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T 8: Try something new, NOT going to the coffee shop

1 December 2011 121,267 views 2 Comments

I’m only publishing this now due to the fact that I was concerned about a) potential failure and b) anyone feeling like tempting me towards potential failure, ha ha.

The idea is simple. For 30 days I’m not to purchase coffee from a coffee shop. Just to see if I can and, in current global movement trend, to save some dollar. Likely there’ll be other ‘benefits’ along the way… A few weeks back I watched the ‘Try something new for 30 days’ TED Talk (below), Matt Cutts who gives the talk wrote a novel in 30 days, ridiculous eh.? This is my spin on it.

So here are the findings thus far :) Oh, and by the way, this is emphatically about not buying coffee from coffee shops, this has NOTHING to do with giving up drinking coffee, all gods forbid…

the beginning

I started on November 9th. It was ok, I drank coffee at home as usual. Actually I should say that there are elements of my current routine/ lifestyle that work well with this ‘challenge’: I work from home a lot in the day and normally just have filter there, and I work in a restaurant in the evenings where I can help myself to good espressos.

heading out

The following week I had to go to the office for two days. This was not good. I found a way around – does this count?? – my Starbucks card had credit on it from prior to the ‘challenge’ so I figured this was not in fact expenditure and er, had two Bucksys in two days. Thoughts..?

Met a friend in town, we walked, we chatted, then it was inevitable shall we go for a coffee. I tabled the predicament and she shouted me a coffee. Does free-loading from your mates count..?

going ok

Depending on how you view the two situations above I thought it was going pretty well. The whole obsession about when, where and how to get coffee was now out of my life (c’mon, you know what I’m talking about). I discovered two things: you cannot make a decent cup while holding the filter yourself and those drippy plastic things by Douwe Egberts are actually alright.


No two ways about this, I took mum to Starbucks and bought tea for her and soy-so-delicious-i-nearly-cried-latte for me. I had my reasons. This was one of those times when you let this kinda thing go. (I’ll do an extra day at the end….?)

three quarters

I have just over one week left and I think I’m going alright. And maybe I feel a little richer..? Well, my change is staying in my purse for longer, there is no doubt about that. I may have stopped buying things altogether!
I’m gonna be honest though. I miss it, I miss the warm cup in my hand, the aroma of the coffee shop, the delicious, delicious taste *sigh*.

Eight days left, I’ll let you know how I travel… x thriftyluce


The TED Talk that got it all started
You can watch the video right here but also check out this link to the Talk on the TED site and read some of the comments from other people, it’s pretty cool how he got people thinking.


T -1: NOT going to the coffee shop


  • Marie said:

    Love it. I envy you. I swore that post New York I would ‘clean up’ but in reality, I have lapsed into venti soy lattes every day since…oh well. Hope you feel virtuous! Mxx

  • lucyjjames » Blog Archive » T -1 Try something new: NOT going to the coffee shop said:

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