Adding Up The Beans

A Venti Iced Americano, unsweetened, no room – my typical Starbucks order. A frequent regular at the Starbucks watering hole, I was having an average of four to five Americanos a week. And if this wasn’t already a sure-tell sign, let’s make this even more clear: hello my name is Tiffany and I’m a coffee-aholic. I would defend myself by saying that being coffee-dependent is completely normal, I mean it’s basically the norm of America. So every day I, along with all of my other 100 million coffee drinker-friends (true fact), would spend around $3 each day for our needed fix. This didn’t seem problematic, till one day – I did the math. Oh boy.

With every Venti, I was spending $3.00, multiply that by the four I would have per week? $12.00. That means I was spending almost $50 a month on coffee alone; $576 each year on just some espresso and water. Granted, it was my livelihood and I looked like death without it, but that’s beside the point. The scariest part about all of this was I had not even added up all my other beverages that I would normally consume within a month! Why oh why was I cursed to love tea as well! Thai teas, milk teas, green teas, fruit teas (basically all teas), was costing me another $24 a month. So my total cost for caffeinated beverages added up to being $74 per month. And if we throw in a buffer for those extra long work weeks, drinks had while on vacations, and the treating of friends for celebratory occasions, we can safely say that these two vices were costing me $1,000 a year! Could this be any more devastating? Oh right, let’s not forget that these numbers are only for the non-alcoholic drinks…

So I am putting my foot down. I put my foot down, bought that $1 reusable Starbucks cup (what can I say, you can take the girl out of Starbucks but you can’t take the Starbucks out of the girl!), and have only allowed myself 1-2 drink purchases a week. It’s amazing of how much money you can save, just by cutting out some small expenses! Expenses that you don’t even know you don’t really need. On Sundays, I now make a huge batch of iced tea and keep it in my fridge for the rest of the week. K-cups have made it possible for me to still have my espresso and I keep a stash of my favorite tea bags in my purse. That way, if I’m out of coffee I can just ask for hot water and still get my caffeine fix! All without spending a dime.


The U.S. spends $18 billion on coffee every year.


Starbucks’ goal is to serve 5% of beverages, made in their stores, in personal tumblers by 2015.

Don’t see yourself lasting without a trip to your favorite local coffeehouse? Or you just don’t have time to make your own coffee in the mornings and it’s too much of a hassle? There’s still something you can do! Invest in a tumbler, many coffeehouses (such as Starbucks that gives you a discount of ten cents) offers a discount for customers that bring in their own mugs. This may not seem like a lot, but let’s just say you didn’t cut back on coffee and were still drinking those four cups of coffee weekly, just by purchasing a tumbler you’re not only being green but you’re also saving yourself $60 a year! That’s a new pair of shoes for you!

XX. Tiffany


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