The vast majority of all Americans need and crave caffeine. Soda, coffee, tea. It’s in everyone’s favorite beverages. MURICA.
But how much does it cost you?
If you’re living on a tight budget, maybe it’s time for you to take a close look at just how much you’re spending.
I haven’t always been a gamer boy although I am now. When I first started gaming, I was consuming copious amounts of mountain dew and never really thinking about how much I was spending. I didn’t stop until a friend encouraged me to research some of the products in soda. Aside from sugar, which is a blog post for another time and probably on a different blog, there’s some really nasty stuff in there. Like…banned in pretty much every other first world country kinda nasty.
I mean, it’s cheap, right? A 12 pack of soda only costs about 5 bucks. Anyone who has ever been a hardcore gamer will tell you a 12 pack of the dew doesn’t last very long. I was drinking two or three a week. That’s about 60 dollars a month in a drink that was horrible for me and making me fat(ter). For you non calculater users out there, that’s over $700 a year.
3x 12 packs a week at $5 ea = $15/week 60/month 720/year
That’s when I moved to coffee. It seemed a much cheaper option and a healthier one as well. I was at the point in my life where I wasn’t in my twenties anymore and being a bit more health conscious seemed like a good idea. And for a while it was fine. I certainly felt better. Not great, but better.
I started taking a much harder look at the coffee I was drinking, the creamer I was using, and how much I was spending. I was spending MORE money per month and STILL consuming too much sugar. I was drinking over half a pot of coffee every day to keep up with the amount of caffeine that I had become accustomed to. And don’t even get me started on the amount of sugar in that creamer. Why is it called creamer? There’s no cream in it. No dairy at all in most of them….wth…
Starbucks bag o’ coffee grounds $7(ish) every five days is $35/month
Creamer is roughly $2/bottle and at 2.5 per week, that’s $5/week or 20/month
Total coffee spending: $55/month $660/year
It just wasn’t working for me. I wanted less sugar. I wanted to spend less money. So I decided to switch it up once again. To tea we go!
The headaches were the worst part. I had no idea just how dependent I was on caffeine. I started on black tea. Lots of chai. I loved it. Eventually my body got used to less caffeine. I forced myself to not sweeten the tea either. It was rough but I got it done. Several months later I moved to green tea and never looked back.
I’m now down to 2-3 cups of organic unsweetened tea a day. I do drink other teas like ginger, dandelion, and peppermint. All of which adds up to about twenty dollars a month.
400 bags of Uncle Lee’s organic green tea at $17(ish) (Link is at the bottom)
3 bags/day = 90 bags for a total of about $4.50 (ish) a month
Sprinkle in the occasional $5 box of other tea types I spend, on average:
How huge is that? That’s almost $40 a month in savings. Nearly $500 a year.
I’m not saying do what I did. But it worked for me. And I see the difference in my checking account. And I like it. I feel better than I have in a long time and it isn’t all about the money, but the money is certainly a part of it.
For anyone interested, here’s an amazon link to what I drink!