Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I have company in my cheapness


I don't buy coffee at Starbucks very often. It's usually a special event when my daughters are on break from school, or we are traveling, or someone in the family just needs a little time with me. When one of these special occasions occur, I usually order a "short" beverage, which comes in an 8 ounce cup. The larger cups have cup-sleeves to make holding the coffee more pleasant when the cup is very hot. Instead of a cup-sleeve for the 8-oz cup, the barista always double cups my coffee. That leaves me with one perfectly clean cup outside of the used cup, when I'm done. If I'm not out-of-town, I save the clean cup and lid (the lids are plastic and hand-wash well). I have to admit, sometimes I save the dirty cup, too, if all I had in it was black coffee. I reuse these cups for portable coffee or tea for myself at a later date, so I'm not tempted to buy a coffee drink while out running errands.

This past Saturday was a beautiful day, and one daughter and I had some free time. I suggested we go to the farmer's market near the beach while I get gas and a few groceries. I was also thinking I'd use this as an excuse to stop at a Starbucks and get an iced coffee. Instead I suggested we pack ourselves a snack and I made myself an iced coffee, using one of my saved cups, and the leftover coffee from the morning. (This is a Christmas cup from Starbucks. I wonder if anyone noticed this, when I had my cup of iced coffee out walking in the town by the beach.)

Back to my company in cheapness -- my son's fiancee frequently makes him a little lunch or snack when she's cooking for herself. And she uses washed out disposable coffee cups and lids for the drinks! So maybe I've got company in my cheapness.

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  1. Yes, I do that too! We can get free coffee at Horrock's which is like a garden center and specialty grocery store that also sells a little bulk foods. We often go on Saturday mornings for a free coffee with syrups and creamers. We can double up the cups too since they would be too hot to hold. They look like your cup with the lid. Nothing wrong with washing them out and reusing them!

    I can only hope these "lessons" are learned by my kids! Sometimes I see it and sometimes I don't.

    Alice

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    1. Hi Alice,
      That sounds like such a nice little outing for Saturday mornings.

      I often wonder how many of my own "lessons" are being passed down. Some of what I learned, myself, I had to learn the hard way.
      Have a great day, Alice.

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  2. Sounds like you son's fiance is a good match for someone raised in frugal family like he was. Different spending styles often cause huge problems in relationships.

    Enjoy your coffee and the used cups. They are pretty sturdy and could/should be used again. We don't get many of those kinds of cups since I'm not a coffee drinker and my husband is happy with the cheap coffee we make at home. We indulge ourselves in other areas.

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    1. Hi live and learn,
      I think that you're right about finding someone with similar spending/saving styles. I'm sure that must be frustrating when one partner is a big saver and the other is a big spender.

      I'm glad to reuse these. Saved me money the other day, and kept one more cup out of the landfill.
      Have a great day, live and learn.

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  3. I do the same type of thing and my kids know it. My oldest daughter & oldest son recently returned from trips & brought me their unused plastic silverware. :) Melissa

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    1. Hi Melissa,
      that's wonderful! I'm sure the plastic spoons and forks will come in handy at some point. I love it when kids "get it."

      Years ago, I actually bought a small package of plastic silverware. I don't remember why I needed it. But we have still not used up that small box, as we get so many free spoons, forks and knives.
      Have a wonderful day, Melissa.

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  4. Like Melissa, we reuse the plastic silverware all the time. I'm sad when it finally breaks. They are great for packing in lunches--if they accidentally get thrown away, no biggie.

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    1. Hi Kris,
      We use the plastic stuff in packed lunches, too. The family brings them home, mostly, and they get washed and reused. My supply seems to multiply faster than it breaks or gets lost, as my daughters grab forks and spoons on campus in the student union. At some point, though, I assume that our in-coming supply will dwindle, and I'll be glad for this surplus.
      Have a great day, Kris!

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  5. I've never actually been to Starbucks, but I do save glass bottles and jars and reuse them indefinitely. Jars I use for food storage, and bottles for emergency water - which I keep in a closet in the basement... it's my "water closet!" :-)

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    1. Hi Cat,
      I save glass bottles and jars, too. They're getting rarer, as product packaging. Occasionally, one of my daughters will buy a bottled coffee drink. Those come in glass bottles and the bottles are great water bottles afterward.
      ha ha -- your WC.
      Have a great day, Cat!

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  6. That is fun to have a like minded daughter in Love. We save things that can be reused :)
    Blessings,
    Patti

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    1. Hi Patti,
      I like that title -- daughter-in-love.
      Have a wonderful day!

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