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Thread: Do people get sick of "advice" to stop buying cups of coffee, to save money?

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    Do people get sick of "advice" to stop buying cups of coffee, to save money?

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    Yes, I'm sure people can save umpteen thousands of dollars by not buying coffee on the way to work, for example, but I need my coffee to get through the day. For me there would be a cost to not having my coffee.

    I just find this piece of advice to be trite and unrealistic.

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    Depends if saving that money would make a difference for your financial situation I guess.

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    but I need my coffee to get through the day. For me there would be a cost to not having my coffee.
    bit of a side topic, but doesn't this worry you? That you are dependent on having a coffee to be a functioning human?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agrajag View Post
    Depends if saving that money would make a difference for your financial situation I guess.



    bit of a side topic, but doesn't this worry you? That you are dependent on having a coffee to be a functioning human?
    No. I'm actually sure my body and mind would still function if I didn't have a coffee. Although I'm sure I would have a headache if I gave up coffee cold turkey. It's just a ritual that I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    Yes, I'm sure people can save umpteen thousands of dollars by not buying coffee on the way to work, for example, but I need my coffee to get through the day. For me there would be a cost to not having my coffee.

    I just find this piece of advice to be trite and unrealistic.

    I think the problem is not about the buying coffee, itís about mindlessly buying coffee as a lifestyle habit rather than enjoying and savouring it.
    I know I enjoy my twice daily aero press with home roasted beans in the office more than I would enjoy going to the ordinary lobby cafe, and more than spending 15 minutes waiting st a better cafe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    I just find this piece of advice to be trite and unrealistic.
    I haven't heard it that much but it isn't law or doctor's advice so I can make the decision about how much coffee I drink. I see the advice used more as a cost comparison eg a charity donation of $5 is roughly the cost of a cup of coffee or the $10 tax rebate offered to some taxpayers is equivalent to a burger and a cup of coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    people can save umpteen thousands of dollars by not buying coffee on the way to work
    I have used this phrase as an excuse to buy a new coffee machine..." I'll buy this new fandangle machine and the thousand or so dollars that I spend doing this will easily be saved soon because I won't be spending $5.00 buying coffee out"...A great way to talk yourself into buying a machine ... But guess what?...I end up making nice coffee each morning at home in the machine and spending the $5.00 each coffee when I go out ...

    Cheers.
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    I tend to dislike any kind of advise unless I've asked for it.
    If I want to buy 4 coffees or a bottle of scotch per day and someone tries to advise against it, I'd make it clear, it's my money, my life and none of their business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddy View Post
    I have used this phrase as an excuse to buy a new coffee machine..
    Good point

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    For me it depends are you struggling to pay rent/ homeloan, look after yourself and/or family, living beyond your means, then yes stop spending your money of excessive things like $50 of coffee and $100 on lunch ect ect per week and get your priorities sorted. (Not directed at you pamount) seen it and annoys me, person cryes poor then spends $8 on a frappacino or $20 lunch.

    if your being a responsible human spend your money as you wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mb21 View Post
    For me it depends are you struggling to pay rent/ homeloan, look after yourself and/or family, living beyond your means, then yes stop spending your money of excessive things like $50 of coffee and $100 on lunch ect ect per week and get your priorities sorted. (Not directed at you pamount) seen it and annoys me, person cryes poor then spends $8 on a frappacino or $20 lunch.

    if your being a responsible human spend your money as you wish.
    Yeh, I once heard a financial planner on the radio describing a situation where he met up with a client regarding a savings plan, and said well 'If you could just save $20 a week....' and the client interrupted him and said 'I just don't see how I could do that'....while staring at his daily supersized latte and muffin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Yeh, I once heard a financial planner on the radio describing a situation where he met up with a client regarding a savings plan, and said well 'If you could just save $20 a week....' and the client interrupted him and said 'I just don't see how I could do that'....while staring at his daily supersized latte and muffin.
    Ha,ha,ha. Good one...

    If I was really stuck for money, there's plenty of things I could do to trim the fat...I saw a U.S. article or video clip somewhere, can't remember which, a while ago which suggested one way to save money was to stop going to Starbucks and stop spending $3.00 per super large drink! Wow if only...Point is, if I have to trim the fat then I could save 20.00 bucks or so a week on coffee, the question is, would I be prepared to do that?...

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    Yes, I'm sure people can save umpteen thousands of dollars by not buying coffee...
    Not buying or drinking coffee!?

    What is this madness?

    Youíll be ruining the economy? All those poor business owners mortgaged up to the hilt will hit the wall without your money.

    Now back to the coffee forum... drink up one and all.

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    We should all get a pay rise, and our overtime rates back for weekend work.
    Then we could all buy more coffees
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    Raising a family on one wage tends to focus you on how you spend your income.
    For 15 years we pared our spending down to the absolute basics. There was no takeaway of any kind, no bought lunches, no snack foods between meals.
    (I could also add rarely eating out, buying clothes or holidays)
    But we DID own our new home within a year of building it and then had the following 40 years debt-free.
    But that was OUR priorities. We never expected others to want to do it that way.
    As a self-funded retiree I have coffee from a Cafe about 1-2 times a week and appreciate it as a 'treat'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    I have coffee from a Cafe about 1-2 times a week and appreciate it as a 'treat'.
    And that's pretty much it Rocky, as I've commented in the past, very little is treated this way any more, what used to be special is today treated as an entitlement, we buy our couple of brews a day from the local cafe, failing to realise that in a 12 month period we're spending about $2000 on coffee.

    Does anyone work to a budget nowadays, or is that also considered passe?
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    I'm not completely "one-eyed" about it, Yelta.
    You only live once (as far as we know) and we need to ensure we enjoy it as much as possible.
    Particularly once you pass 60, as the 'good times' are mostly in the past.
    Trouble is that after a lifetime of thrift, it becomes hard to enjoy 'extravagance'.
    So like everything in life, it is a balancing act to find that happy medium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Does anyone work to a budget nowadays, or is that also considered passe?
    How true! The number of times you hear people crying poor but there always seems to be money found for that latest smartphone and mega-plan never mind a couple of coffees each day.

    Doing without to secure your financial future seems to be an outdated concept for a lot of people. The age of instant gratification has well and truly dawned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    "but I need my coffee to get through the day. For me there would be a cost to not having my coffee."
    I'm sure you're not the only one...........

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    It's just an idea on how to save money.
    As said earlier, it's not mandatory and the beauty of free will is that we can choose to ignore things like this.
    And it isn't just coffee. It's smokes, alcohol, massages, haircuts, eating out, foxtel, netflix etc.
    Anything that people can perceive as a luxury can be used as an example to save money.
    Personally I rarely buy a coffee from a cafe, but it's more about snobbiness than money saving. I am certain our 12 year old Expobar has paid for itself a few times over, but cost is only part of the equation.

    If you deem this sort of advice to be trite and unrealistic, then it really doesn't effect you. You aren't going to follow or offer this advice to someone who is trying to save up for a holiday. You can be a counterpoint to the advice, or just ignore it.
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    It is amazing I spent $15 a day buying coffee for myself when I am on the road going one job to another (Plumbing Business) and most of the cafes served crappy coffee, it was very hard to find something you fell in love with.
    So decided a few years ago to buy a Silvia for the office and that's when the journey of making excellent coffee at home(office) and we have a ECM and Mazzer grinder and enjoying our coffee when we want it without getting takeaway coffees all the time.
    Yes its turned into a hobby now different brew ratios and doses but a lot of fun doing it.
    Enjoy your coffees what ever you decide.



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