Well a few weeks ago, Justin was finishing up his final big paper for school. His paper had to center around a company that has recently had problems and he had to discuss ways to "fix" the problems within the company. He chose Starbucks and their recent decline in sales due to the economony. He found this great website with a Coffee Cost Calculator that I just had to share. If you are a Starbucks person...this is for you. (And I'm even talking to the "a few times a month" Starbucks drinkers like myself.) This website allows you to put in the average cost of the drink you purchase and approximately how many days out of the year you purchase the drink. You can then choose how many years you want it to calculate and the percentage for your investment yield (your interest on the money if you put it into savings). The default was $3.50 for one cup of coffee for 250 days out of the year (average number of days in a work year) for 10 years at a 4% investment yield. (The website includes an extra slot to input your cups of coffee from your office as well. I just input a 0 there.) After a year, at this many cups of coffee, you spend $812.50 (yikes!), after 10 years with this money invested, you would have $9,754.96 in the bank. Oh my! Even if you just get a cup about once every week throughout the year, like myself, that's still a little over $2,000 in savings. Crazy!
So my point in all this? Even those Starbucks "splurges" add up. That's $2,000 I could be putting to further God's kingdom and help those so much less fortunate than our little family. That's $2,000 that could go toward our savings or whatever else God has in mind. That's $2,000.
I'm not here to tell you what to do. Not my point at all. I'm just sharing what God has laid on my heart recently. I'm definitely thinking more about those "little expenses" that just don't seem so necessary anymore!