How to Break the Starbucks Addiction

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 every night(He’s such a disappointment, wasting money like that.) So I am now stock piling it in the freezer. 

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.

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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