I’ve just about had it. If I see one more article/blog post/tweet telling me that I need to give up my foo-foo coffee habit in the name of finance, I’m gonna…well, I don’t actually know what I’d do. But enough already!
There’s always somebody whining about Starbucks. It’s wasteful. It’s indulgent. It’s unnecessary spending. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But it’s about time the budget nazis get back behind the scope of their blame cannon and pick a better target. (Wow, it felt good to get that out.)
Starbucks (or Peets or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or…) is hardly the reason why our piggy banks are empty.
If you’re broke, should you be indulging in foo-foo coffee? Probably not. But is that the reason you’re broke? Probably not.
We’re neck-deep in oversized houses and overpriced cars, and we’re worried about what coffee we’re drinking? Why are we so afraid to tell each other the hard truth? We’re spending too much in every area of our life. Plain and simple.
It’s like we’re walking among the wreckage of a tornado, and starting the clean-up by dusting what’s left of the mantel.
The truth? I enjoy a well-crafted cup of foo-foo coffee all the time. Sometimes I’m on my own, with just my laptop and a latte. Or sometimes I meet up with a friend and have a long-overdue catch up over espresso. I love it all. The aroma, the soft adult contemporary background music, everything.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The key is to find what really makes you HAPPY, what gives you the most PLEASURE, and spend more loosely in those areas. Then cut back on the big stuff that doesn’t make you blissfully content. You’ll find you have money you didn’t think existed. Does the extra square footage you “had to have” make you smile each morning? Six months in, does the new car bring you true joy?
Once you start prioritizing your finances according to what’s really important to you, you’ll have money to buy your latte and drink it too.