>The Po’ Girls Drink

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I have tried to fight the addiction numerous times, but my love of coffee keeps coming back in full vengence. Unfortunately, my coffee machine broke a few months ago and the coffee at work, while free, is not.good.

Enter Christmas, where I asked Santa for some Starbucks gift cards. Seriously, what more could a bonafide coffee addict who passes 3, count ’em 3, Starbucks on her way to work want (and that’s when I take the subway, forget about walking)! However, as much as I love it, Starbucks is expensive $$$ Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned so that I can indulge as often as possible!

Poor Man’s Latte
An iced doppio. Add milk.

Poor Man’s Chai Latte
A chai tea misto with extra foam, two tea bags and a half pump of cinnamon syrup and half pump of vanilla syrup.

Refills
This happens to be something that I am definitley guilty of. Refills are only 50 cents! ($.54 with tax). If you buy a coffee in the morning and save the cup, then you can refill it whenever for cheaper than the carts on the street (for those non-NewYorkers, this is unheard of)! One downfall, the policy is actually for 50 cent refills if you are sitting in the ‘buck only. However, I dont think that alot of baristas keep to this policy strictly; hopefully you’ll be one of the lucky ones.

Starbucks Cards
One kind gentleman informed me yesterday that if I registered my Starbucks card then the refill would be free. Um whaaaat? I could have hugged the man. Be sure to register any gift card you get for some super sweet rewards!

**Just as a disclaimer, while I do use some of these cheapskate/genius tactics occassionally, I do also support the company by purchasing my $5 grande soy vanilla mistos pretty regularly 🙂

Ta ta for now – I think my coffee definitley kicked in this morning

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7 thoughts on “>The Po’ Girls Drink

  1. >I am going to start a tea exhange for Heart Day…would you be interested? Bloggers would pass three bags onto other bloggers…Also, have you tried chai tea with a shot of espresso topped off with one shot vanilla and some foam? TRY IT!

  2. >Haha – I love this. I too have come up with all kinds of tricks to "beat the Starbucks system." My addiction got so great that I just had to go with making my coffee at home – but this will come in hand for those two-coffee days 🙂

  3. >Thanks for the tips, as an avid coffee drinker (I, too, have made many unsuccessful attempts at quitting the java goodness) those bargain cues will come in handy when I go into the crackhouse a.k.a Starbucks again. Have a great weekend Jenny!

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