I’ve been ruminating about why Starbucks is like a drug, I think it stems from working night shift as a nurse. I would start my night with a soothing latte while reviewing my patients’ charts for the night. It was a nice, calm ritual. My pager generally did not stop buzzing until an hour into my shift.
This inappropriate affection towards a drink is sick and it needs to be broken.
1. Change your route. This was not easy for me. I typically pass 3 Starbucks to get to work. If I zig and zag twice, I’m in the clear.
2. Tell everyone at work you’re off the sauce. That way if they see you arrive with a disposable coffee cup, they can berate you.
3. Allow a loved one to track you like a dog. We recently added a car insurance device that monitors your driving. This is my favorite Starbucks stop before work.
4. Come up with a new ritual. It’s 1000 degrees in Omaha right now, so I’m switching to “iced lattes”. My husband dumps leftover coffee
5. Delete the app from you phone and lose your password. I bought my last my last Starbucks latte and then I gifted the remainder of my gift card to the car behind me. Once my account was zero I delted the app. It felt good to see the icon shaking with fear as I pushed delete. Afterwards, I felt a bit nauseous and really wanted a comfort coffee.
6. Get a latte maker for your house, this is the one I have and it is as good as a Starbucks latte. After 6 weeks of drinking your coffee at home, the machine is paid for. This is my latte maker off of Amazon.
Bonus Tip: At the end of every week take the $27.75, you would have spent and put it into a specific savings account. I desperately want an electric bike, but it feels like a huge splurge. If I stay strong, I can buy a used one in April with coffee money.
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