Pre lock down I would go out for a Starbucks every single day of the week. I'd pick a different location each day, whether it was the Souk Madinat with views over looking the Burj Al Arab or a drive through on my way home or to a mall.
I went out everyday for a coffee for 5 years that we lived in Dubai to just get out the house, for the random chat with a stranger and to stop me going stir crazy.
We have a coffee machine like this in the UK and Dubai, but the actual drinking of the latte wasn't the experience, it was the going out. Up until now I've always drunk tea at home.
Since I've managed to get a Starbucks blend from Tesco click and collect this week, I've been drinking coffee from Waitrose, their own blend. I've realised even more it's never been about the coffee, it's been about the going out.
So I've been going out for the past 10 weeks with a take away latte. I've been going out to the garden to sit and read or blog. I've been going out with my take away cup as I've walked to do my food shop or taken Bob on a walk.
During lockdown I've consumed 71 lattes. Each and every time I've made one, I've put £3 in a pot and so far I've totalled a saving of *drum roll* £213.
I will go back one day to the coffee shops, but from now on I'll steer clear of the big chains (unless I'm travelling), but these visits from now on will be to meet with family and friends, not just to visit for something to do. I'm learning to find things to do that don't involve me spending money and just going out for the sake of it.
You've saved quite a bit of cash - it's surprising how much we spend that we don't even notice. My problem with lockdown is I can still shop online!ReplyDelete
I'm not a big fan of shopping online, I prefer to actually see what I'm buyingDelete
It's scary when you add all the money together.ReplyDelete
It's not the places we go that has been missed but the random interactions with people.
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I've found I chat to more people here in the UK than I ever did in DubaiDelete
That is a good idea to make your own coffee to take out. That is a crazy amount of money that you have saved. xReplyDelete
it sure isDelete
My husband used to be a huge coffee drinker and spend a fortune in coffee shops. He gave up caffeine and made massive savings, although he still has the occasional decaf coffee from a coffee shop. My eldest bought a coffee machine a while ago and my husband has been making full use of that for his decaf too!ReplyDelete
we've had the coffee machines for years, but it's never been about the coffee, it was the going outDelete
I am a recent coffee drinker to help my migraines, that looks really lovely xxReplyDelete
the caffeine is a life saver for meDelete