I’m not even halfway through the month, and I’ve realized I’m going to run out of coffee beans. Now I’m wrestling with whether or not coffee beans are an “essential” purchase. If not, what do I do???
I’ve been doing really well so far not making any non-essential purchases at the grocery store. I’m determined to stick to my challenge. As of Jan 12th, I’ve only spent $15.54 at the grocery store for the month of January.
I’m not sure in good faith I can call coffee beans essential purchase. That’s a bitter conclusion to swallow.
There are 19 mornings left for the month. I have a few options I’m going to have to find a way to believe in if I’m going to succeed in my January Spend Less Challenge.
For Christmas, a friend gave me a really nice bag of Starbucks Christmas Blend Coffee Beans DECAF – ugh. I hadn’t figured out what to do with them because I don’t know anyone who drinks decaf, especially me. Upon explaining my looming coffee bean shortage to another friend, he suggested I mix the beans – half regular and half decaf – to make them go further and as a way to use the decaf. And ruin perfectly good beans with decaf beans??
Drink less coffee. For cryin’ out loud, I may as well just drink decaf rather than drink fewer cups! I used to drink more coffee, but I’ve been reducing over the last six or so months down to two cups most days. Can I go down to one cup? Isn’t that a waste of a coffee filter to use it for just one cup? I flirt on the borderline of high blood pressure, and my doctor has suggested less caffeine. This option would not be without potential health benefits. Next they’ll say stop drinking wine and eating cheese!
Use up some of my K-cups. I have a Keurig, but I hardly ever use anymore it except for hot water for tea in the afternoon. About two years ago, I went back to brewing pots of coffee because of the reduced costs. I have a supply of some K-cups that I keep around in case I want a single cup later in the day or if I have company. I do not have enough K-cups to make it through the month, though, at two cups a day.
Drink more coffee at work. We have free coffee supplies at work, but I rarely use any. I have usually finished my two cups before work or am bringing my second cup in a travel mug. Part of the problem with this option is my work start time is either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m., and I like to have my coffee first thing around 6 a.m.
Solutions into Actions
So this morning I tried mixing the regular and decaf beans. It’s not as horrible as anticipated. This is an option that I believe will work. If I still run short, then I can move on to Option #3 and use up some of the K-cups that are taking up space anyway. I’m having a hard time with Option #2 because the idea of brewing a pot for one cup of coffee seems like an awful lot of trouble. What’s the point of one cup? Option #4 will be my option of last resort, although it may be a good way to get myself to work early 😉