By ZOE LAWRENCE
A year ago, I stopped buying coffee.
Not because I don’t like it. There are few things I love more than a really decent flat white on a weekday morning.
But my daily coffee started to become so much more than coffee. It was my crutch; the one thing I would rely on to get me out of bed in the morning. And I never made my own coffee, so my day at work was only a good one if I’d managed to get down to the coffee shop by 10am.
I was spending a minimum of $4 per day on coffee. That $4 bought me just one cup.
More often than not, I’d also add on some toast or a muffin – so I was forking over $6 or $7. Sometimes I’d want another coffee in the afternoon, putting me past the $10 mark.
$10 isn’t a lot to spend in one day. But it really, really adds up – something I didn’t quite realise until I saw a statistic that buying coffee every day for a year is the equivalent of spending $1,277.50.
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I couldn’t believe it. That amount of money could buy me:
• A laptop;
• A trip to Fiji;
• A one-way flight to Europe;
• A gym membership; or
• A really nice handbag.
Breaking it down, even a small amount of money per day can make a huge difference – maybe not to our own lives, but absolutely in the lives of others.
When it comes to charity, even tiny amounts of money can contribute to a really significant change. Take, for example, the charity Foodbank – with just $10, they can provide 100 Aussie kids with a bowl of cereal and milk.
That’s breakfast for all those kids that don’t usually get breakfast. Food for thought, right?
Don’t hate me – but I’ve always been a little bit hesitant to donate a lot of money to charity, thinking that I don’t have a lot of spare change. After all, my job has never paid a fortune. I can never afford extravagant holidays, clothes or shoes.