Brief thoughts: Does penny-pinching ever seem excessive?

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Brief thoughts: Does penny-pinching ever seem excessive?

I saw the following video from Buzzfeed, “Money-Saving Starbucks Hacks For The Broke Coffee Addict” via Youtube yesterday and had some thoughts I wanted to share. See video below:

While it is cool to know that downloading the Starbucks app allows me to get free refills as long as I don’t leave the building, some of these hacks seem a little tedious. I’m debating with myself if saving $36 a year by bringing in my own reusable cup is a worthy money move. It seems more cost effective to simply buy coffee at the grocery store and brew it at home or work.

Ordering a cold brewed drink with no ice but the ice on the side in order to get more for your buck seems eye roll inducing, and this is coming from a girl who always says “easy on the ice”. I don’t want to be THAT customer. If you’ve ever worked in the service or retail industry, then you know exactly who THAT customer is.

For me, Starbucks is more of a treat to indulge in. I like to drink coffee, but I either go to more affordable places to grab a quick cup of coffee on the way to work or I buy it at the grocery store and make it at work or home. Those are the coffee money hacks that I participate in.

Then again, who knows, I am most likely being hypocritical considering how I am the girl who also signs up for every single email list in order to get free birthday goodies from the likes of Baskin Robbins and Noodles & Company. If these Starbucks money hacks work for you, then by all means: carry on!

P.S. I’m all for using Groupon to find deals on things.


Stay tuned next week when I’ll reach my hand into the bag of Ask the Pig questions! Want to Ask the Pig something about money? There’s still time to submit your anonymous question!

3 thoughts on “Brief thoughts: Does penny-pinching ever seem excessive?

  1. I’ve conspired using my tumbler at cafés to save money but i don’t go there often enough. It think it’s a great planet-saving thing we should promote. But again, I probably wouldn’t drink enough to get the $36 savings. And at that rate, wouldn’t it be easier/smarter to just brew at home and save more money and calories?

    While I’m all for cheating big corporations who don’t pay employees well, I’m can’t support “hacks” that make life more difficult for workers. Hard pass on these buzzfeed tips.

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    1. I’m all for the environmental pros of bringing one’s own cup to places. That being said, I also felt like this “hacks” were more so tedious and don’t save as much as simply brewing at home.

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