Good morning Dinks. Well it’s officially over, my 40 day personal sacrifice of giving up my morning coffee shop snacks and drinks is officially over – you know what? I don’t miss it. Actually I guess what I should say is that I was not as excited to have the option to eat breakfast at my local coffee shop as I thought I would be. Is it possible that I was only craving my morning stop at the coffee shop because I couldn’t have it?
Changing bad habits
Giving up something as small as my morning breakfast stop at the local coffee shop completely changed my life. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. I had to change my morning routine to wake up early, cut down my getting ready routine and make time to eat at home as well as find appropriate morning snacks.
I used to wake up, get ready and head out the door. On my way to work I would stop at my local coffee shop and purchase a breakfast sandwich, an iced coffee and some days a yogurt parfait. That can add up to $5 to $10 that I would spend every morning on breakfast and snacks. When I add in my Thursday eat out lunches with my co-workers this can add up to $50 a week in snacking and eating out.
After changing my morning routine to include a DIY breakfast I realized that $5 a day and $50 a week is way too much money to spend on snacks.
Motivation to stay financially fit
After 40 days of waking up early to have a bowl of cereal and snacking on protein bars for my mid morning snacks I realized just how much money I was spending, actually wasting, on morning snacks.
I would love to go back to my morning routine of sleeping in late and grabbing my morning snack from the local coffee shop, but I just can’t do it. I also gave up my weekly restaurant lunches with my co-workers, now I only eat out with them when they grab and go – no more expensive restaurant lunches for me.
I love the fact that I can leave my house on Monday morning with $20 in my pocket and come home on Friday after work still with $10 leftover. I used to hit up the ATM at least once a week to support my cash flow and now I don’t even need to carry my bank card in my wallet.
I like seeing extra money in my bank account and I like knowing that the money is there if I need it, but I am not dependant on it.
Eating healthy is the smart choice
I no longer have to make sure that I stop at my local coffee shop in order to make it through my morning. The main reason why I can save money on snacks and eating out is because I am never hungry. I pack my lunch every night and put it in the fridge for the next morning. I snack on fruits and vegetables and I make sure that I buy enough groceries to have lunch every single day of the week.
What is your secret to saving money on snacks and eating out?
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