According to statistics and surveys Brits spend a staggering £6.3bn a year on those frothy cappuccino and milky latte takeouts. It is also estimated that each coffee lover individually spends a whopping £393 a year (or £15,725 over a lifetime!), which averages out at least two/three coffees a week. For many people ‘going for a coffee’ is a social occasion and a personal treat. But a couple of pounds spent on coffee every day soon mounts up to a sizeable amount of cash, that could easily be spent more wisely. Too much caffeine also doesn’t benefit your health and wellbeing, so perhaps it’s finally time to consider how to get far more bang for your buck.
If you rarely treat yourself to a visit to the local coffee shop breaking your habit will require very little effort. If on the other hand the coffee shop is your daily first port of call you may need to seriously reconsider what you value – ie. health and wellbeing or getting a coffee high and having somewhere to hang out. As with most habits breaking a pattern requires thought and planning so that it becomes an effortless transition. Start one cup at a time, switch to decaff and work towards weaning yourself off over a period of a few weeks. Your bank balance won’t be the only thing thanking you.
Now that you’ve decided to save up your ‘coffee money’ you may be considering ways to reward yourself, as a replacement for the coffee treat and also for sticking to the savings plan. Real treats are those experiences that make you feel energised, super-charged, relaxed, fulfilled, indulged and generally amazing. So you can instantly rule out a High Street spending spree. Instead look to choose an experience that benefits your mind, body and spirit. Approximately £393 buys you one holistic therapy treatment a month. All you have to do is choose which ones you’d like to try.
Consider using your stash of savings to book a relaxing aromatherapy massage, relieve niggling aches and pains, release addiction (to caffeine), improve body balance or even cleanse your colon. Choose a treatment that best suits your needs and allow the process to transform your wellbeing. The cost of treatments will vary according to the therapy but may also be influenced by the location you live in. Shop around for best value deals, explore personal recommendations and don’t be afraid to ask for a cheeky discount for block booking. You can find great therapists on our directory at www.myholisticlife.com . A monthly holistic treat may feel like an indulgent gift to yourself but you really are worth it.
If you’ve decided to cut back without giving up coffee treats completely don’t forget you can use some savings to invest in a classy coffee machine so that you can make your own espressos or lattes at home. You can also fill up a thermal cup for instant coffee shop-style coffee on the move, at a fraction of the cost.