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I love Starbucks.

I love Starbucks. 

I love Starbucks. 

Skinny caramel lattes. Fat-free green tea lattes. Grande peppermint mochas in the cheerful holiday red paper cups. And on a special day, a venti non-fat caramel macchiato.

I love it so much that I even posted about it (actually paid homage to it) on my other blog. I won’t go into it like I did there. This blog is about money, not emotions. Right? Except that emotions are closely linked to money and money can be closely linked to emotions. The older I get, the more I realize this. 

Anyhow, after going through a random monthly debit card statement, Hubby and I realized that between the two of us, we spent over $100 at Starbucks for that particular month. (I told you I loved it.) Of course I knew I went there way too much. Of course I knew it was expensive. Of course I knew it was stupid. But I went anyway. I went, and I went, and I went. 

Yeah. Well, now the top of our excessive spending list looks like this:

1. No More Starbucks

Darn it. I sure am going to miss my daily runs. It’s not like I will never go there (because I have a $20 gift card burning a hole in my wallet, woo hoo!), but I must get my daily coffee supply from home

I have been doing this for a couple weeks now, and I must admit, I kind of like it. Our coffee maker is programmable and now I actually know how to use it. I have realized that there is nothing more motivating while buried under the covers on a winter morning than the smell of a freshly brewed pot of coffee floating up the stairs, wafting over to my comfy, warm bed. It really does wonders in luring me out of that bed, which, trust me, is quite a feat. 

Now I can feel good knowing that: a) I have a fresh pot of coffee waiting for me and b) I will save a ton of money drinking my own java. 

But I still love Starbucks.