Let me just say from the get-go that I don’t buy the mularkey about giving up a daily latte to pay off your mortgage. If you can’t understand if and when you’re able to afford a fancy cup of coffee, then I suggest you start at the very beginning of this blog or another personal finance blog (there are SO MANY good ones).
With that out of the way, I want to take a moment and thank Starbucks for taking so much of my hard-earned money over these years. I’m serious. I must have spent a couple thousand dollars here over the past six years since I sucked at the teet of the coffee bean, and I don’t regret it for even a moment. In fact, I’ve gotten pretty crafty with how I enjoy my favorite destination so that I’m getting the most bang for my buck.
Starbucks Rewards Gold Card with free refills
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Starbucks offers rewards for frequent customers, and it’s worth your time to sign up if you haven’t already. The Gold level is where the goodies are: free birthday beverage, free refills on brewed coffee and tea, other benefits. The free refills is where the real value is, because nothing beats sitting at Starbucks for 45 minutes and having a couple tall coffees (start with a dark roast and then refill with a blond roast, it is awesome). And before I forget to mention it, get to 125 stars and order something special as your free reward. I may normally sip coffee but I will order my quadruple venti seasonal latte with extra whip and caramel swirl just because I can.
Espresso Doppio Over Ice
When I need a bit more pep in my step and I don’t have the time to sit and enjoy multiple refills of my brewed beverage, I get the espresso doppio over ice (2 shots of espresso). Then I walk over to the little bar and add my milk and powdered flavors to create the drink of my choice. I save $1.50-$2.00 and make my own poor man’s version of Pumpkin Spice Latte, Cinnamon Dolce Latte, Mocha, etc. I even get the thrill of playing barista for a couple minutes, which is pretty invigorating.
Reliable Free Wifi
Is there any better reason to go somewhere than to use their free wi-fi and play games or surf the net? Given the flexibility of my work and my penchant for blogging, I can do both from a comfy seat at Starbucks. I know, I know, I’m a lucky cat. The other great thing about free wireless internet at Starbucks: it’s fast enough so that you’re not ripping your hair out waiting for text to load on your favorite new site.
So while I may clip coupons in my free time and constantly check for deals so that I get the lowest price on items I need like deodorant and detergent, I don’t apply those rules to Starbucks. And that’s because
Starbucks, I Choose You