I’m a big, fat, caffeinated cheater

November 28th

Yep. I just had $2 worth of coffee and oh my, was it worth every single drop. I actually thought of licking the cup before throwing it away, I was so sad to be finished with it.
One of many lessons learned during this budget week — $.25 worth of coffee is sold for $2 at most coffee shops. You can make it stretch into two cups with skim milk and Splenda.
Now to figure out how to cut that $2 from my planned food. Or, I very well may just make the caveat that my world without caffeine is an ugly, terrible place. My name is Kelli and I’m a caffeine-aholic. For what it is worth, I am considerably nicer with coffee in my system.

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14 Responses

  1. Dude, I would sell myself for a coffee fix. It’s a sickness.

  2. heh- I’m the same. I wouldn’t mind living on lentils as long as i had my black plunger coffee every morning.
    Fascinating posts about living on food stamps. It’s amazing how easy it is to forget about how lucky we are.

  3. Two years ago this month I used to spend an average of $4.50 PER DAY on a pack of cigarettes & a large cup of 1/2 coffee, 1/2 cappuccino. I knew all the cashiers at my gas station & they always knew what I wanted before asking for it. Since then I have kicked the nasty expensive smoking habit & I brew my own coffee in the mornings. I make 3 cups of Folger’s French Vanilla roast coffee in my mini pot with a packet of Sweet ‘n Low & I’m good to go. It’s tastier, not nearly as fattening, and much less expensive! I love all your points in your previous post, too. Our country seriously needs to get it’s priorities right with nutrition for everyone.

  4. I’m currently weaning myself off caffeine (although my drug of choice is Diet Coke. What can I say, I’m from Atlanta!) and so I feel your pain.

    I also thought of you today, when I stopped by the grocery store to pick up “just a few things” for dinner tonight, and lunch tomorrow – and spent close to $30! I realized that was more than your budget for the week. It really gave me pause….

  5. Coffee + Kelli = a very happy girl…good for you! I hope you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Kelli, I just read back through your last few posts and I have to say I am really impressed at this whole experiment, you deserve a coffee dear!! Good for you!

  7. I love my morning coffee. I don’t know that I could go without it.

  8. If it’s any consolation, you rate higher on the living-a-moral/green-life meter if you truly appreciated your dietary/budgetary transgression (and it sounds like you did). It would be much worse if you blew the budget and didn’t even appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I’m italian, I can’t live without my daily dose of coffee, so I can understand you perfectly!!

  10. Just make sure you’re drinking fair-trade coffee and I’d say you’re good to go!

  11. If we could just have coffee transferred directly into our body and need nothing else, life would be good! Your post made me laugh! I did a 40 day partial fast/cleansing diet and about died from lack of coffee….I had to cheat and drink a small cup every day and cheated a few times with Coke. I’m not just addicted to coke, I stinkin’ LOVE it. It’s horrible! ๐Ÿ™‚ BUT when I did drink less. I did feel better…..

    Hang in there!

  12. oh I understand the caffine love. I have been starting to ween myself from the stuff to make a much better new years resolution this next year of no caffine. I am down to two DC’s a day, and right now all I can think about is that second one I can still have. It has taken everything out of me to not run to the machine and buy one. But I must hold out!

    Don’t worry – the coffee isn’t the point of your week. The point is to undertand other people’s limitations. Sounds like you already get it.

  13. I think it would be so hard to live without caffeine. If you’re desperate to stretch out that coffee and can stand the taste, do what I did in college when I was flat broke: don’t empty out the last brew’s grounds and just add a little bit of new coffee grounds to the pot before re-brewing. It ain’t pretty, but it’ll get you by in a pinch.

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