Something I always try to keep in mind when spending money, especially on products, is that if I am paying that money to a business to make that product, it always means it was produced for less than what I spent on it.
Most of us understand this, but it’s also oversimplifying, isn’t it? For example, I probably couldn’t make the clothing I wear as cheaply as the companies who make them, because they have expensive machinery that can produce it very cheaply. So, it definitely depends on which product we’re considering.
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Paying More for less
That is, in four words, the best way I can describe a trip to Starbucks. I don’t necessarily have anything against Starbucks in particular – any local coffee shop would be comparable in terms of price. But going there to one of these shops, especially if one does so on a daily basis, is a strain on the average person’s wallet that just isn’t necessary.
Okay, so I do visit coffee shops sometimes, but it’s usually to get out of my apartment, or because I’m feeling exceptionally lazy in the morning…oops. Still, I usually limit myself to no more than a couple of times per week.
Meet your “Maker”
Of course, as I hinted at the beginning of this post, it makes more sense financially to make your own coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I like the convenience of paying someone else to make it, too, but I think that coffee is one that is especially easy to make on your own – and doesn’t cost much up front in terms of equipment.
You could get by with as little as just a French press. I’ve gone through a few different French presses, but the SterlingPro DoubleWall Stainless Steel French Coffee Press has been my favorite so far. Of all the French presses I’ve owned, this one is the only one that keeps basically all grounds out of my coffee. It uses not one, but two filters, and I think that really makes a difference.
I actually use the French press to make cold brew, which is super easy – I just grind up some beans, dump them in the French press, and fill it with water (roughly 1 part beans, 4 parts water). Then I just stir it, put the lid/plunger on, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
For drip makers, I really don’t have a solid recommendation. I’ve tried a few but I have, unfortunately, never found one I really loved. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear ’em.
It’s all about the little things
I’m a firm believer in this – from a purely dollars-and-cents perspective, making your own coffee might not seem like a huge difference. But one of the key steps toward reaching financial freedom is making the small steps.
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Plus, I like to consider the fact that going to coffee shops means I pay several times more for coffee. An average trip to Starbucks means paying around $4 for coffee. But that huge $10 bag of coffee beans I buy (look right!) lasts me several weeks. I don’t know the exact math, but it works out to be something like 10-20 cents per serving. Huge difference there.
Indeed, sometimes I don’t feel motivated enough to make my own coffee. But it’s totally worth it!