Our office moved upstairs next to all the restaurants and shops inside the airport. I would walk by them on breaks and in the morning into work. I started finding myself stopping at Starbucks for a small decaf coffee with cream once a week, then twice a week, and sometimes even three times a week, all at a cost of $1.60 a cup. I was usually good about not ordering food there but on occasion I would break down and get a piece of lemon cake (very small piece too) at a cost of $2.45. Some morning I would be too tired to make lunch for the day, always thinking in the back of my head I work at an airport where they have food if I forget mine or don’t feel up to making it. This was a bad thought. I started eating lunch at the airport, the highest place ever to eat and spending $10 give or take there.
I made changes after looking at my latte factor and now I buy the prepackaged Starbucks coffee at the grocery store. There are 10 sleeves in the box (but I like my coffee light) so I can use one sleeve two or three cups. The price is $7.19 (without coupons) but comes out pretty cheap for a cup of coffee compared to visiting the Starbucks store. Oh, I forgot to mention, when I did get coffee at the Starbucks store I would dump out a quarter of it so I could add enough creamer to lighten it the way I like it. What a waste of money.
I now bring a grocery bag of food that I leave in the fridge for the week. I don’t have to remember to pack a lunch each day and I am always prepared without having to give into eating out at the most expensive place on earth, the airport.
I love your book and it is a wonderful tool to see just what I am doing without knowing I am doing it. My eyes are now open.