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Starbucks Treat Receipt: Deals & Caffeine all in one

3 Aug

I’ve posted before about my love for Starbucks Iced Coffee (mmmm!) and yesterday I shared with you all how much I love saving money.  So, I felt absolutely compelled to share that for the month of August Starbucks is issuing “Treat Receipts.”

Starbucks Treat Receipt August 2012 & Gold Card

As my receipt reads, “Make any purchase before 2 p.m. then show your receipt after 2 p.m. same day to get any cold Grande drink for $2 + tax.”  Did you say any cold Grande drink, Starbucks? Yes, yes you did! That means I can even get my beloved skinny vanilla latte that usually costs me way more than $2 if I splurge on a special occasion. This is great news. (You’ll also see my gold rewards card in the photo above. Proof that Starbucks is my one expense I can’t seem to bring down. Especially in the summer– iced coffee is such a weakness for me. In the winter my Starbucks spending goes down significantly since I make coffee in the Keurig at work.)

Except, you might remember a few weeks ago for That’s it! Thursday’s, I gave up having more than one caffeinated beverage a day. So– I’ve gotta remember to tack on “decaf”  iced skinny vanilla latte to that order this afternoon. I’ve been doing great so far with this and I don’t want to end my streak now! That’s right, Starbucks, you won’t get me with your tricky discounts and schemes!

What’s your favorite Starbucks (or other coffee joint) beverage?

That’s it! Thursday: 8/2 Healthy Eating Can Cost A Little More

2 Aug

I am cheap. As a general rule, I am always looking for the best deal, the lowest price, and to save a few bucks. But, I’ve realized that in order to live a healthy lifestyle, I have to be okay with spending a little more for a healthier option.

So, for this weeks “That’s it! Thursday” I vow to give up my cheap ways. I’m not saying I won’t stay thrifty, because you definitely can still eat healthy on a pretty low-budget (I’ll give you some tips for that below). Instead, I’m going to work on spending the extra $1 for the egg white omelette or the $2 for salad instead of fries. I will buy the healthier bread option from the grocery store instead of the one that’s on sale (can anyone say bleached white bread?). To me this comes down to priorities. Is my health worth that extra couple of dollars? Yes. Yes. Yes. Health > Money. Plus, let’s not even go into the actual monetary cost of living unhealthy– prescriptions, complications, more doctors visits, the list goes on and on. All this to say, I think I can spare the extra bit of cash– so now I will!

Titus and Livia, my kitties, searching for their food among my groceries.

Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget:

  • Plan out your Meals (and snacks!): One of my recent That’s it! Thursday features was about my transition to meal planning. Since then, I’ve noticed a notable drop in my grocery bill. If I know in advance what I’m looking for at the store I don’t end up with frivolous items that catch my eye. I also don’t end up throwing out a bunch of groceries that I never got around to using before they went bad.
  • But, be flexible in your meal planning: I plan my meals after reviewing the weekly circular for my grocery store and plan my meals for the week around what is on sale. Sales can be your friend! Just make sure they’re items you can actually use in your dishes.

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