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I'm totally kidding. I used to be a Starbucks addict. I used to go at least five times a week without fail. Sometimes, I would even go on the weekend. I was spending over $30 a week for my caffeine fix. When I put it into perspective how much this addiction was costing me, I made steps to break the habit. My mother bought me a coffee pot for Christmas and I started making my own coffee at home for alot less money.

Yesterday, I ran out of creamer so I made a return visit to Starbucks. This time, it actually hurt to drop over $4 for a cup of coffee. I thought about how much money I'd spent during my Starbucks addiction and thought about how this money would have helped me reduce debt or boost my savings.

I'm glad I broke the Starbucks habit. It looks like more people may be breaking the Starbucks habit. According to Yahoo Finance, the company is closing 600 underperforming stores in the United States.

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10 comments

  1. over40debtweightloss // July 12, 2008 at 12:55 PM  

    I use to be a Starbucks addict also, until I realized I was spending over $50 per month on it.

  2. Tiffany // July 12, 2008 at 6:43 PM  

    I am still addicted to Starbucks. I changed my order from a chai tea latte to drip coffee and I buy my coffee beans there. I rarely go into the store, because I brew their stuff at home.

  3. Anonymous // July 12, 2008 at 7:03 PM  

    I'm glad I broke the Starbucks habit.

    Well, you are still an addict.

  4. Today's Budget // July 13, 2008 at 9:15 AM  

    You will probably enjoy my take on people breaking their Starbuck's addiction in The Car and Coffee Index. Watch how the Starbuck's stock price (fewer consumers consuming) falls as gas prices rise.

  5. Scott // July 13, 2008 at 6:34 PM  

    I used to spend $50 a week at Starbucks when I worked in an office. My justification was getting to work early and enjoying the routine of going to Starbucks as a reward. A very costly one too! I would buy a drink and pastry in the morning, and a coffee and cookie in the afternoon.
    Now that I work out of my house, I spend $0 on Starbucks and enjoy homemade coffee and all the milk I can drink:)

  6. CelticBuffy // July 13, 2008 at 11:10 PM  

    I live in a town with no Starbuck's and stopping there when we visited the "big city" is always my treat for the trip. We'll be moving there next month and I plan to continue keeping it just a treat.

  7. MoneyEnergy // July 14, 2008 at 2:33 AM  

    Good job! I have Starbucks everyday, but I don't feel bad about it, because it's really my only discretionary expense right now (I'm a student, studying for finals, low income, etc. etc.) - you gotta have some breaks now and then, and my Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade keeps me sane.:)

    I have no problem with Starbucks. If that money didn't go there, it would just go somewhere else... you can only have so much discipline at a time. We do have a finite store of discipline, and I use mine on my studies right now.

  8. J. Money // July 14, 2008 at 1:59 PM  

    I'm also an addict, but only because i can get away with it. I convinced our boss a cple years ago that we'd all work "better" with free coffee. He agreed and refills our company starbucks card every week ;)

    It never hurts to ask!

  9. UrbanFrugal // July 17, 2008 at 8:46 PM  

    I enjoy a treat from Starbucks once in a while. I used to work right across from one and I would go there for lunch a few times a week since it was the only coffeeshop in the area.

    I make coffee at home. Occasionally I will get a coffee drink there or just drip coffee because my friends who don't like coffee give me their Starbucks gift cards.

    When I am in an airport, I head for Starbucks because I prefer strong coffee.

    http://www.urbanfrugal.com

  10. Anonymous // November 11, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

    I was also a Starbucks addict. I was going 4-6 times a week. I finally had to stop. Now I go 1-2 times a week (usually before an early meeting or if I have to travel one day for work) and on the other days I make instant coffee at home. It's not as good as my Venti Vanilla Non-Fat Chai lattes that I like to get, but the cost of instant coffee is $4 at the grocery that lasts me for week, while Starbucks if $4 per drink that lasts me a few hours. Much better savings!