Are you Rolling up the Rim to Win? The prizes are fantastic and all you have to do is just keep buying coffee and rolling to your heart’s desire, right? Sooner or later you have to win something. I was a master roller some years ago, bought a couple of cups of joe a day in hopes of hitting it big. I got two things: 1. Poorer and 2. a couple of free coffees. Was it worth it? No way!
Several years ago a single mom named Marie Andre was my hairdresser in St Eustache. You can imagine she didn’t make much money, but she was a great hairdresser. She had long tresses that were sometimes pink and sometimes purple and man, could she drink coffee! There was a Cinnabon Restaurant just across from the salon where she worked and she always had a cup of Cinnabon coffee on her station. She used to tell me how hard it was to raise her son alone on a hairdressers salary. I could well imagine, and so I tipped her well each time I went.
One day I asked her, “Marie Andre, how many of those Cinnabon coffees do you drink a day?” and she told me she drank two, but when she worked evenings she drank three.
“Well, how much does one cost?”
“$2.25 plus tax.”
“So that means you spend at least $4.50 a day on coffee, and sometimes $6.75.”
“Yes, but it’s the only treat I have.”
So I did the math with her. Assuming she worked five days a week and only bought two coffees a day, that came out to $22.50 a week, before taxes; $90 a month, and $1080.00 a year. On Cinnabon coffee! Imagine what she could have done with that money.
So Marie Andre brought a coffee machine to work, made all her coffee, and drank to her heart’s content, knowing that she was saving at least $800 a year. That’s a lot of money.
I always think twice before buying a coffee now, knowing that I can have one at home for pennies. Starbucks is another place with overpriced coffee, and they say the price is going up due to the rising cost of coffee beans. When I was in Seoul earlier this year, the coffee-shop coffee was at least $5 a cup.
However, there is one place that I buy coffee every week on my way home from grocery shopping: The Irving Big Stop. Their coffee is .99, any size, any time, any flavor.