It is six forty in the morning. Your alarm clock has just buzzed for the seventh time and your spouse has threatened murder if you reach for the snooze button again. So you drag yourself out of bed and get ready for the day. First thought on standing up? I wonder if we’re out of creamer.
A huge percentage of the world today is addicted to the richness brought from the lands of the tropics hundreds of years ago. Whole subcultures orbit around the morning routine of visiting the local Starbucks. But, is the aroma of mocha worth the price on our health and bank accounts?
I would think not as coffee aficionados have to deal with health issues later in their life and are subject to fatal illnesses by the time they are in their thirties and have no choice but to frequent a health affiliate program every once in a while.
Think about it. The average coffee shop patron spends around five dollars on their drink. That’s five dollars a day, seven days a week, four weeks a month. It doesn’t sound like much but it adds up fast. Up to $140 to be precise. Multiply that by twelve and we find that the average cup-of-joe loving consumer spends around $1,680 per year, just to wake up!
We won’t even talk about the fact that most latte lovers drink more than one cup of coffee per day, easily spending more than $3,300 dollars a year. What would you do if someone gave you a check made out for that much money tomorrow? I most certainly would not put it in a special account labeled, ‘Cassia’s Addiction Fund.’ I would use that money to go hang on a beach in Costa Rica for a few weeks, or get myself a nice massage, or make a payment on a new little car.
In addition to being a money vacuum, coffee can be bad for your health.
People drink coffee to counter balance the fact that they are not sleeping enough. When you don’t sleep, your immune system gets weaker. Coffee is also a hunger suppressant, enabling people to go all afternoon without a meal. When you don’t eat enough healthy food, again, your immune system falls. When people don’t feel well, their bad habits grow worse and they may find themselves hanging around in a coffee shop because the atmosphere is comforting. By being at the shop, they’re going to drink more coffee than usual, thus spending more money and increasing the harm to their health.
If you find yourself nodding your head in agreement but shuddering in horror at the thought of giving up your espresso, don’t panic. Phasing out coffee from your life can be a challenge, but the rewards are great. Here are some suggestions for reclaiming your morning:
Try drinking coffee only every other day. Drink black teas instead.
These are cheaper and less potent than coffee and can be easily
made at home. Also, tea bags can be used more than once, so you can
have two cups of tea for the price of one!
For every day that you don’t spend money on coffee, put five dollars
into a jar. At the end of the month, you’ll have some savings to
treat yourself with!
Replace your need for coffee with lots of good, deep sleep. Not
only will this ease the pangs of withdrawal, your skin, hair and
attitude will benefit as well! Say goodbye to bags under your eyes
and hello to freedom from addiction.
Make a support group! Find friends who want to quit drinking coffee
as well and meet once a week to have tea or chocolate. Do the
things you would normally do at a coffee house together, red books,
write, work on your business plans, gossip.