I swear, the world is conspiring against me to give up drinking coffee.
For years doctors have cautioned me against drinking too much coffee. I now have two cups a day -- one decaf with my breakfast and another around 4:30 in the afternoon when I pick up Rosanne's daily 12-grain bagel (she's addicted) from Tim Horton's. I admit that late afternoon cup of java is a "fix" in my rather humdrum existence, but I enjoy it and look forward to it. So does Rosanne.
A money management consultant recommended recently that I attempt to "save at least the cost of a cup of coffee every day" from my meagre fixed income...And I have tried. Since Rosanne and I are a team and combine our incomes in order to provide for the necessities of life (mine an old age pension and her's a disability benefit) I have tried very hard to put aside the cost of two Tim Horton's coffees each day.
Now my church is the latest to jump on the "save the price of a cup of coffee" bandwagon. This past Sunday, at a congregational meeting following the worship service, a well-meaning but misled spokesperson promoted the supposedly brain-wave idea that we all could put aside $1.65 (inflation affects coffee shop prices too) "every time we have a coffee at Tim Horton's." The thought being that if we all "bought" into the concept we could virtually wipe out the church's budgetary deficit inside of a year's time. For me, that was the last straw.
Taking into consideration the local charity, my insurance company, the money management guru and now my church (which I already budget for each week), I am now looking at roughly $4,000.00 that I would be required to put aside each year from a fixed income that does not fully cover cost of living expenses each month as it is.
I have come to the conclusion that I can no longer afford to drink coffee, thanks to the commitments that I have been lured in to by special interest parties. As a way out of this "put aside the cost of a cup of coffee each day" bind, and without a pang of guilt, I am going to give up my daily coffee and start drinking tea exclusively. No one out there is suggesting that I "put aside the cost of a cup of tea each day". Not yet anyway.
P.S: I have yet to break this news to Rosanne...I can just hear her now: "If anybody puts aside anything now Mister, it will be for your funeral which may come faster than you think!" Wish me luck!