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Coffee Silliness

Monday, May 27, 2013

So many funny things happen every day that remind me I'm no longer a 20-something college grad, enjoying single life in a big city...although I still think of myself as young, life seems intent on reminding me that I'm 39, married with kids, living in smaller-town-America, and B-O-R-I-N-G!

For example - I enjoy coffee. I limit myself to one large mug in the morning, so I don't get too over-caffeinated during the day. I'm also a stay-at-home-mom...which means we don't have an extra dime to spare. I run a tight ship--and our finances are in great shape, because we don't spend money on "frivolous non-necessities" like coffeehouse lattes, or fast-food, or movies at the theater, etc.

I make my own coffee, and I have even been know to re-brew grounds to save a penny or two. (Hey, you load coffee with enough sugar, chocolate, creamer, etc, and it doesn't matter how cheap it is to begin with!) :)

So a friend gave me a Starbucks gift card as a thank you for lending her some baby clothes. Wow! What a rare & special treat! I promptly logged online, as the card instructed, to register my "rewards"--knowing full well that I'll probably never waste money on reloading the darn thing.

But surprise surprise--the rewards card gave me a FREE drink for my birthday last week! WOO HOO! A double bonus! Not only a gift card with money to burn....but a free drink on top of it all! WOW!

So here's the "Getting Old" part of this blog.....I wanted to head to Starbucks today to treat myself to something, and I realized I have NO IDEA WHAT TO ORDER! 15 years ago, I would've been able to stride into any coffeeshop & rattle off the proper espresso lingo...but NOW?!?

Ridiculously enough, I had to do research on the Starbucks website, so I can go today & not embarrass myself! I now know the difference between Tall, Grande & Venti. I now remember some of the Non-Fat Mocha No Whip lingo.....and it totally makes me chuckle.

I guess things really do change in life! There are so many more important things in my daily world than overpriced coffee beverages.....that I am happy to live in the dark. And for today, at least, I've been enlightened enough to treat myself. As long as it's FREE............. ;)
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HILLSLUG98239 6/3/2013 7:43PM

    I used to drink cappuccinos, but it's almost impossible to get a cappuccino today. I order a cappuccino, I get a latte. I roll my eyes and remember to never order a cappuccino in this place again.

Now, I either get drip coffee or just a double espresso. And I avoid Starbucks. They charge too much for a straight espresso. Then they quit brewing drip decaf after noon. (As the folks at Peet's Coffee noted, you shouldn't piss off the decaf drinkers: they're the only ones who you know are drinking your coffee because they like the taste.) The last straw? They switched their drip brew to a light roast. I'd rather buy a cup of truck stop coffee and save a couple bucks.

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GALINAZ 6/2/2013 1:15AM

    I can so relate! I've advised family I'm kicking the SB habit so no more gift cards, they'll have to get creative!

I read your info and I'm sorry to hear about your back. I've had problems with that combo too, it got me losing weight, still a ways to go.

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LILYPUTIN 5/27/2013 8:07PM

    Good for you and Happy Birthday too!!! You are a real grown up, but not old. If you were old, you would have enjoyed your gift card as a bookmark or ice scraper and never gotten that cup of coffee. Way to go!

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/27/2013 5:18PM

    Just an update for y'all.....I DID IT! I went to Starbucks & ordered my FREE birthday drink--a venti mocha non-fat with a shot of caramel & no whipped cream. LOL!

I popped it in my fridge & will drink half tomorrow morning. :)

It was $4.40 of free coffee--amazing! I can't imagine spending that daily--even just on workdays that's $22 per week! Or $88 per month! Or $1,144 per year!

That's a lot of money that could be put into a savings account....wowie-wow-wow! :)

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ZENXB! 5/27/2013 4:36PM

    You are MATURE!!!! I am a former Starbucks Slave! I would go daily, knew the slang and all the baristas knew my name. Then, I gained LOTS of weight. Starting my day with a Mocha Latte and scone is NOT the way to go.... but then I kept going... I felt remorse for not going to say "good morning" to my "friends". Like you said, what a GREAT TREAT!!! But only once in a VERY long time. OH, and you are right about the FREE! I saved LOTS of money on coffee alone. Kudos on not getting hooked!!!
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MT-MOONCHASER 5/27/2013 3:41PM

    All this make me glad that I'm not a coffee drinker... emoticon


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