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Starbucks Habit

June 8th, 2022 at 06:30 pm

One good thing that came out of the pandemic for me was kicking the Starbucks habit.

Before the pandemic, I only had Starbucks as a treat.

At least that is what I told myself and anybody else who asked.

However, after 2+ years of Covid, I see that in reality, Starbucks had become part of my routine. I went every Monday and every Friday and the occasional weekend trip when we would walk there or head there on our way out of town somewhere.

I routinely added $100 a month to my Starbucks gift card. That wasn't a treat. I can also see now that I didn't really appreciate the times I did go to Starbucks because it was no longer "special".

I don't drink cofee. I order chai tea lattes, which they make from a syrup that you can add milk to. They sell the same syrup at the grocery store. With the onset of the pandemic, I started buying it from the grocery store and making my own at home. For LESS than the price of one drink at Starbucks, I was able to make 4 for myself at home.

Now I rarely add money to my Starbucks card and I really only do have Starbucks as a treat. I can't even remember the last time I had to add my own money to my card. I get a small gift card here or there and we add those to the balance, so I don't hardly ever have to spend my own money.

This has saved me money and time. I no longer need to detour on my way to work or anywhere else, not to mention my drink was rarely ready when the app said it would be so I had to wait around for it. Now I have chai tea lattes whenever I want for a fraction of the cost I was paying.

I'm so glad I am not spending my money on Starbucks anymore! (That's not so say it was a waste, but the value for money was no longer there for me. If you value spending money that way, it's just another example of personal finance being personal!)

4 Responses to “Starbucks Habit”

  1. Wink Says:

    I love this! It's so true how that "treat" can become routine. Many years ago, my drink of choice was iced coffees from Dunkin. I was astonished just how much I was spending there when I started tracking everything I spent. I make them at home now.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    For me, it was Pepsi, but I kicked it in 2019 before COVID. I had been trying to quit for 25 years, but I was seriously addicted. Once I actually quit, I did have at least $80 extra per month to spend on things I actually need, because drinking Pepsi also made me crave snacks high in carbs. I drink more tea now, but only stop somewhere for my tea one time per day instead of at least 3 times for Pepsi. For the rest of my tea drinking, I use either bags or tea from gallon bottles of Red Diamond tea.

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Actually walking to starbucks during the pandemic and getting DH a coffee became a thing I broke when he went back to the office. He loved it. Before pandemic no starbucks. After pandemic? Starbucks only store open lol.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Your priorities have changed and that's wonderful. Plus, you are seeing the benefit of making it yourself -- can have it when you want it and saving money besides! Good for you!

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