Friday, October 01, 2010

Farewell Latte

I've been starting to pay more attention to how much money I spend regularly on "unnecessities." I know that's not a word, but I don't know what to call it. What I mean are things that I don't need but have come to spend money on as a matter of course--things that I used to consider luxuries, back when I had less money and more sense.

For example: it hit me this week that every morning I spend around $3 (maybe a little more) on a latte I buy in my workplace's basement cafe. That's at least $15 a week, $60 a month, just on coffee. A lot of the time (but not always) I buy myself a pastry as well. That's another $2. Not sure how much that is a week, since I don't do that everyday, every week, but it adds up. So today as they were making my latte I said to myself that this is the last one. The Farewell Latte.

This isn't the last one I'll ever have, mind you. I may upon occasion decide to go out for coffee. But I'm relegating them (elevating them?) to the status of Treat, the way I did when I just got out of college and didn't have much money. My roommate and I would occasionally go out after work for "yuppie coffee," as we called it, and wind up at a local cafe with big cups of coffee, pieces of biscotti, jazz music, and conversation. It was an event, because neither of us could afford to do it more than once a month.

I'm going to learn how to make them at home. Maybe I'll switch to cafe au lait, since that doesn't require espresso or a thing to make the milk all foamy. We'll see. Maybe I can find a cheap espresso machine somewhere.

I just took a sip of my Farewell Latte, and you know what? Knowing that it was the last one I'll have for a while has made it taste better somehow.


Just Me said...

Coffee is probably the cheapest beverage in the world next to water, and I'm amazed at what vendors get away with in charging for fancy-schmancy coffees. Doing it yourself is an awesome idea, and you have a lot more control over your ingredients.

My favorite place for used stuff is eBay and craigslist.

I'm sorry that I just gave The Oracle permission to donate our Krups combination coffee/cappucino machine to his office. It was a wedding present from his aunt and nearly brand-new, since we only used the coffee brewer when the Bunn went on the fritz, and only used espresso/cappucino side when we had company or I made tiramisu.

Amy said...