Archive for the ‘starbucks’ Category

No Latte — undercaffeinated but smug

June 6, 2007

ok, like i said frugal is not fun….and even being smart with money can sometimes feel like a real drag because it takes effort to think before spending.

that said once you get into the groove of it you can start to enjoy the high that comes from achieving a zero dollar, zero cents day. or at least the knowledge that you were wise enough to resist buying something you don’t need. sucka.

for those of you who need to feel a bit more smug (i mean inspired..), we all love reading lists and doing calculations. so i include a few links:

Advice to All Graduates: Lets Start with that Daily Latte — (NY Times)
Also, check out how much money you save by not going to Starbucks and how much money that savings could make you if invested by visting this cool calculator:

Break the Starbucks Habit & Save Big Calculator


frugal is not fun

June 6, 2007

i have tried to get on board with those who defend the word frugal but i just can’t. when i say the word frugal i don’t just feel constricted in the back of my throat…it’s stronger than that…uttering the world frugal makes me feel like i have a hairball coming up fast. in fact it makes me feel like my entire being is A HAIRBALL. (more…)

Starbucks Envy

May 19, 2007

On Wednesday my two morning patients were each guzzling hot, store-bought coffee during our sessions. One of them had an attractive red thermal mug. These were hard moments. In my non-frugal, money-bleeding past I was often in the habit of having ‘first cup’ at home and grabbing some absurdly overpriced and hyped brand coffee, nonetheless very soothing.

But Friday is here and we met some friends at a newish gelato place on Sunset. Fantastic coffee. Perhaps the best in Los Angeles. The kids go ape shit on gelato. We are ecstatic about our afternoon espresso. $15-something. Then a jaunt to the Bright Spot for some so-so diner food. $59 (three adults, three kids).

As Bizarro Debt Reduction guy says, a DWL — A Day Well Lived — no shame in blowing some dough now and again. Actually, it was great.