The cure for the common cup

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Welcome to our month long buy less plan! Read here to get caught up on what’s going on.

Day: 10

Product: I swear I had this on the list to tell you about anyway. I did not have anything to do with the current “scandal.” However, this is the perfect cure for the current “scandal”:

Don’t spend so much on coffee.

Strangely enough (or not,) retailers LOVE addictions. They also love making you feel you deserve instant gratification and more and more extras—even if it’s bad for more than just your wallet.

Don’t buy it; be a grown up. If you want to continue a caffeine addiction, make it at home. If someone wants to meet you for coffee bring a thermal cup and enjoy the visit without the hit to your wallet. If you have one of those fancy single cup makers, buy a refillable pod. (Remember the post about buying less packaging?)

All of these things will help you spend less, be healthier, and steer clear of a weird/stupid situation or two. Hurray!

Who wants overspend on a cup you’re just going to toss in the trash anyway?

Oh, you didn't know about the history behind the Starbucks logo? If they're using their cup to say things it is, "sex sells because in the end we're all just numbed, voyagers in this life who will easily succumb to being lured into disaster. Yep. Now you know.

Oh, you didn’t know about the history behind the Starbucks logo? If they’re using their cup to say things, it is this: “Sex sells because in the end we’re all just numbed, voyagers in this life who will easily succumb to being lured into disaster. Yep. Now you know.

Reason to buy less: If your basement floods you’re going to lose it all anyway. Wouldn’t you rather get rid of it now rather than when it’s covered in sewage backed up from the city’s outdated system?

Suggestion: On the theme of fads, here’s a way you can battle the desire to buy more: Be your own fashion plate. Don’t bend to current trends. Make your own.

Just because everyone else is into baggy/skinny/slim/wide-legged/etc. jeans doesn’t mean that you have to buy them. Just because everyone else is into getting coffee at Starbucks/not Starbucks doesn’t mean you have to get expensively prepared coffee at all.

We know it’s a bad plan to live our lives based on others. We tell our kids not to fall to peer pressure. Why should you? Be unique. Be creative. Be lazy. Don’t be buying things because advertisers tell you to.

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/25654510@N00/2422219264″>Starbucks Old Logo vs. New Logo — Too Much?</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/”>(license)</a&gt;

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