Avoiding frugal burnout: Black coffee strategy
My thrifty ways are faltering lately because I am very burned out from my job as a server. I feel like I need to spend money to compensate for my lack of job satisfaction. Sometimes I make deals with myself like, “If I can make it through this busy Saturday shift I will get take-out on the way home.” I have been spending more money on clothes, food, and entertainment because I “deserve” it.
When I get to feeling this way I like to watch the Story of Stuff. The short film illustrates the cycle of working at an unsatisfying job, shopping to feel better, and working to pay off the debt. I encourage you to check out this film for yourself.
I have identified myself as being on this work-spend hamster wheel and I want off quickly! I will be student teaching next semester and I do not want to have to work. Instead of saving money for next semester’s living expenses I am spending money on short-term happiness.
In an effort to get back to my thrifty ways, and to inspire others who may feel less than fabulous, I will be sharing a series of articles of how I plan to avoid frugal burnout.
Today I would like to share my black coffee strategy. I enjoy coffee and I brew it for myself at home. When I am asked to join friends for drinks I treat myself to a chai latte. It is nice to have a little indulgence now and then.
If I were to go to a coffee shop and order a chai latte every morning, visiting a coffee shop with friends would not be as exciting. In order to make the occasion more eventful I would be more inclined to order a meal or dessert to go with my latte. Now, in addition to the daily expense of a latte compared to black coffee I incur the cost of dessert as well.
I apply my black coffee strategy in other ways. A date night for my boyfriend and me usually includes a Netflix video and a homemade meal. When we go out to eat at an inexpensive Mexican restaurant and enjoy a movie at the $1 theater, it is a special event.
How do you use the “black coffee” strategy?