commute and my coffee (and accompanying chat with very gorgeous flirtatious French man at coffee place)
<peers blearily down at sleeping DD on lap>

DontmindifIdo Thu 17-Oct-13 08:33:14

Hmm, I usually drink strong black coffee at home or in the office (which I don't pay for), but yes, have bought a lot out and about over the years. I figure, it's cheaper than the cost of the legal team we'd have to hire to defend me for murdering DH/DS/other commuters who breathe loudly/collegues being irritating should I attempt to stop having it for any length of time.

(I gave up coffee for lent once, I nearly lost my job, I was a horrible, horrible person to be around, I realised all the rest of the office was avoiding me 10 days in - got it down to 2 cups a day when pg, couldn't do none at all, it's not fair on anyone.)

ZingDollyChops Thu 17-Oct-13 08:39:10

I never buy coffee. I'm minted. grin

aturtlenamedmack Thu 17-Oct-13 08:43:00

Waitrose cards for you all!!!

Second the bodum thermoses. I borrowed a friends spare on holiday and bought one the second we got home
I think I can count count on one hand the amount of times I've bought a coffee from a Starbucks or Costa type place
In fact I can think of once. Sadly I have no house either

bigkidsdidit Thu 17-Oct-13 08:45:05

Before DC I worked off Oxford st and used to buy breakfast in caffe Nero and lunch in pret every day. Easily £12-15 a day. What's that - £200 a month? Jeepers. Now I walk to work but where I live there are no coffee shops and I work in a hospital with only a horrid canteen so I save a fortune.

I don't regret spending it, but I do wish I'd bought a Chanel handbag instead!

Trills Thu 17-Oct-13 08:47:14

The Demotivator will add up your expenditure and put it in terms of how many days or weeks worth of work is being frittered.

TheDoctrineOfSpike Thu 17-Oct-13 08:50:11

What the hell kind of cafe charges £10 for coffee and a bacon sandwich?

MrsKoala Thu 17-Oct-13 08:54:50

One near dh's old work in London Bridge, but i'm sure they would have called it a grande cappuccino and bacon and brie panino or summat!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 17-Oct-13 09:12:32

YANBU to wonder about pretty much anything you like wink

I spend quite a bit on coffee these days. But it's something I really enjoy, not just the actual coffee, but sitting in a coffee shop, watching the world go by. I considered how much it 'adds up to' and over a year I am happy to spend 'that amount' on something that makes me happy. Yes, it probably amounts to a nice long weekend away (even maybe a 'cheap' week for one person) but instead of having one nice weekend (or one nice cheap week) this spreads the joy out over the year - I'm happy with my decision smile

Also, I don't buy many magazines (one photography one a month and occasionally a 'house' one), make up, (& other than essentials) clothes, bags, shoes, stuff for the house/garden - I'm pretty 'low maintenance' except for my 'coffee habit' smile

SuperiorCat Thu 17-Oct-13 09:17:56

If you're passing a Waitrose, grab a card and you get a free one per day

BornToFolk Thu 17-Oct-13 09:31:42

It is the best 1.90 I spend a day. I enjoy every drop and don't regret a penny.

Yeah, this. I buy coffee at work once or twice a week as a little treat. I used to have it

I think you'd drive yourself potty counting up every wasted penny.
I do feel slightly sick at the thought of the money I frittered in my twenties when I had lots of disposable cash and no responsibilities but I'm not sure I would have done it any differently.

mrsmalcolmreynolds Thu 17-Oct-13 09:37:31

Like a PP I am [shocked] at a tenner for coffee and a bacon sandwich! And I live in commuter Surrey..

mrsmalcolmreynolds Thu 17-Oct-13 09:38:24

shock even - emoticon fail

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 17-Oct-13 09:43:53

Do you enjoy it though?

CaptainSweatPants Thu 17-Oct-13 09:52:44

Gawd I really need a coffee now grin
wonder if work will notice if I sneak out?!

GemmaTeller Thu 17-Oct-13 09:53:26

Costco do free coffee and croissants in the morning (disclaimer, might the first hour for business card holders or some such,)

When I went out to work I gave myself £10 a week to spend on 'treats' and the trick was to try and get to friday and not break into it, thereby having a crisp tenner to put in my secret savings fund grin

DH used to make extra at tea time so I could take some for my lunch the next day, sheperds pie, pasta, risotto, lasagne etc., yum! (everyone in the office used to say 'whats he made you today' and 'how spoilt are you')

tryingtoleave Thu 17-Oct-13 10:06:45

There was a mother at dd's ballet class who told me she had bought a $3000 coffee machine for her home, so now she had to carry a thermos of coffee around with her because she couldn't justify buying coffee out. That was misguided, I thought.

Momaz Thu 17-Oct-13 10:15:02

hmmm I'd never really added it up before doh!

delasi Thu 17-Oct-13 11:22:20

I think the issue is more spending lots of money on bad coffee and lunches. I agree - little treats are nice and it's miserable when you can't do it, but if it's just basic and not a treat then I don't like spending the money!

If I get coffee on the way to work and buy my lunch out, it will cost about £2.90 for the coffee and a minimum of £4 for a basic lunch (sandwich, snack/fruit). The coffee in most chains is pretty bleurgh. That's nearly £7 on food and drink that I don't particularly care for.

We bought a Nespresso some months back and spend approx. £20/month on capsules and it is great, I always like the coffee I get and if I want a coffee on the way to work I put it in a little hot mug thing. In summer I made it chilled the night before and had a cold coffee on my way in smile I do not worry about those £20 at all, or the initial outlay, I saved up and it was worth it. I no longer buy coffee out as I can't bring myself to pay for bad coffee! I already bring in leftovers for lunch, plus snacks for throughout the day and a huge water bottle, mainly because our food tastes better and is more filling than a sandwich or salad or KitKat from a local shop. It's win-win that it's also so much cheaper.

MrsKoala That's a great breakfast tip! Thanks!

chrome100 Thu 17-Oct-13 11:24:38

I eat most of my meals out every weekend (nowhere fancy, just a cheap sandwich for lunch, takeaways etc). I admit it's hugely extravagant but I justify it to myself by saying I don't run a car so that saves me a fortune, my rent is dirt cheap thanks to sharing with other people and I am lucky enough to have a gym at work so go for free all of which save me money. It's swings and roundabouts.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 17-Oct-13 11:57:14

Thank God I do not have a coffee shop habit. Clothes, shoes, scarves and handbags though - well I dread to think.

NotDead Fri 18-Oct-13 13:39:36

I had a ponder in a shop. didn't buy a shirt and resolved to not have coffee out for two weeks and then buy it.

Guess what I did to reward myself for my resolve? a blummen espresso in neros.

I need help.

Trills Fri 18-Oct-13 14:15:55

After reading this thread I bought myself a coffee on the way to work yesterday. I enjoyed it very much.

Remotecontrolduck Fri 18-Oct-13 14:29:19

If it makes you happy, then it's not really a waste (providing essential bills etc are covered ahead of coffee spending!)

I love my coffee and buy it several times a week. I don't smoke or drink so that's my little indulgence. You could tot up the amount you spend on clothes/make up/a hobby and berate yourself for it but life's too short. £2 odd a day on something you really enjoy seems an excellent deal to me.

That said £30 a day on lunches is just awful!

ihearsounds Fri 18-Oct-13 14:39:49

I spend way too much on coffee. Bag and a half of coffee a week, £260 a year. Jar of coffee a week, £156 a year. Coffee out, £300 a year..

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