We'll soon be spending a few days in Georgia for some R&R. One of the participants in that trip wrote of her excitement and said she'd sing the excellent song Georgia On My Mind if she knew the words. I love both popular versions of the song, recorded by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, and decided to track down its lyrics in hopes that she actually would decide to sing it.
Thoughts on any and everything: food, sports, politics, family, current events, and more!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
months of posts, saw the post about a month back about cheap Starbucks.
I love Starbucks, but it had been something I'd completely cut out as part of cutting expenses while
preparing for a potential job-loss. In part because I read that article, I began contemplating how I
could enjoy Starbucks more often without breaking the bank. My boss has Starbucks a couple times
daily, so I believed there must be a much cheaper way to regularly enjoy Starbucks.
I'd heard that there were discounts available by taking one's own cup to Starbucks, and that they had a customer
loyalty program, so I set out to learn about, and take advantage of, both.
The biggest obstacle I faced was that my favorite drink from Starbucks had been a vanilla
latte. The largest of those costs on the order of $5, and I'm completely unwilling to often spend
$5 for coffee. Since I knew that the latte is about as much milk as it is anything, I believed the
key to saving would be to find something I liked as much as the vanilla latte.
As part of their customer loyalty program, I discovered that milk and syrup options are free
additions to coffee. After a few days of trial and error, I've found that I can get a tall coffee
with cold, whole milk and vanilla syrup for $1.57 for the first cup, and little if any money for
subsequent cups that day. And, best of all, I can tell no difference at all between this concoction and the
vanilla latte. Over the past couple weeks, I've had nearly a dozen cups of coffee for the
cost of three vanilla lattes.
To find out more about the loyalty program, check out starbucks.com. Happy drinking.