Wednesday, January 09, 2013
That's why it took me a week to get organized for my 1st New Year's Resolution: "Lay off the Starbucks."
It's really no secret that I love my Grande Skinny Vanilla Lattes. A lot. In the first two months of writing this blog, I spent almost every lunch hour at the Starbucks near my work. They know me there. It's like my Embassy.
But like many resolutions, this decision is money-oriented.
Right before the New Year, I updated our Mint.com account. If you don't have one, but want to know where your money is going, I recommend signing up right this second! It's totally free and totally awesome! If you're a nit-picking, list-making, card carrying Virgo like me, this appeals in so many minute and controlling ways. They have an app too. Guess who checks it obsessively every ten minutes or so? Ha.
So like I was saying, I updated our Mint.com account. Turns out, we spent a two-week European vacation worth of fundage eating out last year. Yeah. Bummer.
That was that. Decision made. We decided to get serious about our money and where it's going. We have a few money goals for the first quarter of this year. Setting a goal that's important to us is the way that we're going to be able to stick to the plan. (I'll share the goal as soon as I can, but it's a secret for now.) Erik is even on board and has given up his monthly subscriptions to various gaming networks.
My first concession was the Starbucks habit. Thanks to generous family and friends, I have a few Starbucks giftcards, but I am limiting myself to one drink per week. Other than that -- it's going to be tea!
So last weekend, we stopped at Central Market to pick up some new, exciting teas to try! I got three new ones from Stash:
* Orange Spice
* Chocolate Mint
* Coconut Mango
I'm a little terrified of the Chocolate Mint, but can't wait to try Coconut Mango!
I'm really excited to try all the new flavors! Rocking two teabags seems to be enough caffeine to compete with my previous Starbucks consumption. And saying good bye to the coffee shop atmosphere? I hole up in my office conference room. Door closed, lights off, blinds drawn, ipod on. It's my own, private coffee shop. Scratch that, it's my own private tea shop!