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Hi, I’m a coffee addict – Part I

August 8, 2010

Hello, my name is Kristina… and I am a coffee addict. Serious, hook me up to an intravenous, the barista knows it’s me over  the drive-thru speaker, addict. 

I am a fairly frugal person, but when it comes to getting my coffee fix I can fork over four dollars per latte without even a flinch. (It’s terrible I know!)

I have been working on our budget, finding little places here and there where we can cut back. Going through my last couple bank statements it was blazingly clear, cut back on the coffee my dear. It seriously made my stomach turn when I added up how much I spent in a month. (Don’t ask, I will not tell you.) 

There were several factors contributing to this serious addiction.

1. I need to leave the house.

2. I need for a break. 

3. I need to see people.

Amelia is one of those kids who falls asleep easily during car rides, which is a blessing and a curse. When out running errands it is pretty much guaranteed she will conk out. Transfering  from the car seat to her bed is no easy task and usually ends with a ticked off tired toddler who won’t go back to sleep. Super fun! What’s a gal to do? Hit up the drive-thru at Caribou coffee while Amelia gets her beauty sleep ala car seat. Even confined in my car, I gladly traded $5 for a latte and newspaper for this tiny break.  The question loomed , “Is $$$/month worth one hour of down time while stuck in a jeep all the while  nursing an infant. Not so much. Being cooped up in my car like an animal, just to get my daughter a nap, did a real number on my mood and overall outlook. I felt paralyzed.

 Now I am proud to say with a couple easy fixes I am now saving $$$, while getting out of the house and getting my daughter down for a nap in her bed (most days.)

Here is what I did:

1. I made a decision I would try scheduling errands and outings before or after Amelia’s “nap-time-window”. (I know other parents are thinking…duh…but, it is REALLY easy just to nap her in the car.)

2. Start making my coffee at home and taking it to go. That way when we are out I won’t be tempted to stop for coffee.

3. If/when Amelia falls asleep in the car, wake her up immediately (so she doesn’t get a mini-nap) and attempt to get her back to sleep at home.

4. I started to use out stroller with this kids more. This small act has saved many trips for coffee because of a napping toddler. And when she conks out in her stroller I just  hunker down on Summit Ave  with my current library find and nurse Max.

I am now happier and fill much more accomplished each day and Amelia is getting a longer nap! Everyone wins.

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I have a couple questions for you, all four of you…or maybe there are five now?

What are your vices when it comes to spending?

What is the most desperate thing you have ever done to get your kid to nap and/or get out of the house for a break?

Comment below with your answers. I would love to hear them.

Stay tuned for Coffee Addict – Part 2 for frugal tips for making your fav iced mochas and lattes.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Erin permalink
    August 8, 2010 10:13 pm

    Coffee is mine too. Starbucks twice a week for me and treats for the three big kids it really adds up!

  2. August 9, 2010 10:08 pm

    In the summer it is Iced Soy Lattes and Lacroix, for sure! The coffee is so much about just seeing other people – since I walk there. And Finn is so in love with all the baristas, so they hold his attention so I can glance at the paper.

    As for sleep – I have no qualms about stroller sleeping or car seat sleeping – although Finn transfers well. I suppose I am especially desperate every time I resort to the stroller – but I feel like its ok and no longer have any guilt about it. Sometimes it helps everyone to get fresh air. We are such walking fiends in this house. I am sure it is in the kids’ DNA.

    • August 10, 2010 1:53 am

      Karen: It’s not that I feel guilty for spending the money…but it was a heckuva lot of money…we are talking more than $100 some months. I really want to stay home with the kids and spending that much on coffee makes me want to barf. I still end up napping Miss Amelia in the car from time to time…I just now park the car along summit to read and sip my to go latte I made at home. The paralyzing part is thinking of all the things I could be getting done while she naps. (Filing papers and organizing my pantry…things I CAN NOT do while she is up.) Seeing things pile up stresses me out to no end. So in turn napping her in a way which doesn ‘t allow me to complete tasks is stressful for me. I also don’t “sit well”. My nursing collegues can attest to this. Walking has been touch and go with Amelia, one moment she loves the stroller, the next she wants out to walk “beside” me. drives me bonkers. Though we did walk to the library last friday and she conked out. I did the same thing except I pushed the stroller into starbucks. I enjoyed this much more than sitting in my car.

  3. Nicole permalink
    August 12, 2010 8:46 am

    We are also revamping our budget and it is really tough. One thing that has worked for me is to budget a dollar amount monthly and then pull it out in cash. So let’s say I only want to spend $50 dollars a month on myself then that’s what I get. Once the cash is gone, it’s gone. This way I don’t feel guilty everytime I swing through the coffee shop or want to purchase something for myself. Vices: shopping while hungry, not having a complete list or going completely list free and lately buying items that are easy. Now that we at the end of the pregnancy I’m finding my energy to actually prepare food is really weak.

    We have also done car and stroller napping as well as watching T.V to get sleepy. In my opinion the latter is obviously not an ideal method! Alex also now takes a nap with a fan (aimed towards the wall) for white noice. May sound silly but it has worked for us. He takes a nap after lunch and I always tell him before hand that we are going to eat and then take a nap.

  4. September 21, 2010 6:07 pm

    If you read my blog you could see that I have 3 kids….and it is real chaos in my house every day, especially after two older ones come back from school, so I am dependent on coffee; I wouldn’t say addicted. I don’t work, and rarely going to get a coffee at any coffee shops…I spend about $4.00 for a jar of coffee for whole month which I drink twice a day (my husband doesn’t use this magical drink) My break..well I take them to grandparents, which is blessing for me and then I can get a break, get my chores done, go shopping or a simple walk in the nature is amazing just to recharge my batteries. They do not nap anymore..not even 4 year old, but when they were little, usually I would lay with them until they fall a sleep, and it was really easy for me since they are out in a matter of minutes, but if we are out they would easily sleep in a car, stroller, mine or my husband’s arms..I mean you name it 😀
    The most desperate call that I had to use…well so bad from my side..I would get sooo tired and they just wouldn’t go to sleep (by the way each child had at least one toy that they were afraid from) so I would say” I would get a frosty,or purple monster, or big bear out if you do not finely get some sleep”. And actually when that time did came that my kids are bouncing up and down, and just did not want to go to sleep that would work for me!

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