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’s 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. Tracking my whereabouts was not my idea.
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. 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.
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.
Let me know what your saving up for with you’re “coffee money.”