I read several simple/frugal/intentional living-type blogs, and pretty regularly someone will post a recipe for DIY specialty coffee. “Why spend $4 on coffee when you can make your own delicious iced mochas in your very own kitchen for pennies?” they ask.
Um, I’ll tell you why.
For $4, someone else will make my coffee, bring it to me, and clean up the mess.
For $4, I become a Starbucks customer, which gives me access to those comfy chairs, free wi-fi, and gratuitous air conditioning for as long as I want (well, until Stephen has to go to work and I have get back to my job as Mom).
For $4, I can stay blissfully unaware of what is going into the coffee I am about to drink, thus protecting me from any knowledge of calories, fat grams, and scary, unnatural ingredients that might take away from my enjoyment of my comforting beverage.
For $4, I also get the “free” Venti-sized, triple-filtered, ice cold water that I drink after my coffee, counteracting any negative calories I may have just consumed (not that I would know), and alleviating any guilt that I might have thought about feeling.
For $4, someone else will find the phone I dropped in the bathroom and bring it to me. At my own house, I would have to use callmyphone.com and then fetch the lost phone myself. (Not that this just happened to me…)
I don’t know about you, but I think that for all these benefits, $4 is a steal.