Opinion: Homebuyers shouldn’t feel guilty for buying coffee + win a $250 Starbucks Card
You hear it often: “Prospective homebuyers shouldn’t go to Starbucks because they should be saving that money for a down payment on a home.”
We understand the reasoning, but it is fundamentally flawed.
Also, it’s not realistic to lower the price of a house by skipping the morning latte.
According to financial site idiot.com, the average American spends about $3 a day on coffee, or $1,100 a year. Even a five percent deposit on a $250,000 home would take 11 years old to save by walking past Starbucks every day.
At that time, the house you were looking at appreciated faster than your abstinence added to your bank account.
Drink Starbucks guilt-free, courtesy of The Mortgage Reports
Despite the flawed logic, the anti-Starbucks argument can still cause a twinge of guilt in the potential buyer. To alleviate this phenomenon, we’re giving away a $250 Starbucks gift card, plus other coffee-related prizes, to one lucky buyer who follows The Mortgage Reports on Instagram.
Additionally, you can submit multiple entries by tag friends in any post related to the Starbucks contest.
Go to Mortgage Reports on Instagramfollow and tag no later than December 19!
See this post on Instagram
🚨 $250 Starbucks Gift Card giveaway! 🚨 – Uh, yes please. From now until December 20, enter to win a $250 Starbucks gift card, a travel mug with free coffee for a MONTH, and other great prizes from @Starbucks! All you have to do is… – 1️⃣Follow us on Instagram @MortgageReports. 2️⃣Tag a friend ON THIS POST who will count as an entry (1 tag = 1 entry, 10 tags = 10 entries). Unlimited entries! – 🎊Winners will be announced on December 20! 🎊 – So why are we doing this? Well, if you’re working to save for your first home, someone probably told you that you could buy a house “if you just skip your daily trip to Starbucks!” We all know saving the cost of a cup of coffee a day won’t make a big debt in a down payment, but we still want to give you your daily coffee! - Follow, tag, earn. Good luck!! ☕️
Better ways to save for a down payment
There are strategies for saving for a down payment with a much higher impact than skipping coffee.
- Pay off credit cards: save $200 per month
- Drive an old car: save $400 per month
- Get a roommate: save $500 per month
- Living with friends or relatives: save $1,200 per month
Look for expensive items that you can do without, at least temporarily. Cut out your highest expenses first, when possible. You’ll collect the cash for a down payment much faster than saving a few bucks here and there (no pun intended).
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