Convenience is convenient, but it will also cost you. When it comes to saving money, there are always ways to cut corners on convenience, and although you will save money, it might be a trade-off with the amount of time you need to spend. How much is it worth to you? Here are the things I want to stop spending money on!
I love pizza. I also love our local delivery pizza place. They have been here since I was in high school and now they have an app!! It has come a long way, and their pizza is and always will be my favorite. You know what else I love?
One night a week NOT cooking! It was a treat (yes, another one in addition to Panera and Starbucks. Entitled much?) every Friday night to order pizza or wings or a stromboli or whatever I did not have to be in charge of cooking. That is $35 a week or $140 a month.
ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY DOLLARS A MONTH!!! I could be saving money on pizza. Holy Macaroni, Batman! DiGiorno it is…
They are SOOOO convenient. The perfect cup of coffee every time. And at $38 for 100 k cups, that isn’t a terrible price. Thirty-eight cents a cup. The environmental factor stinks as they are not recyclable – and even if they were, what a pain to take them all apart!! I have a couple of those refillable k cups and a lot of ground coffee yet the lazy monster creeps in when I am most vulnerable (before I have had any coffee, of course) and out of habit and ease, I reach for a k cup. So, Thursday afternoon, I pulled out the coffee canister.
I used some coffee and experimented with how much to put in it to get a superb cuppa joe. Everything was cleaned up and ready to go for this morning. I am happy to report, I have made 2 cups of coffee without a k cup this morning, and I feel great about it.
Now…I am not so sure about Husband. I don’t know how I can get him into it on his own. It may take a little time. I think if I have it all set up for him, ready to go first thing and I make the coffee, he will be ok. He likes the ease of the k cup – more than I do but he only makes one each morning. Maybe I could tell him about saving money. They will undoubtedly last longer than they usually do even if it’s just me skipping the k cups. I just have to make sure good quality coffee is used.
It is so easy to bake them. I know my family loves them so much better than store-bought. I can make plenty of chocolate chip cookies out of mostly organic ingredients for so much less than buying them in the store. It just takes a little time to bake them. But on a Tuesday morning, I could easily do my morning routine, throw on a youtube video or a podcast and crank out some cookies. I know what is in them and I know they are made with love. And the choices are endless! I can make all of their favorites and be saving money!
Out to lunch.
When I go out to run errands, I usually go for the entire day. No matter what direction I head in, I am looking at a 25-30 minute commute to a shopping destination. And one of the things ‘Mama’s Day Out’ consists of is lunch. And my favorite destination is Panera. A salad and an iced tea are $12.50. $12.50 once a week doesn’t seem like a lot, but if you do that four times a month, that’s FIFTY DOLLARS A MONTH!!!
Then, if I meet a friend for lunch, that’s another $12.50. Boy does that add up! So, if I limit my Panera trips to something I only do with a friend, I can easily reduce the amount spent. That will also mean I need to bring food with me. Throwing a PB & j in a bag with a banana is no big deal. Or some nuts, cheese, fruit, and crackers. It will not only save money, but it will save time, too!
Oh, how I love a Starbucks Grande Soy Latte – no foam. Every time I am within arms reach, I seem to gravitate. And they have them in TARGET! It’s a win/win! Except it isn’t. I could make them at home. It’s just espresso and warm soy milk. Come on! I am not getting a caramel macchiato two pumps of vanilla with a dash of cinnamon, shaken not stirred! It’s just not that complicated. Warm soy milk, strong coffee. Period. I am putting some really strong coffee on my list for next week. I bet they might even have k-cups…except, I am trying not to buy those either…dang…
When you are trying to get out of debt, sometimes sacrifices need to be made. It might not be forever but giving things up or replacing them with homemade alternatives might be just the answer.