Unfortunately there's one bad habit of ours we just can't seem to quit. Coffee. In the last 4 years we've both given up so many addictions, but this truly is the last one that just hangs on for dear life for some reason. We've quit several times, even going as long as 6+ months without touching a single drop of espresso or home brew. I never drank coffee until I moved to the Pacific Northwest. I was probably 27 years old before I even tried it. Something changes in you internally, I swear when you move to an area where there's a Starbucks literally on every corner and coffee shacks line every major road. It's everywhere, you can't get away from it.
So while I'm not proud of the addiction itself, and I swear I'm working on it, what I am proud of is that I've found a way my family can save money on it. The term "coffee treat" is well known in our house. Whether it's Becca asking to go for a double chip, chocolate chip frap (the one without coffee of course), or Erick craving a TRENTA iced coffee, or myself desiring one of those famous "skinny" holiday drinks they offer, we all know and love the term "Coffee Treat"!
I knew we had a problem when we were in the drive-thru line and my 11 year old was happily teaching my 12 month old to say "Starbucks". (which she still says with ultimate joy and happiness in her tiny, squeaky voice...) Great. My baby who won't even say "Momma" knows what "Starbucks" is. Fabulous. I felt robbed, and that was BEFORE we got to the window to drop our $18.00 on "Coffee Treats" for the family. "$18.00? On what? You've got to be kidding me." I said such lines everyday as we drove through, made our orders and sipped on our over-priced beverages. Daily.
Something had to change, and it did. We drove to "Cash-n-Carry" the restaurant supply, that's open to the public and got everything we needed.
Sugar Free Syrups (4)
Heavy Cream (1 gallon)
Whipped Cream (2 cans)
and Plastic Cups with Lids (150 sets)
Less than $35.00! That's like 2 trips to the coffee place for my family.
So instead of us sipping away on drinks filled with nothing but sugar and carbs, we found an alternative and I even like mine better than the $6.00 beverage I was ordering from Starbucks. Mine has 0g Sugar, 60 Calories, and 1 Carb. Guilt free and frugal. Love it.