Back when I was in investment banking I was working the crazy hours everyone always hears about. Yes, it is possible to work 80+ hours a week. And yes, it’s virtually impossible to have any life outside of work if you work those kinds of hours. I kept up that crazy charade with a nice addiction to Starbucks. An average of 5-6 cups of coffee spread throughout the day and I survived. Granted, I wasn’t the healthiest or the most frugal back then, but at least I wasn’t drinking those $5+ frappuccinos or macchiatos, right?
I have since kicked my Starbucks habit (and am down to a single cup of java a day), and hadn’t thought about it until I came home the other night and my wife told me about the insane line she saw at the drive-through Starbucks in our town. She said it basically wrapped around the entirety of the shopping center. And this was in the middle of the morning. I can’t imagine what that line must have been like during the peak morning rush.
Other than the fact that you’re wasting dollar after dollar on coffee every time you go to Starbucks, there many other factors that have a negative impact on both your finances and your health.