People regularly go for coffees and basically associate ‘having a coffee’ with ‘having a chat’. That is why there are so many Starbucks, Costas, Neros… (you name it, the list goes on) all over the city.
The price of a hot drink in these places can be up to £3.00 (that’s nearly $5 at the time of writing) and you won’t get anything for less than £1, not even a small cup of tea.
It All Adds Up
This may not seem like much, but when you’re buying a few each time and doing this a number of times each day, you’d be surprised how much is actually spent on tea or coffee in these places in a week.
Get Out of The Habit
Not only that – I actually prefer a good cup of home made tea. The habit of drinking these overpriced cups of tea or coffee became so ingrained with me (and I guess with a lot of people) that I was buying a cup just before going home, when out at the shops and often when I wasn’t particularly bothered about having one – it was more the habit than an actual need for a cup of tea if you see what I mean.
Nowadays I always ask myself the question ‘Should I just wait until I get home?’ or ‘Do I really want a cup of tea?’ The answer to the first question is very often ‘Yes’ and the answer to the second very often ‘No’. And when I make my cup of tea at home, I really enjoy it!
Don’t Feed The Machine…
As an aside – I never buy tea or coffee from Starbucks on principle just because their tea tastes awful and I don’t like the way that that particular chain seems to be taking over the world and putting nice little independent cafe’s and tea shops out of business (more so than the other leading brands in my opinion but the rest are nearly as bad. Give me an Olde Englishe Traditional Tea Shop any day of the week).
Extra Tip: It’s often nice to have a cup of coffee or tea after a meal when eating out. Ask the same question ‘Do I really need a cup of coffee/tea?” If the answers is ‘Yes’, by all means have one, but if you’re like me, especially if you’ve eaten well and are feeling a little full, the answer will often be ‘No’ (I’ll make one when I get home instead and enjoy it more).
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