My own cup of coffee

I recently read an article about an Australian property entrepreneur who shared his story how he became a millionaire by working long hours and saving money. He criticized young people saying that these days they would rather spend money on a takeaway coffee and a sandwich, and then complain that they are unable to get onto a property ladder. While I may disagree with him slightly on this – it’s not young people’s fault that properties prices rise very fast these days, while incomes do not – but he does have a point.

A takeaway coffee costs anything between £2.20 – £3.20 in a coffee shop. A sandwich may cost around the same or even more depending on where you buy it. Even if you get a meal deal at a supermarket – that’s £3. Yes, it’s not a lot when you think it’s only £3 today – BUT, think twice £3 x 20 (working days) = £60, and that’s only for a meal deal. If you add your daily cup of coffee into the mix, and that’s only one cup of coffee (where, I assume, people on average have two a day), that’s another (approx) £50! So, you’re already spending £110 of your monthly budget on a sandwich and a coffee. That’s £780 in a year!! That’s A LOT of money, considering you have breakfast, dinner and snacks in between to think about too, perhaps also wine or beer on a weekend etc…

Here is what I do. I prepare a sandwich (usually one for breakfast) during the evening meal. I put it into the fridge and voila! It’s waiting for me in the morning:) I also do batch cooking. I am not a person who likes to spend too much time in the kitchen, despite the fact that I like to eat healthy food. Anyhow, these days when I don’t have enough time to cook on a daily basis, as I’d rather spend time with my baby or resting while she’s having her naps, I do batch cooking. I cook anything from curries to goulash, add rice, buckwheat or similar, and divide the food into plastic boxes – ready to be put into the freezer. Then, I’ve got home made food ready anytime I want to eat it. 10 mins in a microwave and the food is ready. That doesn’t mean that I will not have an odd sandwich or takeaway coffee here and there. Of course I will, but everything within reason, and certainly not on a daily basis!

On a topic of coffee, I really like Starbucks. I do, A LOT. The one I like the most though, is brewed in my simple coffee machine at home. You can get a packet of Starbucks coffee from your local supermarket for £3.50 (the usual price), I always buy more packets when there is a deal. I will drink it anyway, so I might as well buy 5 packs (or more) when on a deal and get a saving of approx £5+. It may not seem a lot, but put it all together with other savings you make elsewhere, and it can build into a fair amount of money! What’s pretty cool about Starbucks coffee packet though, is that once you finish it, you can exchange an empty packet for a tall latte at Starbucks coffee shop. Good idea, isn’t it? Not only you get a good coffee at home, you get a free cup of coffee when out and about.

If you are a commuter though, you may think, this does not apply to you, as you may like to have your coffee on a train or in the car for example. Well, in that case, I’d suggest getting yourself a reusable travel cup – you can make your delicious coffee at home, have it on a train or in the car, be good to the environment and know that you are saving your hard earned ££ for something you really want and will be able to buy it with your saved cash.



The Queen’s Celebration

Facebook reminded me today what I did this day in 2012. I uploaded the below photo that I took during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration in 2012.This photo carries so much meaning for me. I took it on one of the happiest days in Britain, happiest days for Britons, but also those who made Britain their home, like me.It was such a beautiful celebration! I was so amazed by all of it, and was really (I tell you!) close to fainting when the Queen drove past me (and loads of other well-wishers) at the Trafalgar Square in London.

We stood together, united; residents and citizens of this beautiful country, and celebrated Queens Reign. All of us united, as it should be.

Seeing the World War flypast (captured in the photo) reminded ‘lest we forget’ the history lesson that we all should remember always..