For a few months I have been going to exercise classes twice a week run by my son which are held outdoors in a lovely park in Turramurra, a few suburbs away. I have been catching a couple of trains, using my AU$2.50 Seniors Card, and stopping at a little bakery and coffee shop to have my breakfast before walking a short way to the park.
At first I just bought a cup of takeaway coffee, but I had graduated to sitting there, reading the paper and eating two slices of buttered raisin toast with my coffee. It had become a habit I looked forward to, but extra expenses recently made me think about how much money I was spending. The total cost of one cup of coffee with raisin toast is AU$6.00, so I was spending AU$12.00 a week, or up to AU$624.00 per year! I thought what I could do with that money: go on holiday, have multiple haircuts, buy many Xmas or birthday presents, or just spend it on food or utilities.
I decided to get up earlier, make my own breakfast and organic coffee, and take a magazine or book down to the park to read instead. So far I have met several lovely dog walkers there and had some nice conversations as well as enjoying sitting under the beautiful autumn trees and just reflecting on life in general. I find that I don’t really miss the coffee and raisin toast and I’m going to put the money I would have spent away for a future holiday. My breakfast is usually healthier e.g. porridge or muesli, and I have more energy when I exercise as my stomach is emptier.