The fixation that America has over flavored coffees boggles the mind. Who knew that when Starbucks launched a coffee-lifestyle that the world would latch on and refuse to let go? Masterful marketing, coupled with an inviting atmosphere, is far too much for most people to resist. It makes no sense that it makes no sense, and there is seemingly no end to the madness.
I’m a coffee drinker (and I’m NOT cheap) but I’ve never fallen prey to the marketing blitz OR the indulgent coffee-lifestyle. It’s made with water that I wouldn’t otherwise drink, and it’s laced with flavored chemicals that I wouldn’t otherwise ingest. It’s loaded with calories that I wouldn’t otherwise eat and it’s served up in containers that I wouldn’t otherwise pollute the world with. It is sold to me at a price that is 100+ times what it costs to make, and it gobbles up my hard-earned money that I can make better use of. My work requires that I talk to lots and lots of people about better health and improved finances. To indulge in the unhealthy coffee-lifestyle trend myself, while I’m preaching a different message, would be the truest definition of hypocrisy!
I’m guessing that IF most people took the time to calculate the cost of their coffee-lifestyle, they might just choke on their grande. It doesn’t seem like a whole lot when we consider it cup-by-cup at the rate of $3:00-$5.00 a dose. A little indulgence here, and a little indulgence there, and what you end up with is a small fortune spent on a coffee “experience”. To say that you work hard and that you respect your money while tossing it at a “luxurious” cup of coffee day in and day out is another good example of hypocrisy! You may convince yourself that YOU are worthy of that coffee experience, but you definitely don’t value hard-earned money if you’re routinely spending $4.00 on a cup of coffee that costs less that 30 cents to make! Just sayin’.
With a Little Self-Sacrifice; the Possibilities are Endless!
What could be done with that small fortune you’re spending on your coffee-lifestyle IF you stopped consuming it and you saved it instead?
Would your Thanksgiving table include someone(s) less fortunate while you feed them with money you refused to spend on your coffee-lifestyle?
Would you adopt a needy family for Christmas and buy gifts for those suffering souls with the money you saved?
Would you go on a small vacation next year (that’s no joke IF you’ll do the math) using money from your old habit?
Would you have the money to buy some new clothes for yourself with the money you saved…a size or two smaller because of the calories you’ve saved too!
Would you be able to afford to buy good tickets to a concert OR attend an event that you’ve longed to attend JUST BY refraining from self-indulgence?
If you insist on feeding your coffee-lifestyle, that’s certainly your business. But it’s a good idea to nix the hypocrisy when you do. Don’t whine about your weight or your wallet as long as you’re negatively impacting both in the process. Don’t preach about GMO’s, pesticides, organic or gluten-free as long as you’re a part of feeding chemicals to the world. Don’t speak-up about the quality of water and our pollution problems as long as you’re tipping your coffee cup filled with water you wouldn’t otherwise consume served in a cup that’s compounding the pollution problem.
There’s a whole lot of hypocrisy in trendy cup-of-coffee, that’s for sure. But the GOOD news is that it’s thrown in for free.
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About the writer:
I’m an environmental advocate; specializing in water. A mini “Erin Brockovich”…but instead of battling for justice; I’ve got SOLUTIONS. SOLUTIONS for businesses and SOLUTIONS for families. Families like the Erin Brockovich family, the Bill Gates family, the Donald Trump family, the Martha Steward family, the Oprah Winfrey family and a host of others…and I’ve got a LONG TERM and affordable SOLUTION FOR YOUR FAMILY TOO!