I’m generally not one to sit at home and drink a bottle of wine over a weekend (or one night, whatever). But since my local pub is closed for renovations, my social drinking there has taken a hiatus. Under normal circumstances, I’d go there for about 4-5 hours on a weekend and hang out with some fun people. And I’d spend about $80.
It kind of sucks not being able to pop in for a swift pint or two and shoot the shit with the few regulars that I know along with all the staff that I love. But on the other hand I’m saving a bucket of cash. Compare a $11.95 bottle of wine (yeaaaaah, the good stuff.) to my $80 at the pub.
I love doing things that are simple, easy, and enjoyable. And my habits form quickly but don’t usually break so easy. Going to my local 2-3 times a week for a few beverages and a few good laughs was a good habit that I enjoyed. But, since they’re being closed for “up to 8 weeks” for renos, they’ve really helped push me to break this spendy habit.
There was a time last year where I took 4 weeks or so off on a mini-hiatus but that didn’t break it. I think this time, where I’m forced to go without, it’ll only be a matter of time before this habit is considered broken. It’s already been two weeks and I’ve started looking for other things. I’m afraid after 8 weeks, I’ll have no desire to go there like I did before.
Breaking expensive habits for better, cost-effective ones seems like a good idea to me.