Starbucks, ohhh how I adore you. But, I don't adore your prices.
$4.50 a grande, when I have a budget that is pequeño, no-bueno.
Solution? Find a substitute. A tasty budget-friendly substitute.
I was getting
I had left over ice cream and extra caramel sauce.
Taaa-Da! I solved my problem and found the solution!
The sum of the two components were better than the original answer for the equation!
Basically, I can get what I want at a price I love!
[Oh that sounds like an advertisement!]
Another tip: If you are addicted to the lattes/espresso - a $60 espresso/steamer machine gets its worth after about 15 cups. So in less than a month you will have made a very good investment!
One more tip: Are you a chai latte lover?? Tazo Tea sells their chai tea concentrate in 32oz boxes for around $9.00. Um.. those little babies cost about $4.00 at the coffee shop. Wake up just 7-10 minutes earlier in the morning and that will save you mucho dinero!!!
Okay last tip: Do you meet up with friends at the coffe shop to chat?? Take one of the tips above and make your home into the newest cafe (o-le!).
So why all the posts on saving money!? The hubby and I have had quite the spendy year. We had a vacation and a couple visitors to Japan. And - we discovered that the plants I
work try so hard to keep alive on the balcony are in fact NOT growing money (damn.). So - we want to rebuild our savings and be financially healthy! But, even though my trips to the coffee shop may be non-existant, my cravings are very much alive. Thus, alternative methods needed to be worked out so that I don't feel like I'm sacrificing my love for all things coffee & my wallet is no longer vulnerable to my urges.
Hence...my new thrifty-gotta-work-with-what-ya-got attitude!
So, I'll probably keep posting little things here about the new coupon-using-clearance-scrounging-frugalista I've turned into!
Oh, and if you can't tell, I'm loving every penny I've been saving!