Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Buy A Thermal Bottle

It seems so innocent. That lovely daily indulgence at an upscale coffee shop. Sometimes it comes first thing in the morning, sometimes at a mid-morning break. Sometimes both! But it's costing you. That lovely cup of coffee. Warm latte on cold winter days. Icy coffee frappes in the hot summer. An easy habit to cultivate.

But if you're trying to save money, you need to do the math about that daily treat.

Prices vary, of course, but for our purposes, we'll assume that the average luxury cuppa runs about $3.00. If you are in the habit of picking one up every weekday morning, that comes to $15 a week. Assuming you take a couple of weeks of vacation, your coffee is costing you a whopping $750 per year. And if you indulge twice daily, you're paying $1,500 a year for -- coffee.

Chances are that you have a coffee maker in your kitchen. If you don't, a decent coffee machine can be bought for $40 to $100. Even if you must have an exotic coffee machine that runs in the $250 neighborhood, you'll still save money by making your own.

With all the talk about evil chemicals leaching into our drinks from plastic, you'll want to invest in a stainless steel carafe or bottle that will keep your coffee warm all day. They're beginning to pop up all over with prices between $16 and $36.

Hard times, indeed, when we have to cut back on coffee from our favorite watering holes. But look at it this way, if you make your own coffee and bring it with you, you're contributing to the green movement, too. You can reuse your thermal bottle every day, thus saving the earth from more disposable cups.


Lorna Barrett said...

Gee, makes me glad I don't drink coffee.

Anonymous said...

Addicted to this tip. But sometimes it's as much about the escape as it is the coffee. May have to indulge once in a while. :)

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Rosemary Harris said...

I had all of these cups left over from a party and one day I realized (duh) that I could use them and bring a cup of coffee with me when I walked to the gym instead of buying one on the way. I know..not exactly cracking the human genome, but it's the little things that you get in (or out of)the habit of doing that can add up.
Not as "green" as a thermos, but I'm getting there.

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