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coffee cups: old or new style?


My old style coffee cup on the left and my new style one on the right

The new style coffee cups are pretty cool. Well, not cool in temperature, but cool in the ability to keep your coffee warm, throughout the day, for hours. I used to use an old style cup that my soon-to-be father-in-law gave me until my fiancee brought home a new style cup from her work - it was a freebie. I never looked back at the old style cup and sometimes wonder how we - humankind - have made it this far.

Why do I have little faith about humankind’s intelligence? Well, the first reason, as I previously mentioned, is because the new coffee cup keeps my coffee hot throughout the day whereas, the older style cup only kept my coffee warm for 20 minutes. The older style cup was poorly designed with little thought put into development. Now, with the newer cup, I can enjoy my coffee slowly instead of rushing to drink it. The second reason, I burn myself way less frequently, since I do not rush to drink my coffee. The third reason, the new style cup has a lid. The lid prevents me from dropping things in the coffee like my phone, flash drive, etc and also keeps an excess of coffee from spilling out on my face and chest; this has happened to me multiple times before when I was using the old style cup.

The transition from the old style cup to the new style cup cost me nothing - very rarely in my life does this happen. However, I believe that the price difference between the two cups is only a few dollars - $5 at most. To me, the new style coffee cup is worth the difference.

You may be asking yourself, “but G - that’s me - why are you rambling about coffee cups; are they really that important?” My point here is that all financial choices need to be considered appropriately, no matter how small they may be. When it comes to coffee cups, I’ll spend the extra $5 to get a newer style cup. So, in this case I’m spending a little extra money. Let’s say that you are faced with 100 minor purchases a month and 70 of them you are able to save $5. That’s $350 saved per month and $4,200 saved annually!