Kicking Bad Habits, Part 2

Being in school, working full-time and sort-of renovating on the side makes I have a pretty busy life. The problem is that in fact, I’m not always as busy as I seem and I I’m not always as financially savvy as I should be. There are a few things I want to address in a series of posts and this is Kicking Bad Habits, Part 2. Part 1 of this series can be found here.

The Bad Habit

Coffee! Tea! This bad habit isn’t so much time-related as it is money-related. twentysomethingmoney left a comment on one of my previous spending reports saying;  “Ever think of giving up tea, and saving $1.43/day? Could save you a whole lot of nickels!” I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately; I’ve been spending quite a few bucks picking up teas and coffees on my way to work at night. I grab a tea when I’m thirsty and a coffee for the caffeine when I’m tired. First off, I’m not a caffeine  junky. I can do perfectly fine without and picking up a nice coffee or tea, ready-made simply  is a luxury I’ve been willing to pay for. I’m not willing to shell out my nickels for that anymore, it’s stupid!

The Solution

I enjoy nice coffees, mochas, Chai teas and other fancy Starbucksy drinks. Yum! I love ’em all. When I was living in Western Canada I would go grocery shopping once a week and get a medium fancy coffee at Second Cup before heading into the store. It was my little ritual and I loved it. For the rest I made my own coffee and tea at home, it’s the way I grew up and I need to go back to that. I want going out for coffee to be be an enjoyable occasion and not a habit. I like to make this simple thing something special so that I enjoy it more.

This coffee/tea buying habit has really crept up on me. 4 years ago I would have never imagined myself buying at a coffee shop this often! As much as I love the convenience, it’s wasteful of my money and wasteful to the environment. I can make tea at home and throw it into one of the four (!!) insulated travel mugs sitting in my cupboard. So, while I’ve still got this coffee & tea business in my budget for January come February it’s going to be gone! I am going to kick this habit and save a few bucks along the way by just putting my foot down and quitting. I’m picking up another box of tea (any suggestions?) on my grocery trip next week and that’s it! The $20+ I’ve been spending on this habit in a month will add up to more than $200 a year that I can use to go towards my pesky student-loan.

What do you think, have you kicked any bad habits lately? I’ve noticed Cordelia Calls It Quits has a Quit-List on her blog, you should check it out, it’s a good read and an inspiration as well!

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Published by Renée

I write about my life, travel and my financial up and downs on my blog, Nickel By Nickel, while contradicting myself daily. ;)

14 thoughts on “Kicking Bad Habits, Part 2

    1. Yeppp, it’s a good thing I’m not actually addicted to caffeine, that def helps… still it’s a habit that I need to un-habit. We’ll see how it goes!


  1. Way to go for putting your foot down! Coffee & teas really add up. I had to quit that and I haven’t even looked back. Once you conquer that habit, it’s easier to conquer others!!


  2. I gave up Starbucks this month and while it’s been insanely hard ( especially on days when I’m down right exhausted) it’s been do able. I’m also enjoying the extra money in my checking account for other things, such as getting new clothes for my baby sister.


    1. It’s been about a week now since I’ve bought any but I’ve been soooo tempted! It’s so easy to pick up a cup on the way out… I drive right by the coffeeshop everyday. Aw well, don’t need it! Baby sisters are fun to buy for 🙂


  3. Hi Andrea,

    Thanks so much for stopping by my site earlier! I loooove both coffee and tea and am definitely addicted to caffeine. If you want to treat yourself at home, I would suggest buying loose leaf teas and a tea ball. They have so much more flavour than bags of tea and last a long time (a little goes a long way). Depending on how strong you like your tea you can even use the same leaves twice (that goes for tea bags as well, but only if you like weak tea).


    1. Oh! I had never thought of that, thanks for the tip! I tend to like my tea on the weaker side with a little milk, strong tea is not my thing so I’ll check out loose leaf at the grocery store next time I go, I’ve seen the tea balls around before so they must have the tea too.. I don’t like the red rose big boxes of tea, I tend to go for those pickwick tubs and lipton 20-packs that cost $3+ a box too so I’m sure it won’t differ too much for price.. Do you know of any specific loose leaf teas that are good?


  4. I love Earl Grey. Twinings has a good box of loose leaf. Jasmine is a nice fragrant tea as well–I don’t remember where I found that tin though. You can also buy these online. I’m not sure where you live but if you’re in the US you can get a good deal on the Earl Grey on Amazon. I’m sure they also have lots of others. In general, Twinings does good loose leaf teas…oh, Constant Comment is a good fragrant tea, Lady Grey…so, so many delicious teas!


    1. I’m in Canada, shipping gets a tad expensive… aw well I’m sure I can find something around here too. I like the bagged Earl Grey, I’m going grocery shopping tomorrow so I’m going to check it out, thanks again!


  5. Yeah I’m sure you can find it. I’m Canadian and we always had tea tins in our kitchen when I was growing up. If the grocery store doesn’t have them, you might check something like Bulk Barn, or a health food store. The Bay might even have some. Good luck!


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